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Homemade Dried Sazon Spice Mix (Without MSG)

Sazon is a wonderful seasoning blend and staple used in many Latinx meals! The term "sazon" means "seasoning" in Spanish. This spice mix consists of achiote powder, which is a reddish spice made from annatto seeds that can be found online and/or at Hispanic grocery stores. If unable to find achiote, turmeric can be used as a substitute. The mixture of achiote, cumin, coriander, garlic, oregano can be used to flavor foods such as fish, poultry, meat, rice, beans and legumes, as well as any combination dishes that include vegetables. Unlike the Goya version found in the grocery store, this homemade blend does not contain MSG.

Yield: 10 servings (Note: 1 ½ teaspoons of mix equals one packet of commercial sazon)


2 Tablespoons ground annatto seeds (achiote powder) or turmeric

2 Tablespoons ground cumin

2 Tablespoons ground coriander

2 Tablespoons garlic powder

2 Tablespoons Kosher salt

1 Tablespoon ground oregano

2 teaspoons ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or storage container. Mix well.

  2. Use directly or store in an airtight container.


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