The Posh Latin’s Pantry

My Aerogarden Grown Veggies

These are the staples that I RELIGIOUSLY keep in my pantry and fridge.  I make a all my condiments and seasonings ahead of time so I never run out. You would be surprised to find that you probably have these sitting in your pantry as well. I even have a few AeroGardens to help ease the pain of last minute store runs. See picture above? I grew all that in my AeroGardens!

The Posh Latin Cook's Pantry

Boriqua Pantry

  • Sazón – All hail the Goya company right?… Not me! Their gimmick line… “si es Goya tiene que ser bueno” well that’s not necessarily true! My mother was very health conscious. She never allowed us to cook anything that came out of the box. That includes mac n’ cheese! You wouldn’t know it, but that little pkt is full of all kinds of cancer promoting ingredients and are full of sodium. Take my route and be a little more health savvy! You can make a large quantity and store in a jar container like I do.

Sazón Recipes:

  1. Red Sazón; combine equal amounts of sea salt, granulated garlic powder, cumin, annatto seeds, saffron, turmeric. Grind ingredients in a pilón and pulverize!  Use 1 tbl at a time.
  2. Green Sazón; combine equal parts of sea salt, granulated garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, fresh black pepper, dried bell peppers, crushed bay leaf. Mix and use 1 tbl at a time.
  • Adobo– Found at any latin isle but why take chances with your health? Do what I do and make/store your own. Your heart will thank you!(some people might find it hard to believe but Adobo is a mix of Salt, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano & turmeric!)
  • Liquid Sazón – My favorite ingredient!

1 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, half onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbl granulated garlic powder, 1 tbl tomato paste, 1/4 tsp citric acid, 1/2 tsp annatto seeds (granulated), 1/2 tsp oregano, 2 tbl chopped cilantro leaf. Combine in food processor using the chopping blade. Pulsate until well blended.

  • Sofrito – I will be show and telling a homemade recipe in the next few days so keep watch! *Note If purchasing sofito at a store here are a few things you should know… Normally you will find sofrito in your frozen isle in Goya or Knorr brands. Goya makes 2 different kinds. Red and a green.  You want the green stuff which is labled “Recaito” even though the red says “Sofrito”.  Traditionally Puerto Rican “sofrito” is not red and does not have tomato in it. Just saying! Goya… get it right! Que pasa!
  • Recaito – Sofrito’s younger sister.
  • Dried Beans – Dark Red Kidney, Gandules (Pigeon peas), Black Beans, Garbanzos, Cannellini Beans, Pink Beans, Pinto Beans
  • White Long Grain Rice – I use a Jasmine rice or Canilla brand rice.
  • Annatto Seeds
  • Tomato Sauce- not the Italian kind!! Spanish Style Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Paste – Any brand will do.
  • Green Spanish Olives
  • Capers
  • Roasted Red Pepper (jarred)
  • Cured Cooking Ham
  • Chorizó (sweet)
  • Bacalaito
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Cream
  • Condensed Milk

Ecuadorian/Colombian Pantry

  • Equadorian “Ajo”  – Similarly used like Sofrito
  • Colombian “Hogao” – Similarly used like Sofrito
  • Achiote en Oliva – Annatto seeds boiled in olive oil. Only the oil is used.
  • Sardines In Red Sauce
  • Spicy Chocolate

Cooking Staples

  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Rustic Potatoes
  • Yellow Onions
  • Purple Onions
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Carrots
  • Scallions
  • Leeks
  • Lots and lots of Green Limes & Yellow Lemons
  • Cilantro
  • Recao
  • Aji Dulce
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Jalapeno
  • Chicken Broth
  • Canned Tomatoes – Hunts Fire Roasted, Cento Organic Whole Peeled
  • Vegetable oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red Vinegar
  • White Vinegar
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Tarragon Vinegar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Worchestershire Sauce
  • Tamari Sauce

Dried Spices “Oh lordy! This is gonna be a long one! And trust that I have every spice on this list”

