Sofrito is a basic Puerto Rican recipe in Hispanic, Latino, Spanish and Portuguese cooking. It typically consists of aromatic ingredients cut into small pieces and sautéed or braised in cooking oil.
- Sleeves of Garlic
- 4 bunches of cilantro
- 3 bunches of Recao/culantro
- 1 small-medium package of ajicitos
- 4 green peppers
- 3 red peppers
- 2 orange peppers
- 2 yellow peppers
- 3 cubanelle peppers
- 1 large onion
- Chop the ingredients into sizes that are small enough to fit into a food processor or blender.
- Blend all ingredients well so the finished sofrito is finely processed. If you’re not familiar with sofrito, it should be the consistency of pesto, a thick paste.
- Once blended, your sofrito is ready for immediate use. Store the sofrito in a glass container. Plastic containers are not ideal because plastic will absorb the odor of garlic and onions.
- Use the sofrito with rice, stews, beans, or a protein, and enjoy.
Kim Tapia is the owner of Kim’s Puerto Rican Delights Facebook Group and HFNTV contributor.
Did You Know?
In Puerto Rican cuisine, sofrito is mostly used when cooking rice dishes, sauces, and soups. It’s closely related to recaíto. The two main ingredients that give this Puerto Rican recipe its characteristic flavor are recao (culantro) and ají dulce, but red and green cubanelle peppers, red bell peppers, pimientos, yellow onions, garlic, plum tomatoes, and cilantro are also added.
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