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    28 Spices And Foods That'll Give You Some Serious Flavor

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    1. A bottle of Loisa Organic Sazón, a full-flavored seasoning made with oregano, cumin, garlic, coriander, achiote, and a touch of sea salt for a rich flavor you can use on almost anything. Sazón is a household staple in nearly every Latinx home I know, it makes everything delicious, and this version of it is not only SO flavorful but it uses no MSG, no preservatives, no artificial stuff, and its vegan! Plus, it's a Latinx-owned brand!


    Promising review: "At last!. A clean sazón without the junk! My grandma taught me to make it from scratch to avoid additives but I could never replicate the flavor and consistency. This product is a STAPLE in my household. Simply delicious and all-natural. I love this company." —Charles Har

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    2. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans, a delicious (like holy moly delicious) recipe of a dinner staple. The founder based his flavorful creations off his own Creole, Caribbean, and Latin kitchen — and man, are they delicious. Plus you can just plop one of the bags in the microwave for 60 seconds and bam they're ready to go.


    Promising review: "Who writes a review about beans? Somebody who loves beans but had given up on them, until now. This is a great product. Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I am trying to eat healthier and these are a great way to do that. I've been trying to avoid packaged, processed foods but the natural ingredients make these different. I can feel good about eating them. The beans are whole and not mashed up like in cans. All of the varieties are seasoned well and versatile. I've had them on their own, in salads and in wrap sandwiches. I'm really happy to have found these and hope they continue to add new flavors and products. Do yourself a favor and order some. You won't regret it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. A jar of Matiz Sofrito that's made from a family recipe that includes tomatoes slow roasted in olive oil for over three hours. Sofrito is most traditionally used in the Spanish dish paella but it's incredible as a sauce for meats, fish, eggs, and pasta.

    A jar of Matiz Sofrito on a table next to some tacos.

    Promising review: "Usually I make my own sofrito, but I was wondering if I could save time without compromising flavor. This b is an awesome alternative! Delicious and expeditious." —Dot A

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    4. A gluten-free, vegan, and organic bag of Anthony's Coconut Milk Powder you can use to make some incredible cream sauces. It's basically the same thing as that canned coconut milk but in a powdered form so it can easily be incorporated into more recipes!


    Promising review: "When I bought my first bag of coconut milk powder, I wasn't sure what to do with it. My recipes were experimental and, mostly, a flop. I finally figured out how to make my own coconut whipped cream, though. Basically, it's two parts coconut milk powder to one part almost-boiling water. Add sweetener to taste. It's best to whip it with a mixer, the longer the better. A little coconut milk powder makes a big batch of coconut whipped cream, and it tastes every bit as good as it does when you use coconut milk in a can. Kept in a covered dish in the fridge, it lasts a few days. This is much more economical, plus you don't have to worry about preservatives." —Maria M

    Get it from Amazon for $12.48.

    5. A bottle of the best. THE. BEST. seasoning the world will ever know (it's my personal favorite if you couldn't tell). Tajin uses a mix of spicy, tangy, and salty flavors to make anything you sprinkle it on fantastic. My mouth is literally salivating at the thought of it on a piece of cucumber.


    Promising review: "I absolutely fell in love with this product. I use it on so many things: apple slices, hard-boiled eggs, watermelon, cottage cheese, salads, chicken, chicken salad, etc. The list goes on because this seasoning is so versatile. It’s NOT spicy hot. More tangy and salty. It reminds me a little of Pica Limon. First I bought the small container, then I bought the larger one, and now I’m a two-pack purchaser. If you’re reading this, you’re probably in the same boat. Wonder if they make it in a 'handle' sized jug? I keep one at home, at work, and in my lunch bag!" —CROCHET QUEEN

    Get two bottles from Amazon for $12.50.

    6. A jar of Seattle based chef, Eric Rivera's Sazón — I know we've already covered Sazón but Chef Rivera has put his spin on it and created amazing variations of the classic staple, like a saffron Sazón and a spicy Sazón, that I couldn't not include. Also, if you're ever in Seattle, visiting his restaurant Addo might change your life!

    Multiple jars of Chef Eric Rivera's Sazón.
    Twitter: @ericriveracooks

    Get it from Addo Seattle for $8 (Adobo, Sazon, Sofrito, and so many other really delicious cooking supplies available).

    7. A big ol' jar of El Mexicano Carne Asada Seasoning — if you ever wondered why carne asada was SO much better at your local Mexican restaurant than whatever you were trying to concoct at home, it's because of this! Just sprinkle this beef seasoning on both sides of a skirt or thin-sliced steak, then marinate it in a mixture of beer, sliced onions, cilantro, and lime juice. After you grill it, enjoy with your favorite tortillas — you're welcome.