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mexican Oregano
  • Greek Oregano
  • Whole Thyme
  • Summer Savory
  • Sweet Basil
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Roasted Garlic Powder
  • Toasted Onion Powder
  • Turmeric
  • Toasted Ground Cumin Seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Turkish Bay Leaves
  • Ground Szechuan Pepper
  • Africn Curry
  • Madras Curry
  • Hot Curry
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • Madras Curry Blend
  • Japanese Curry
  • Vandaloo Curry
  • Garam Masala
  • Turkey Rub
  • Chili Lime Rub
  • Smoke Rub
  • Crushed Aleppo Chili
  • Sweet Paprika
  • New Mexico Chili Powder
  • Smoked Serrano Chili Powder
  • Ancho Chili Powder
  • California Chili Powder
  • Smoked Picante Paprika
  • Hungarian Paprika
  • Chipótle Chili Powder
  • Smoked Bittersweet Paprika
  • Marrakech Moroccan Spice
  • Black Hills BBQ
  • BBQ Seasoning
  • Bay Seafood Seasoning
  • Chili Seasoning
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Italian Sausage Seasoning
  • Chorizó Seasoning
  • Breakfast Sausage Seasoning
  • Chicken Apple Sausage Seasoning
  • Tan-Tan Moroccan Seasoning
  • Ras El Hanout
  • Tandoori Spice
  • Tagine Spice
  • Harissa Spice
  • Parsley
  • Ground Brown Mustard Seeds
  • Dill
  • Lemon Herb Seasoning
  • Garlic Pepper Seasoning
  • Sweet Red Bell Peppers
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Sun Dried Tomato Flakes
  • Chives
  • Pickling Spices
  • Annatto Seeds
  • It’s a Dilly  (my own mix)
  • Ground Cloves
  • Sumac
  • Hudson Bay Seasoning
  • Zahtar
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Marjoram
  • French Lavender
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Anise Seeds
  • Ground Ginger
  • Gumbo File
  • Galangal Powder
  • Ground Fenugreek
  • Citric Acid
  • French Sea Salt
  • Pink Hemilaian Salt
  • Malt Vinegar Sea salt
  • Curing Salt
  • Dried Celery Salt
  • Smoked Coarse Ground Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Wild Porcini Sea Salt
  • Herbs De Provence
  • Herbs De Provence Sea Salt
  • Hickory Smoked Sea Salt
  • Meyer Lemon Peel
  • Mint Leaves
  • Pure Maple Flakes
  • Blood Orange Peel
  • Dried Lime Peel
  • Slack Sesame Seeds
  • Crushed Chipotle Chili
  • Juniper Berries
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Black Mustard Seeds
  • White Cardamom Pods
  • Green Cardamom Pods
  • Whole Allspice
  • Whole Cloves
  • Star Anise
  • Madagascar Vanilla Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Granulated Honey
  • Vanilla Sugar
  • Tahitian Vanilla Beans
  • Jamaican Curry
  • Jamaican Jerk Pork Seasoning
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Seasoning
  • Pizza Seasoning
  • Creole Seasoning
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Soup Base
  • Sage
  • Saigon Cinnamon
  • Whole Nutmeg
  • Toasted Ground Coriander Seeds
  • Mulling Spices

Phew! I know there’s more somewhere!

Baking Goods

  • All Purpose White Flour
  • Cake Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Oatmeal
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Argo Corn Starch
  • Corn Meal/Powder
  • Molasses
  • Lavender Syrup
  • Rose Syrup
  • Rose Water

There’s a lot more I keep in stock and I will update as soon as I notice I missed something.


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  1. wow, I adore spices too! A spice shop just opened in my town and I am so happy. I thought rose water would make a wonderful gelato and asked to taste it straight up…nasty with the most wonderful after taste.

    I have never heard of Malt Vinegar Sea Salt

  2. I just looked up AeroGardens. What a cool concept! This morning they had a “special” and a few hours later they went away =( I would soooo love to grow some Basil in my NYC apartment!

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