Add a Latin kick to Your Meals by Using this Homemade Cuban Seasoning. Its Quick, Easy and Has A Long Shelf Life. The Annatto Seeds are the Perfect Base for this Spice.

I had no idea I could make Cuban seasoning at home.  It always seemed intimidating to make it at home because I never thought I could find the right ingredients

Then, while making my vegan Cuban Picadillo, I came to realize that its so easy to make this spice at home

Front View of a vintage spoon filled with homamade Cuban seasoning and a small still bowl filled with cayenne pepper is in the back. Other spoons filled with different spices are visible in the background

Other than the Annatto seeds, I had all the other ingredients at home.  Oregano, whole peppercorns, cumin powder, garlic powder and onion powder are always present in my spice drawer, so, I thought I should try blending them together.

The annatto seeds were not hard to get.  I just popped into my local grocery store and they had them in their spice section.  Also, if you have a local Cuban market or store, they sell them too.

Overhead closeup view of the homemade Cuban seasoning

I can’t get over how cute the Annatto seeds look.  They are like tiny chocolate chips, right?

They are actually a little woody textured and have a strong spice to its taste.  Its flavor is immediately noticeable to my taste buds now that I have tried them.

A Copper Bowl in the shape of a Lotus Flower filled with homemade Cuban seasoning and a small copper spoon placed on it

I am really kicking myself for not trying it sooner.  But, now that I have tried it, I am putting it in so many curries and other recipes.

I really want to try it in a smoothie recipe because it has a slight peppermint taste.

What to make with this Cuban Seasoning

Vegan Ropa Vieja

This has to be my favorite Vegan Cuban recipe.  The Ropa Vieja turned to be really flavorful and hearty.  I used pulled eggplant and okra along with other ingredients to make this recipe.  You won’t believe how good it tasted!

Overhead and closeup view of a white bowl filled with Ropa Vieja - Cuban Seasoning

Cuban Vegan Picadillo

This vegan cuban picadillo was my first recipe using my new pressure cooker.  Even in my wildest dreams, I didn’t think it would turn out this good! All thanks to the pressure cooker and an amazing Cuban seasoning.

Overhead View of a White Bowl Filled to the Brim with Cuban Picadillo. In the Middle, its Garnished with Olives, Avocado, Raisins and Red Onions - Cuabn Seasoning

Cuban Sofrito

I made Cuban Sofrito using this seasoning and it was so good.  I used it in my Cuban Bowl for Bowl Me over which was beyond delicious!  The sofrito works as a base in so many wonderfully delicious recipes.

Front view of a white bowl filled with sofrito and surrounded by Oregano bowl, mushroom bowl, curley parsley and Cuban Seasoning

Vegan Cuban Burritos

These vegan Cuban burritos are freezer friendly and they are perfect for back to school lunches.  You will taste the Cuban seasoning in it even after 1 week.

Front view of a Vegan Burrito cut into half and stacked. Surrounded by cut carambola - Cuban Seasoning

Cuban Quinoa and Red Beans

I made this quinoa and red beans in the slow cooker which cooked it to perfection.  It’s a really delicious side meal or main course.  Add the cuban seasoning for a flavorful meal.

Overhead view of vegan quinoa and red beans recipe garnished with avocado + Jalapeno. Cuban Seasoning

What recipe do you plan to use this homemade Cuban spice in?

Overhead closeup view of the homemade Cuban seasoning

Homemade Cuban Seasoning

A quick blend of spices for your Cuban flare recipe. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Ingredient
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 1 cup
Calories 186 kcal



  • In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well
  • Transfer to bottle as is or grind it first before storing. 



– I used a blend of coriander and cumin powder in this recipe.  If you don’t have it, you can use regular cumin powder.
-The video shows that I used 1/2 of a tsp of garlic powder.  However, I went back and added a little more but didn’t record it. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSodium: 632mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 9gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2445IUVitamin C: 5.7mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 8.5mg
Keyword homemade cuban seasoning, how to make cuban spices at home, recipes using annato seeds
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