Homemade Sazón Seasoning
Yield: approximately 1/3 cup (1 store-bought packet = 1-1/2 teaspoons)
This easy-to-make alternative to the store-bought packets eliminates MSG and lets you control the salt. Ideal for homemade chicken & rice, a variety of Latin dishes, and as a dry spice rub.


  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground annatto seeds (also called achiote; may substitute paprika*)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (1 tablespoon if using table salt)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano and/or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Store in an airtight container.  One and a half teaspoons of this mix (which is the same as 1/2 tablespoon) is the equivalent of one packet of store-bought Sazón.  When using as a spice rub, use 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix for every pound of meat.


*If using paprika in place of the ground annatto seeds, using half smoked paprika and half regular sweet paprika (i.e., 1/2 tablespoon each) adds a hint of smoky flavor.

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