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Homemade Sazon Rub

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Make this super easy homemade sazon rub right in the comfort of your own kitchen! The best part is that this recipe contains no MSG.

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Its great having this Homemade Sazon pre-made and on hand. I’ve used it many times on grilled meats, and after you try it, you will too! 

What is sazon?

Sazon is a Latin spice blend made of earthy spices like cumin, achiote, and coriander, and used to season all types of meats, vegetables, rice, and beans. An important ingredient in sazon rub is crushed annatto seeds or achiote. Use achiote powder if you’re seeking a quicker solution. Not only does this spice have a deep rich color, but it will infuse a subtle smokiness to your food. Sazon appears in various Hispanic and Latin-American dishes, including carne guisada (beef stew), empanada filling, and picadillo (a ground meat hash). 

How to use sazon

Use this homemade sazon as you would any other seasoning. This spice rub works well when applied pork or chicken right before hitting the grill or smoker. It can also be used as an ingredient in marinades. In fact, we have a fantastic recipe for Sazon Grilled Chicken that showcases this spice rub!

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Homemade Sazon Ingredients:

  • Achiote powder or crushed annatto seeds
  • Coriander powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Dried oregano (Mexican oregano preferred)
  • Dried cilantro or dried parsley
  • Coarse salt sea or kosher
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Black pepper
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Making and using it

  • Combine herbs and spices in a small bowl and use right away.
  • To use, simply scoop out the amount needed for your recipe and use it according to directions.
  • Recipe makes 1/2 cup of seasoning mixture.
  • To use as a rub: 1 tablespoon per pound of meat
  • Use in sauces, marinades, stews and soups as directed.

Storing Homemade Sazon

This recipe is simple to make as it contains powdered spices and dried herbs readily available at most grocery stores. Increase the recipe and store your sazon rub in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to one year. I use glass jars with lids to store our homemade rubs and find that labeling the bottle with the date of preparation helps us keep track of its shelf life. Herbs and spices do not go bad, but they can lose their flavor and become bland as time goes by. If you’d like to add an anti-caking agent to the rub, use ground rice hulls, but be sure to follow product directions for best results.

MSG or not to MSG

This homemade sazon recipe does not contain any MSG. Why? Some individuals have physical reactions to the processed, concentrated salt-like crystals. However, if you are not one of those people, please feel free to add it to the mixture. The rule of thumb is that it takes 1/4 teaspoon of MSG to season 1 pound of meat, but use your own judgment and preferences. 

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Sazon

Sazon is a Latin spice blend used to season all types of meats, vegetables, rice, and beans.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: sazon, seasoning
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 0.5 cup
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons achiote powder or crushed annatto seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano Mexican oregano preferred
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro or dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt sea or kosher
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine herbs and spices in a small bowl and transfer to an air tight container. Secure lid and store in the cupboard for up to 6 months.
  • To use, simply scoop out the amount needed for your recipe and use it according to directions.
  • Feel free to double or triple this sazon seasoning recipe to suit your cooking needs.
  • Recipe makes 1/2 c.
    To use as a rub: 1 tablespoon per pound of meat
    Use in sauces, marinades, stews and soups as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 9347mg | Potassium: 867mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 446mg | Iron: 16mg

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