To make an easy homemade sazon seasoning recipe, combine 1 tablespoon each of ground coriander, cumin, annatto seeds or paprika, garlic powder and salt. Mix well, then store in an airtight container. When using homemade sazon seasoning in recipes that call for packets of the commercial variety, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons of the homemade version for each packet of commercial spice.
Sazon seasoning complements many Latin and Caribbean recipes, such as black beans and rice, Cuban stew, arroz con pollo, and empanadas. Sazon seasoning enhances the taste of burgers, grilled chicken, fajitas, roasted pork loin and other meats. It can also be sprinkled on plain rice to add extra flavor.
The term "sazon" means "seasoning" or "flavor" in Spanish. Sazon seasoning preparations combine the basic flavors of Latin cuisine into a single seasoned salt. The spice mixture can be added to recipes or used at the table as a condiment.
Annatto seeds, a distinctive ingredient in sazon seasoning, come from the achiote tree. They can add a yellow or orange hue to foods. Annatto seeds have a peppery flavor with nutty undernotes. The seeds can be ground or used in a paste form. They are a common ingredient in Jamaican, Latin and Filipino cuisines.