Make this highly popular sazon rub right at home.

What is sazon?

Sazon is a Latin spice blend used to season all types of meats, vegetables, rice, and beans. I like having this Sazon Seasoning pre-made and on hand. I’ve used it so many times on grilled meats, and after you try it, you will too! 

The main attraction is the crushed annatto seeds, also called achiote. I recommend looking for achiote powder if you’re seeking a quicker solution. Not only does the achiote provide a deep rich color, but it lends a slight smokiness to the finished product. So, if you’re in the mood to put together a sazon rub that is free of MSG, this recipe is the one for you!

How to use sazon:

Use as you would any other seasoning. This spice rub works great rubbed onto pork or chicken right before hitting the grill or smoker. In fact, we have a fantastic recipe for Sazon Grilled Chicken that you will love!

Sazon is used in various Hispanic and Latin-American dishes, including carne guisada (beef stew), empanada filling, and picadillo (a ground meat hash). 

sazon rub
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Making and Storing:

This recipe is simple to make. All you’ll need are powdered spices and dried spices. I recommend tripling or quadrupling the recipe and storing your sazon rub in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to one year.  

I use glass jars with lids to store my homemade rubs. I find that labeling the bottle with the date of preparation helps me 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.

MSG or not to MSG

This recipe does not contain any MSG since some individuals react physically 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. 

Sazon Seasoning


Sazon is a Latin spice blend used to season all types of meats, vegetables, rice, and beans.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: seasoning
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Sabrina Baksh


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


  • 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.

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