Sazón Seasoning is a wonderful all-purpose spice blend used in many Latin recipes. This homemade version is easy to make using simple pantry ingredients.
Sazón Seasoning is the foundational spice mix used in Hispanic dishes. This homemade version is a knockout success not only because it tastes amazing in recipes but because it also passes on the big fat dose of MSG found in most store brands. This homemade version skips the MSG but still delivers a wallop of flavor.
Recipes that use Sazón seasoning
Sazón is the spice for that gives the chicken in my Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice recipe all the flavor. This blend can be used to season beef, pork, or poultry. It even tastes amazing in beans and rice recipes as well.
What you need to make Sazón
Cilantro flakes dried
Chicken bouillon cubes- To keep seasoning a healthier version, look for a brand that doesn’t contain MSG. I use the Herb Ox brand. (affil link)
How to make and use Sazón seasoning
To make this spice blend, I usually put them into my Nutribullet (affil link) and grind it into a fine powder. You can use an electric spice grinder if you have it or a mortar and pestle (affil link). To use the seasoning, sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons per pound of meat or beans.
More DIY seasoning blends
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*This recipe was updated on 9/19/2020 for improved content. It was first published on 2/9/2018.*
Sazón Seasoning Recipe
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp cilantro flakes dried
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp oregano powder or 2 tsp dried leaves
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp white pepper
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- Put all of the ingredients into a spice grinder and process until it becomes a fine powder. Store in an airtight spice jar.