Aug 17, 2014

Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix


 This spice blend makes everything taste better – and making it from scratch means NO MSG!

Making your own Sazon spice blend is EASY to do – and the best part, no MSG!

Sazon is like the magic spice blend in many of my Latin dishes. It's commonly found in the supermarket in small envelopes that you add to stews, beans, rice, etc. It gives yellow rice that yellow color and basically makes anything taste good! Goya is the most popular brand, but I stopped buying it years ago when I realized it had MSG, and started using Badia Sazon, but it's not easy to find so now I make my own which I keep stored in a small spice jar, so instead of using a packet of sazon, I use one and a half teaspoons of this in it's place.

The key ingredient in this spice mix is ground annatto (achiote), the spice that gives yellow rice that yellow color. Annatto is derived from the seeds of achiote tree. In India it's referred to as sindoor, and in the Philippines, it is called atsuete. I can find it in hispanic markets, but you can also find it on Amazon. If you can't find this, turmeric would be a good substitute.

What do I make with Sazon? I always season my wings with it, I use it on my grilled chicken wings, in Mom's Chicken and Rice, Sofrito Chicken Stew, Chicken and Lentil Soup, Arroz con Gandules, and many more dishes! Tomorrow I will share one of my daughter's favorite dishes with this spice.



Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 1/2 teaspoons • Old Points:  0 pts • Points+: 0 pts
Calories: 7 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 0 g • Carb: 1 g • Fiber: 1 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 281 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground annatto seeds (achiote) or turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. 1 1/2 teaspoons of this mix equals one packet of commercial sazon.

42 comments :

  1. You can substitute the achiote for saffron. Achiote gives me heartburn and reflux.

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    1. I substitute achiote w/ sweet paprika (pimento) Spanish tradition. Try with a little at first then adjust to taste. It can be strong if you put too much.

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  2. It's so much fun making your own spice mixes, especially when there is no grounding of seeds involved (something I have had to do a LOT at work recently, pesky cinnamon sticks and star anise!). I remember I made a creole seasoning once that wasn't far off this one here I'd imagine :) Thanks for the recipe! x

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    1. Making your own spice mixes is a lot cheaper than buying packets. I always make my own grill rubs and taco seasoning. Plus then there are no strange ingredients that I find listed on most seasoning packets.

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    2. What is your recipe for taco spice?

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    3. I use this recipe for taco seasoning, except I've recently been omitting the salt and it doesn't taste any different. I quadruple the recipe and save it in a container to use later.
      http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/

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  3. I have been making Emerill's Bang for a few years as well as Bobby Flay's coffee rub for the most amazing steaks.
    I agree with the ladies, it is nice to know what we are putting in our blends, even if we do use the garlic or onion powder which are not naturals.

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  4. Looks great--I am trying to save it to my recipe box, however, and that option seems to be gone! help

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    1. Use the "Make Recipe" button.

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  5. Can I cut the amount of sodium without losing flavor. I am on a very restricted diet? I was thinking of cutting it to 1 tsp rather than Tbsp.

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    1. I don't see why not..the salt would be to your taste

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    2. Seriously? You may lose flavor, you may not. Is it worth not following your restricted diet? Gina gives you a recipe to make something, it's not set in stone. Do as you want with it to cater to your needs. Trial and error. Do what works best for you, or, you can always use what you were using before.

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  6. Thanks so much! My beans just aren't the same without sazon. But I won't cook with MSG. Now, can you work on an Adobo blend? ;)

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  7. I love making my own blends! Super delicious too!

    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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  8. I second the Adobo blend request! :)

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  9. I would leave the salt entirely out and just salt your food to taste when preparing it. I don't cook with much sodium, not because of a restricted diet but because it isn't good for you. Most of the time, we don't even miss the sodium.

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  10. I have never heard of this spice mix before. It looks great!

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  11. This is great! Now I can make a healthier version of my Arroz Con Gandules, thanks!

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  12. I'm so embarrassed to admit that I've never even heard of sazon, well vaguely familiar at best. I love Latin foods, especially yellow rice and am SO excited to find a less expensive spice than saffron and a much tastier one than turmeric. thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. Whoops! I see now the measurement is 1.5 tsp per packet of Sazon. I love unique spice blends so I'm eager to try this!

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  14. I am from Puerto Rico,I always get this at the grocery store, not anymore. This is Great

    Gracias

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  15. These looks like a great spice mix can't wait to experiment with it.

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  16. And if you make it fresh you can really taste it. I've always thought that jars of spice mix have lost a lot of their flavour as they sit in a jar in the store or on your shelf.

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  17. I never thought to make it my own, sounds delicious!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. Yep, me neither! Can't wait to start making this on my own from now on. I normally just made the yellow coloring using the annatto whole seeds, my rice never came out an even yellow color. Going to the supermarket! :-)

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  18. Adobo seekers.I found this and it has a very good rating. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tracis-adobo-seasoning/

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  19. We featured your blog as one of our Favorite Foodie blogs. That you for the inspiration.

    http://musclesandmunchkins.com/2014/08/15/friday-favorites-foodie-blogs/

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  20. Thanks so much for posting this! I am always looking to remove MSG from our products as much as possible. And that chicken and lentil soup is a family favorite at our house! Even my toddler likes it. :)

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  21. This is awesome! I second the adobo request. Speaking of, have you seen the "I love adobo" video making the rounds? Crazy how much sazon and adobo one can go through!

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  22. Thank you so much for posting this! I bought some sazon at the grocery store to make your arroz con pollo and when I got home saw that MSG was the first ingredient listed!!! I decided to use it anyways and your recipe turned out great, but of course MSG-free will be much better!

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  23. Love making my own seasoning mixes and this sazon one sounds great! Thanks, Gina:)

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  24. Nice recipe :)

    If I could add something.. it is that you should use the word "Sazonador".
    Sazón literally means the taste / flavor of things. You use a "Sazonador" (seasoning, lit "seasoner") to add flavor to food.


    /TranslationNazi off
    :P

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  25. Adding this to my must-try list!

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  26. Thank you for sharing this, it would do great help in my future cooking.

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  27. Delicious and healthy meal. It is great to mix your own seasonings. Blessings, Catherine

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  28. Annatto and sindoor are NOT the same thing. The cosmetic version of sindoor is a mercury derivative, and also may contain lead. It's toxic. I really wouldn't eat it. The ritual version is made from turmeric and mortar lime; not necessarily toxic but I still wouldn't eat it.

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  29. Gina has an Adobo recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/04/aarons-mexican-dry-adobo-seasoning.html

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  30. great recipe..thank you for sharing. always love to make my own combo. I tend to substitue cayenne instead of black pepper because of its health benefits. Cayenne's great for circulation and I suppose I love the taste.

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  31. I couldn't find achiote, so I substituted equal parts paprika and turmeric to equal 1 Tbsp. I added 1 Tbsp of the mix to a can of black beans in a saucepan and it rocked. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I have never made my own seasoning mix before, great idea! I definitely will be trying the recipe out.

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