Aliños Colombianos (Seasoning Paste)

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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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  1. martha says

    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!

  2. Zoila says

    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!

  3. Jolanda says

    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!

  4. Diana Lopez says

    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.

  5. Luz Adriana says

    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.

  6. christine says

    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

  7. Aimee says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. Sonrisa says

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

  10. Jenne says

    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.

  11. Amanda says

    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. 😀 I feel so accomplished thank you!!!

  12. Nelly says

    I was just wondering if you are able to link or post all recipes that will use this sauce? I have made and am looking through your website and trying to see which other recipes use this sauce, but it is taking time and I still have not found any. Or at least let me know what else I can use it for…I would just hate to waste it or have it sit in my freezer.

    Thanks! :)

    • Erica Dinho says

      Hi Nelly, You can use it to make soups, stews or to marinade meats and poultry.I have some recipes with a link to aliños.


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