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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
What recipe do you plan to use this homemade Cuban spice in?
Homemade Cuban Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Annatto Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder See Notes
- 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
- 1 Tbsp Cumin Powder See Notes
- 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Whole Peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar or Brown Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Salt optional
- In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well
- Transfer to bottle as is or grind it first before storing.