Sazone without MSG. Toasting the peppercorns and cumin enhances and intensifies the flavors. Adjust amounts to taste. It's a good alternative to seasoning salt and can be used as a rub. If using in rice dishes, frajitas, burritos, vegetables, enchiladas, beans, etc., add the sazon a pinch at a time to make sure the food doesn't become too salty. The optionals are not usual to sazon, but for me--the unknowing, it ups the anty.