Puerto Rican Sofrito With Kim Tapia


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.

Sofrito in Bottle

Sofrito Recipe

Sofrito is a seasoned tomato-based sauce used as a foundation in Caribbean and Latin American
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Puerto Rican


  • 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.
    Sofrito in Bottle
  • 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.


  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I love my Puerto Rican culture. I make Sofrito all the time however missing one ingredient. I am in California. Where can I purchase recao?

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