Sazon Seasoning

Sazon Seasoning
Sazon Seasoning
Sazon Seasoning Sazon Seasoning
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Sazon Seasoning (pronounced sa-zon), is also called sazon without msg, sazon, or sazon no msg.

What is Sazon

Sazon seasoning is a type of seasoning found primarily in Puerto Rican kitchens but can also be used in Mexican and Spanish dishes. The seasoning is used on fish, meats, poultry, soups and stews. Most Caribbean Hispanic recipes in this country call for a packet of either Goya or Knorr Sazon Seasoning. The problem with either of these brands of Sazon is that both contain MSG (both list this as the first ingredient), as well as yellow food coloring, red food coloring and something called Tricalcium Phosphate (Goya uses this one) or Silicon Dioxide (Knorr uses this one) - both of these are anti-caking agents - hmmm certainly not what your grandmother would have used!

Like all of our seasoning blends, our Puerto Rican Sazon Seasoning does not include any MSG, food colorings, or additives.

History of Sazon Seasoning

One of the most important things we look at when evaluating which spices and seasoning blends we are going to add to our site are the history or story that we want to share. After much research we were able to talk to Cruz Miguel Ortíz Cuadra, senior lecturer in the department of humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, who is the author of the book Eating Puerto Rico: A History of Food, Culture and Identity. He was gracious enough to share a tremendous amount of knowledge from his research on the history of Sazon Seasoning.

Legumes have played a significant role in Puerto Rico's agriculture and diet from the early 1500s. Lima beans and African beans were early beans of choice, and in the 18th century pigeon peas became popular. More recently, lentils and garbanzo beans have gained wider acceptance.

Beans, Phaseolus, a genus in the family Fabaceae are native to the Americas, primarily Mexico. With beans' strong influence on the islands cuisine, it naturally led to the creation of a "fondo de cocina" (translates to seasoning base or mix) used in cooking legumes to create a recognizable taste known in Puerto Rico as "sazón" (seasoning). In other Caribbean cuisines, this is referred to as a "sofrito".

In Puerto Rico, there is not one right or wrong way to cook stewed beans. As with many regional dishes, the exact recipe varies from not only town to town, but family to family - with each believing that their version is the best. The individual preference for the ideal aroma, color and flavor of the dish is achieved by the cook adding ingredients to the dish at specific stages of the cooking process. In Puerto Rico, Sazon is still used to season braised and stewed dishes as well as other rice dishes, but it is most recognized for its use in preparing beans.

Emotional influences on many meals in Puerto Rico are driven by sensory, physiological and psychological pathways that are filled by the use of Sazon. It might best be called a "comfort" seasoning.

What Does Sazon Taste Like

A mild, smooth flavor that has subtle garlic and onion notes with herby undertones.

What is the Difference Between Sazon and Adobo

The biggest difference between the two is that Sazon Seasoning is geared more to Puerto Rican dishes and will enhance the flavor of your meal without adding heat and Adobo Seasoning is more likely found in Mexican recipes and while very flavorful packs a little bit of heat.

Sazon seasoning is used to add flavorful spice to many regional dishes, and can be added to beans, grilled meats, soups, and stews.

Adobo seasoning is an all-purpose seasoning used for authentic Mexican dishes and is often added to beans, beef, chicken, eggs, fish, pork, rice, and soups.

How do You use Sazon Seasoning

Sprinkle Sazon into dishes that contain onions and peppers, such as rice and beans, fajitas and meat fillings for tacos, burritos and enchiladas. Sazon will enhance the flavor of your meal without adding heat.

Add to soups or stews to give them a more authentic Latin American flavor. This works nicely in dishes that are bean-based. Make sure to measure the Sazon when adding it to liquid-based dishes, as it tends to become more intense the longer that it cooks.

Use Sazon as a rub on beef, chicken, fish and pork before baking, grilling, roasting, sautéing or stir-firing.

Sazon pairs particularly well with steamed green vegetables, such as broccoli and green beans, and with starchy foods such as baked potatoes and French fries.

For those on a sodium restricted diet, use this salt free Sazon at the kitchen table as an alternative to salt and seasoning blends. Some of our favorite recipes using Sazon Seasoning are Chicken Sofrito Stew, Red Red Sazon Stewed Peas, and Empanadillas.

What is a Substitute for Sazon Seasoning

If you have a recipe calling for Sazon Seasoning you can use Achiote Oil (achiote is the preferred name for annatto in many parts of Latin America). You can also use Adobo Seasoning in a pinch just be aware of the heat difference.

IngredientsAchiote (a/k/a annatto), garlic, onion, cumin, coriander, Mexican oregano and cilantro
Also CalledSazon without MSG, sazon, or sazon no MSG
Recommended UsesUse in beans, burritos, chicken dishes, enchiladas, fajitas, potatoes, rice, and tacos
Flavor ProfileA mild, smooth flavor that has subtle garlic and onion notes with herby undertones
CuisineMexican, Puerto Rican, and Spanish
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life6-12 Months
Country of OriginUSA
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Non-GMO


Hungry for More Information

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.8g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more

4.6 out of 5
28 total ratings.

Ysabel B. (Verified buyer) 11/09/2021
I love the taste, and I love the taste, and best it's free is msg

Ron R. (Verified buyer) 05/31/2021
Great flavor mixture The sazon, seasoning is great, especially without the msg. I use it a lot on chicken, beans and rice. Adds great flavor and color.

Linda G. (Verified buyer) 04/30/2021
YUM I use this on everything

Teresa F. (Verified buyer) 02/24/2021
I have looked for this I have looked for this seasoning to try in several Puerto Rican recipes I am wanting to try.

Lisa T. (Verified buyer) 02/22/2021
Loved it. Will definitely be Loved it. Will definitely be buying more as needed. Fast delivery.

Joshua S. (Verified buyer) 12/10/2020
Unnecessary long review Excellent. Great flavor and blend. The quality and service was high level. Shipment was quick. Also, the PA pepper is great. I’ll order more sazón in probably 1.5-2 years but if you let me sample the adobo you’ll probably get an order from me for that too! Keep up the great work! Merry Christmas. Happy holidays

Richard C. (Verified buyer) 10/23/2020
Very Happy Second and biggest purchase. Happy with product and will continue to purchase and add other products

Carol F. (Verified buyer) 10/14/2020
Loved it!! Loved it!!

Nilsa V. (Verified buyer) 09/06/2020
Great! Just a teaspoon and your food will be fantastic.

Tim F. (Verified buyer) 08/23/2020
Absolutely wonderful... This amazing blend of seasonings minus the salt is huge... Sazon is my go to seasoning for many delicious dishes and seasoning meats Mmmmm... I thought I would have to lose the incredible seasoning due to salt restrictions... this to me is Heaven sent thank you Season inc...
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