Growing up in a Panamanian household, sazón was a staple. Actually, Goya products in general were are staple. If you don’t know what sazón is, it’s the little packet of seasoning that’s usually used in latin/Caribbean rice dishes, beans and stews. I remember my mom using it mainly for her rice dishes. When I moved out on my own I made sure to always have a box handy just in case. And let me tell you I used to put that shit on pretty much everything! Not even bothering to look at the ingredients on the box. I mean, why would I? No matter what you’re cooking all you have to do is throw a little sazón in there and it will make it better. Guaranteed. Like magic.
OH! That’s right!! Because my migraines progressively got worse and I had to step back and take a look at what I was really putting in my body. Lesson learned. Always listen to what your body is trying to tell you.
Well…turns out that magical little envelope is full of ingredients that really aren’t the best for your body. I mean when MSG is the first ingredient that can’t be good, can it? Throw a little yellow 5 and red 40 in there and an “anti-caking agent” that I can’t pronounce and well…you get the picture. Now I know what you’re thinking ,”But it’s sooooo good!”. I know. I know. It is. BUT I have this recipe for homemade sazón that is an even better alternative. And the good thing is, it’s made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Homemade Sazon Mix
- 1 tbsp ground achiote
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp sea salt. (optional)
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until all spices are ground and incorporated.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Use 1 1/2 teaspoons of this mix instead of the commercial sazon.
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