Aliños Colombianos (Seasoning Paste)

by Erica Dinho on February 25, 2009

This post is also available in Spanish

Colombian alinos

Aliños Sauce  is a seasoning mix paste that my grandmother kept in her refrigerator year-round. I use Colombian Aliños as a base in some of my recipes and to marinade meat or poultry.



  • ½ medium green pepper, chopped
  • ½ medium red pepper, chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Cup water
  • ½ tablespoon sazon Goya with azafran

Receta de Alinos Colombianos


  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process to make a paste.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Olga December 13, 2009 at 7:26 PM

sus resetas son muibunas,gracias por colocarlsas.


2 martha March 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

waoh! I thought my father was crazy for wanting to cook food on an open fire here in states…now I know is part of our culture. I’m going to try to make sancocho for my niece who was born here, Wish me luck!


3 Rosa June 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I wanted to thank you for your recipes. Keep up the good work


4 Zoila September 19, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Seems like all colombian households have this in their fridge!!!! It’s the start to the majority of all my meals. I was made in Cartagena Colombia but born in the USA!!!!! So proud of my heritage!


5 Jolanda December 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Erica, I am married to a Colombian and wanted to find recipes to hopefully make for him (wish me luck!). Thank you so much for posting all of these great recipes. Merry Christmas to you!


6 Diana Lopez January 21, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I just wanted to share a tip for the aliños. Since it only lasts about a week in the fridge, many of us don’t really use it all and end up just tossing it away. You can still make the same amount but whatever you have left you can just put in the freezer. What I do is use an ice cube tray and put a tablespoon in each cube. Whenever a recipe calls for it, you can just throw in as many aliños cubes as you need in the pot or melt them in the microwave.


7 Erica January 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Diana- Thank you for your tip!


8 Luz Adriana August 28, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Gracias Erica, yo me chupo los dedos con todas tus recetas, se ven tan faciles!! Espero que el huracan no este cerquita tuyo , pues dices que vives en el Este.


9 christine January 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

hi, i have a quick question…do i have to use the sazon? is there another alternative. sazon is pure msg and i have a sensitivity to it. thank you


10 Erica January 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Christine- You can use achiote powder or color. Or just omit the sazón goya.


11 Suzanne March 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Can I use Sofrito or Recaito in replacement of this?


12 Erica March 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Suzanne-It is different, but you can use sofrito.


13 Aimee May 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Erica, when you say to use 4 scallions, do you mean four little pieces of the scallions that come in the bunch or 4 bunches? I made this and it is watery..not like a paste.


14 Erica May 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

4 pieces.


15 Irma niño August 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Where can I find condiments from Colombia besides Sazzon .I love the comino in colombia where can I order online. I live in Houston Texas. Thank you.


16 Alan Bowman April 29, 2014 at 2:49 PM

There are a number of Colombian restaurants in Houston. In my experience there is often a food store adjacent or nearby. If neither is apparent go into the restaurant and ask.


17 Maryut August 26, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Erika, at my in-law’s house, in Cali, they make this salsa aliños, but they cook it in a little oil and once cooled, store in the freezer wrapped in foil.


18 Cam September 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes. And Maryut, thank you for the tip on storing it.


19 Sonrisa October 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Hi Erika!
What do you suggest to use instead of Sazon Goya? It’s first ingredient is MSG and that is SO unhealthy! :(


20 Erica Dinho October 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM



21 Jenne November 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

An msg alt to sazón is made. Some stores carry it in MD and SC. It is by Badia and is called sazón tropical. It has been a good alternative.


22 Amanda June 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

What kind of peppers do you use? Are they like bell peppers or hot peppers? Can you please tell me the most specific name?

Thank you!
I also what to let you know that I absolutly LOVE THIS website I get recipes that my mother in law cooks from here and make them for my husband. I also put my own special ingredients and my husband now tells me I cook better than his mom. :D I feel so accomplished thank you!!!


23 Erica Dinho June 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Bell peppers.


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