    Promising review: "I grew up in Southern California eating great Mexican food all the time, in my 20s I moved to the east coast and good carne asada tacos are harder to come by. I tried a bunch of recipes I found online and although I made some pretty good tacos, they were never exactly right. Then one day I got lucky and stumbled into this stuff. This is the flavor I was looking for." —An Individual

    Get it from Amazon for $12.55.

    8. A jar of Inca's Food Aji Amarillo Paste, a specialty from Peru this one-way ticket to flavor town is high in vitamin C, antioxidants, bold and spicy flavors. It's made using a unique hot pepper grown in the Andes.

    A jar of Inca's Food Aji Amarillo Paste.

    Promising review: "Terrific! Slightly spicier than the other brands I have tried, although this is not really a spicy paste in general (not my version anyway). Absolutely wonderful on a 10-hour slow cooker pork loin. Just plop in the loin, dump the whole jar over the meat, and heat it on low for 10 hours. It will fall apart when it's done, and taste terrific over rice, sliced cooked potatoes, bread, whatever. I like strong flavors, so I added a hint of Trader Joe's salt, garlic, pepper blend, and a sprinkle of crushed red Aleppo pepper. It was divine. You could use just this alone, really. Sprinkle on a few scallions before serving it." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

    9. A container of Happy Belly Celery Salt, a blend of salt and celery seed that gives a bold and distinctive flavor that's savory, slightly bittersweet, herbal, and grassy. It's especially good sprinkled on potato salad, coleslaw, and cocktails (bloody Marys anyone?) but could honestly go on so many things.


    Promising review: "Celery salt is a staple in my kitchen and this brand is outstanding! It does wonders for egg salad and many savory dishes. The smell of this is fresh and appetizing. The taste is equally satisfying, and the value is great. I have tried other Happy Belly spices and have yet to be disappointed. In fact, so far they’ve exceeded my expectations. Give this a try! I’m sure you’ll be as pleased as I am." —Katherine E. O'Rourke

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    10. A hot blend of Slap Ya Mama Louisiana Style Cajun Seasoning made with just enough spice and so much great flavor your food won't know what hit it. It goes great on a variety of seafoods and stews but it's also been known to liven things up when you're making chicken.

    A customer review photo of a baking dish filled with chicken covered in Slap Ya Mama Louisiana Style Cajun Seasoning.

    Promising review: "I made chicken with Slap Ya Mama — I spread it on like a rub, if you like your food to make your mouth burn use in that way. Otherwise use it sparingly at first so you can gauge just how spicy you want the food to be. I am not knocking this product — I love it. I just wasn't ready for the amount of heat is all and I use it every day. I just use a smaller amount for me on food. Be careful with it at first and then you will know how much is a good amount to use." —Billy Furtado

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. A bottle of 365 Everyday Value, Everything Bagel Seasoning made with all the flavors you love from your favorite morning carb without the bulk of all that bread — it's REALLY great on avocado, in a yogurt sauce, or just sprinkled on some buttered toast.

    A bottle of 365 Everyday Value, Everything Bagel Seasoning.

    Promising review: "I love Trader Joe’s version but I’m not standing in line to go into that store, and there is no delivery service. This was just as good — used it for homemade bagels and avocado toast. I’ll buy it again." —shopper in DC

    Get it from Amazon Fresh for $2.99.

    12. A fantastic Gourmet Fries Seasonings Salt and Vinegar — if you love salt and vinegar chips (🙋) then behold this little miracle! It's basically the same flavor from our favorite chips except now it can go on fries, popcorn, whatever you want!

    A bottle of Gourmet Fries Seasonings Salt and Vinegar.

    Promising review: "Someone at work had salt and vinegar popcorn and it was like crack to me! I LOVE salt and vinegar chips so to have popcorn taste like that was amazing. So I searched high and low and there are a few different brands on Amazon and after reading all the reviews I went with this. BOOM baby this is IT! A few people complained this tasted chemically or was off, well its salt and vinegar so clearly you don't want to dump it down your throat but if you sprinkle a light dusting...PERFECTION! I got yelled at for spending $10 on this but I did it anyway and the bottle is pretty big so to me it's completely worth it." —iluvdabeer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.85.

    13. A smokey Cooking with my Doctor Adobo seasoning made using moringa and turmeric which are known to enhance digestion and metabolism. It also has a blend of paprika, pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, and annatto so it'll leave your food tasting SO delicious.

    Three bottles of Cooking with my Doctor Adobo.

    Promising review: "This seasoning is so good plus it has moringa in it that has health benefits. The taste is rich and adds a very good flavor to chicken, shrimp, even sausage. I will buy this again thank you." —Sharon Bradden

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    14. A bottle of sweet and slightly spicy Mike's Hot Honey that is life-changing on top of pepperoni pizza! So. Good. If you haven't had it, I promise you it's worth the adventure.

    A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey being poured onto a pizza.

