Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix

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

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

Homemade Sazon Recipe

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 and many more dishes! Tomorrow I will share one of my daughter’s favorite dishes with this spice.

Sazon is like the magic spice blend in many of my Latin dishes. I often find this 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! While Goya is the most popular brand, but I stopped buying it years ago when I realized it had MSG. Alternatively, I started using Badia Sazon, but it’s not easy to find. Now I just 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 its’ place.

The key ingredient in this spice mix is ground annatto (achiote), the spice that gives yellow rice that yellow color. Annatto is comes 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.

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Making your own homemade Sazon spice blend seasoning is EASY to do – and the best part, no MSG!
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Homemade Sazon Seasoning Mix

7 Cals Protein 1 Carbs Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 12 servings
COURSE: Seasoning
CUISINE: American
Making your own homemade Sazon spice blend seasoning is EASY to do – and the best part, no MSG!



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


Serving: 11/2 teaspoons, Calories: 7kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Sodium: 281mg
WW Points Plus: 0
Keywords: diy sazon, homemade sazon, homemade sazon without msg, how to make sazon, sazon recipe


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  1. Op is an idiot. There is nothing wrong with msg. Everything you have heard about it giving you headaches and what not is a myth.

  2. MSG is just salt. There’s literally a plethora of evidence showing that it has no neurodegenerative effects like people tend to claim.

  3. Thank you. It is truely awesome.

  4. Haven’t tried your recipe yet but will soon; however, I want to comment on the claims that concerns about msg are “racist”. Let’s not put deprecating labels on things in order to discourage people from using them or believing as they do. People react to things differently. You may not react to msg but others may have anywhere from a mild to a severe reaction. I swell up every time I accidentally consume most artificial sweeteners, my daughter reacts to lime even when she doesn’t know it’s part of a recipe, I can taste a “kick” when something is seasoned with paprika but most people don’t notice that “spiciness”, just being near jalapenos or other hot peppers often makes my eyes start to water and my nose start to run but my daughter-in-law pops these peppers in her mouth and eats them like candy! The whole point is – we all respond to various foods, seasonings, etc. differently. We don’t need to create another “hate” cause even if somewhere in history there may have been an element of truth in the claim – it just doesn’t mean it is so in all (probably not in the majority of) cases.

  5. Facts msg is bad for anyone with arthritis. Has nothing to do with race, stop the lies.
    Awesome recipe.

  6. Yes, finally a healthy version! Tks! Mahalo fr Hawaii!

  7. There’s a recipe in the NY Times food section today for a shrimp and okra recipe using sazon. I cannot eat anything with msg because I react to it almost immediately and painfully. So I Googled homemade sazon, and there you were! And I even have annato which I have never used. So 2 wins! Thank you.