This Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix is made with pantry spices and dried herbs in 5 minutes (or less!)! This DIY Sazon spice blend is perfect for adding a punch of flavor to Mexican dishes and Spanish cuisine! NO MSG or weird, unhealthy additives – just robust, delicious Spanish flavors!
Hi, friends! Today I’m sharing a super easy DIY multi-purpose seasoning mix that’s perfect for jazzing up any Mexican or Spanish meal!
While store-bought seasonings can be convenient, they can also contain too much salt and weird additives.
The great thing about any homemade seasoning is you are in control of what (and how much) goes in it! Plus, it’s a fantastic way to use up pantry spices you have had in your cabinet that are about to expire!
About this sazon seasoning recipe
This easy Sazon spice blend is all about maximum flavor, minimum effort and zero additives!
This Latin seasoning is made with pantry staples and it’s a magical way to add bold flavor to a variety of dishes!
From pulled pork, beef or chicken to fish, beans or rice, you are going to want to put this seasoning on everything!! It’s the perfect blend to have on hand in your kitchen and such an easy way to jazz up any dish!
What is sazon seasoning?
Sazon, pronounced sa-son, is a type of flavorful seasoning, or seasoning salt, used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. Since Sazon means ‘seasoning’ in Spanish, it is easy to see where the name for this multi-purpose seasoning comes from.
Reddish in color, Sazon seasoning typically includes cilantro (coriander), cumin, ground annatto and oregano. While ground annatto (achiote) is a main ingredient in Sazon seasoning, it can be difficult to locate and purchase unless you look in Hispanic markets or purchase it online. However, don’t worry! A combination of ground turmeric and sweet paprika makes a great substitution for ground annatto!
While some store-bought packets of Sazon contain MSG, this easy homemade Sazon seasoning mix contains no unhealthy additives.
What does this Spanish seasoning taste like?
Sazon has a distinctively savory taste. Made up of ground seasonings such as cumin, coriander, annatto and oregano, it is not spicy at all! It is actually very appealing in flavor.
How to use sazon?
Since Sazon is a multi-purpose seasoning, you can use it in a myriad of ways. It’s quick and simple way to add a powerful and vibrant punch of flavor to Spanish and Mexican dishes.
8 delicious ways you can use homemade sazon spice
- Soups and Stews
- Ropa Vieja
FAQs: sazon seasonings
How much Sazon per pound of chicken or meat?
Depending on how much flavor you want to add, you should use 2-3 teaspoons of Sazon seasoning mix per pound of chicken or meat.
How much Sazon is in a packet?
If you are purchasing Sazon seasoning in a packet, there is approximately 1 and ½ teaspoons in a packet of store-bought Sazon.
This homemade Sazon recipe is an easy to way to add flavor to Spanish and Mexican dishes! Uncomplicated to make, yet packed with flavor, you will love having this DIY Latin seasoning mix on hand in your pantry!
Until next time, friends, cheers – to D.I.Y-ing!
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More seasoning blends!
Are you looking for more homemade seasoning blends? Try these reader favorites:
- Hamburger Spice
- Fajita Spice
- Jerk Spice
- Greek Spice
- Italian Spice
- BBQ Rub
- Cajun Spice
- Everything Bagel Spice
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Easy Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix recipe👇
Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix
- Small mixing bowl
- 1 TBS Ground Coriander
- 1 TBS Ground Cumin
- 1 TBS Ground Annatto or 1 ½ tsp EACH: turmeric and sweet paprika
- 1 TBS Garlic Powder
- 1 TBS Kosher Salt
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- OPTIONAL: ¼ tsp Cayenne
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in a dry place.
- 1 ½ teaspoons of homemade Sazon seasoning equals 1 packet of store-bought Sazon.
- Make sure the pantry spices you are using have not expired. If they have been in your cabinet for years, they need to be tossed. Dry spices do expire and when they do the flavor is lackluster, which will result in a spice blend that is dull.
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Thanks for this recipe. I have just started making some of my own spice blends after 50 years of cooking. Can’t wait to get it made and try it
Aren’t homemade spice blends so much tastier than the store-bought variety!? I’m so honored you plan on trying this recipe!! 🙂
Hi Cheyanne 🙂 I hope your doing great, I’ve missed you. Is it weird that I’ve never heard of Sazon Seasoning? Seasoning is just as important as a well-cooked steak, seasoning can change the taste of everything. I’ve always been a little adventurous with my seasonings, I know I will love sazon. It look perfect for a chicken rub or to spice up cauliflower
Mary! I didn’t know either what it was used for. You gave me some great ideas! Thank you and have a great day!
I love making my own spice blends – knowing exactly what’s in them, i.e., no weird stuff! This one looks so versatile, I can’t wait to try it!
Such a versatile mixture of spices! This will definitely become a pantry staple, thanks!
Annatto…I just learned something new today..have to look out for some to try. The seasoning sounds really wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Chey.