    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A bag of Anthony's Premium Cheddar Cheese — a powdered, gluten-free, Keto-friendly powdered cheese that'll taste so freakin yummy on your popcorn, macaroni, or DIY Cheetos.

    A small dish filled with Anthony's Premium Cheddar Cheese.

    Promising review: "Great cheese product for ketogenic diets. This is the only cheddar cheese powder on the market that is pure cheddar cheese with no starchy carbohydrate fillers. I like to use it on pork rinds to get a keto Cheetos type snack which I call Keetos. A little bit of the powder goes a long way." —Randy

    Get a one-pound bag from Amazon for $14.45 (also available in a butter powder and heavy cream powder).

    16. A pretty awesome movie theater popcorn set complete with kernels and all sorts of seasonings so you can make that hot fresh, just-popped delicious treat from the comfort of your home.

    The movie theatre popcorn set.

    16 ounces of soft-shell popcorn kernels, 8 ounces of butter-flavored oil for popping and topping popcorn, 1-ounce jar of nacho cheddar seasoning, 1-ounce jar of white cheddar seasoning, 1-ounce jar of ranch seasoning.

    Promising review: "It is hard to tell this from movie popcorn!" —B. Coleman

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19.

    17. A bottle of Sriracha Seasoning to instantly spice-up your favorite foods while giving them a little lime flavor too — just sprinkle it onto whatever you're cooking for that extra kick.

    A bottle of Sriracha Lime Fusion Seasoning next to an egg dish.

    Promising review: "The flavor I love in a format I can use everywhere. Love this as a sauce in a bottle, but now I can add it to my rubs." —Stephen N. House

    Get it from Amazon for $11.96.

    18. A bottle of the yummiest Secret Aardvark Habanero Sauce, because we all know that one person who just loves hot sauce a little too much — it's you, you're that one person.

    A person pouring a bottle of Secret Aardvark Habanero Sauce.

    Promising review: "I've been using Aardvark for quite some time and it's still one of my favorite sauces. At any given time I have three to five hot sauces in my fridge and this one always hits the spot. This sauce has replaced Sriracha for me. Don't get me wrong, I'll always use Sriracha for pho or most Asian foods. This sauce is just great on EVERYTHING (pizza, meats, eggs, fried rice). It's a bargain for the price and the amount you get. It tastes very similar to the Hot One's sauce at a fraction of the price. I've become desensitized to the spice so it might be a bit 'hot' for some, but if you like spicy foods/sauces definitely give this one a try." —Mikey

    Get two bottles from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A bag of Kosmos Q Garlic Parmesan Wing Dust, a dry rub filled with savory garlic, creamy Parmesan, and an awesome blend of secret spices that'll make your wings fly! It's also great as an added ingredient to your homemade dips.

    A spilled bag of Kosmos Q Garlic Parmesan Wing Dust.

    Promising review: "Two ways I like this best — to marinate boneless skinless thighs in ranch sauce then sprinkle garlic Parm on them before cooking. Yummy! And bake chicken wings until they are super crispy then sprinkle this all over them, put them in a bowl and toss them as you sprinkle the dust. Really really good." —Amazon Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    20. A bottle of Tablespoon Provisions By Knorr Harissa Seasoning — made with no artificial preservatives or MSG, this addition will add spicy and complex flavors thanks to its mix of smoky red chilis, cayenne, coriander, and garlic. It's a popular flavor for many North African dishes, like couscous.


    Promising review: "I was hit with a powerful and wonderful aroma as soon as I opened the jar. I couldn’t wait to try it. I sprinkled it over some meatballs that I was heating for lunch. Wow! Very nice. It improved them 100%. I’ll be using this a lot. The flavor is smokey and spicy (but not too hot) and distinctly North African. If you enjoy foods from that region then this is a must. I like that they don’t add salt or MSG. I’ve always made my own harissa seasoning (and other blends) to avoid added salt. I prefer to add that separately. But now I’ve found one I can purchase ready-made. For a mass-produced name-brand it is a little on the pricey side, but not too expensive. I can definitely recommend it to those willing to try something new and/or who already love North African cuisine." —Walter

    Get gwt two bottles from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three flavors).

    21. A bottle of El Chilerito Chamoy. Chamoy is honestly one of my favorite flavors, I've had it on mango, in ice cream and drinks, on chips, and as part of my favorite candy. It's a spicy, peppery flavor that's most popularly used on top of fresh fruit. It. Is. So. Good.

    A customer review photo of a bottle of El Chilerito Chamoy.

    Promising review: "Huge, delicious, and perfect for fruit or micheladas!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.93.

    22. An all-purpose Magic Dry Rub Spice Powder — this award-winning household staple gives foods a savory flavor with just a hint of citrus. It can really liven up any food, from chicken to popcorn!

    A bottle of Magic Dry Rub Spice Powder next to a plate of grilled chicken.

