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DIY Sazon Spice Mix

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  • Author: Chef Lisa @ A Pinch of Salt Lake
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: fresh
  • Cuisine: Peruvian


Use this DIY Sazon spice mix to add flavor and bright vibrant color to rice, chicken, fish, beef, and pork. It is truly versatile. 


  • 2 tablespoons anatto seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  1. Blend ingredients for 2-3 minutes in a food processor. 
  2. Strain the powder through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the husks of the anatto seeds.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
  4. Use 2 teaspoons in place of a packet of Sazon Goya Mix


I like to make a simple marinade for chicken with this DIY Sazon Mix. Generously drizzle olive oil over chicken thighs or breasts. Massage in 2-3 tablespoons of Sazon spice mix. Refrigerate to at least 2 hours and up to 24 and then grill or bake as desired. I even season chicken pieces with oil and Sazon and then freeze the chicken for up to 4 months. This makes getting a meal on the table so easy since all you need to do is defrost and then cook the meat.