Ever since becoming a vegan, beans and rice have been a staple in my diet. It’s pretty much the best meal ever because it’s easy, affordable, and healthy. The secret to making delicious beans and rice is definitely in the seasoning. A friend of mine had family in Costa Rica and shared with me the secret that everyone there uses. I was so excited to finally have found the key ingredient, but when I read that label on it I was not so happy. Unfortunately, the tropical seasoning mix had a few ingredients that weren’t created by nature.
I knew I needed to create my own. With the expert taste buds of my friend Amber from Quest Type, who has traveled to Costa Rica, we cracked the code. Now we can eat our beans and rice with pride, knowing that there aren’t any artificial flavors in our food.
I love to make spice mixes because they make your life in the kitchen so much easier. Instead of measuring out a bunch of different spices, it’s just one shake. Your result will be a well-balanced flavor, that isn’t one note.
This seasoning is excellent for much more than beans and rice. Here are a few other ideas on where you can incorporate it:
- Breakfast tofu scramble.
- Breakfast hash browns
- Make a salad dressing with it
- Sprinkle it on roasted vegetables
- Add to taco filling
- Add to guacamole
- Add to rice or any other grain
- Mix with water and marinate tofu in it
The possibilities are endless!
This seasoning mix is a natural version of the Badia Sazón Tropical.
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp dehydrated lime zest see notes
- 1/2 tsp dried cliantro
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/8 tsp thyme
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
Mix all ingredients together.
To dehydrate the lime zest put it in the oven at 200° for 10 minutes.