    Promising review: "The flavor that Black Magic adds to my steaks in incredible. It's got a perfect amount of salty, with tastes of onion and garlic. I don't know if the charcoal that's in the ingredients has anything to do with the flavor, and the fact that charcoal is an ingredient seems odd, but once I tasted it, that aspect no longer mattered. I sprinkled both sides liberally and set them in the fridge overnight. Shortly before they were cooked, medium-rare, I smeared the steaks with some butter. So good." —C/O Jim

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    23. A giant container of Happy Belly Granulated Garlic, because you can never have too much garlic. Never.

    A large container of Happy Belly Granulated Garlic.

    Promising review: "I love to cook. But I also like to make things easy on myself. I don't have to peel and chop garlic. Just shake and enjoy. My family and friends are happy too." —Betty Chandler

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    24. A bottle of One & Done All-Purpose Seasoning & BBQ Rub that’s so versatile you can use it on everything from steaks, burgers, and chicken to french fries and guacamole. It uses a blend of six different spices — salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and with a hint of spicy.

    A bottle of One & Done All-Purpose Seasoning & BBQ Rub next to a plate of chicken.

    Promising review: "Wife or husband don't know how to season? BAM! Problem solved. The girlfriend always asks while cooking 'What should I put on this chicken or pork?'. BAM! Problem solved! Kickass seasoning, cheap, but really does go great on pretty much any kind of meat! Especially fish, or any kind of seafood! It DOES have a kick to it, so if you don't like spicy you may not like it. It's not crazy hot, just a hint of spice in there." —Drew Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    25. A canister of Traeger Grills Seasoning and BBQ Coffee Rub, which, tbh, confused me at first. Coffee? As a rub? But I guess I'm just late to this party because it's actually a fantastic blend of coffee and black pepper flavors that complement everything from beef to veggies.

    A canister of Traeger Grills Seasoning and BBQ Coffee Rub.

    Promising review: "I was a bit worried about a 'coffee' rub, but this stuff is great. Adds a nice sweet flavor with a hint of coffee. Great for pork or chicken. I cover an entire chicken, smoke, and eat. Add a little rosemary and stuff the cavity with an orange or apple to ensure moistness." —S. Haywood

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six flavors).

    26. A bottle of Benson's Table Tasty Salt Substitute, an awesome alternative for anyone wanting or needing to cut down on their salt intake. It's made using all-natural ingredients like red bell pepper, carrot, parsley, and dill.

    A bottle of Benson's Table Tasty Salt Substitute.

    Promising review: "WOW! How did they do it? This is possibly the best salt substitute I've found. The flavor could be best described as a tangy mirepoix. I definitely taste lemon/lime, garlic, celery, and carrot, but there is a distinct 'salty' flavor to it that is missing from other 'salt-free' spice mixes. Which is amazing, because my taste buds tell me it's salty... but it's not! There is NO metallic, chemical aftertaste to this seasoning at all. It is NOT like 'light' salt or that gross 'NoSalt' stuff that my grandparents used to keep around their house. It is sooooo much better. From what I can read on the label (my eyes are kinda bad) it is just a simple blend of herbs and spices. I've tried it on chicken, popcorn, and even salads and haven't been disappointed yet. For basic baked/grilled meats, steamed vegetables, rice, and eggs, it definitely works for me. I knew it was a winner when I put it on some popcorn. I ate a whole bowl of popcorn completely without salt and didn't miss it at all! I'm definitely sneaking some of this into the theater next time with the illicit bags of homemade air-popped popcorn. If you're like me and you're just trying to stay healthy by cutting back on salt, try a small shaker of it first and see what you think. Me, I'm gonna go back and buy the big bag. This one's a keeper." —Spubba

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A Don Sazon Chicken Seasoning that'll stop you from ever making bland ass poultry ever again!

    A bottle of Don Sazon Chicken Seasoning.

    Chances are you might be able to find this bad boy for a lower price at your local market, but if you can't the premium shipping cost might just be worth it.

    Promising review: "Absolute perfect seasoning for chicken, soups, sauces, salsa, etc. Perfectly balanced and bold but not too bold." —Christine H.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.52.

    28. And last but not least, another option to ease your sazón needs, the Badia Sazón Tropical Bundle, which gives the classic flavors of sazón an upgrade. One flavor is perfect for your favorite yellow or orange rice, while the other is meant specifically to liven up your meat dishes.

    The Badia Sazón Tropical Bundle.

    Promising review: "I’m a chef and seasonings are key to adding a little flavor profile to your dishes. Got these to cover an Islander themed buyout at my restaurant to save some time during the chaos. Needless to say, the guests loved everything. The subtle yet flavorful addition these brought to my dishes were well received and I will be buying again for personal use." —NS.Key

    Get two bottle from Amazon for $11.29.

    Bone Apple Tea everyone.


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