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Sofrito

Updated on February 20, 2015
5 stars from 3 ratings of Sofrito

Sofrito is a mixture of vegetables that will add a great flavor to rice, meat, soups, and many other dishes! Many Latin dishes call for this combination of vegetables. I personally use it often and so I make a lot, save it in a jar, and scoop it out as I need it! It saves so much prep time when I am cooking!

Update: I was recently asked about Cuban Sofrito and if this recipe will work for Cuban dishes.

I use this Sofrito for Puerto Rican and Dominican dishes. Although some people add Culantro or hot peppers to their Puerto rican or Dominican Sofrito, I do not. It's a matter of one's taste.
Usually, Sofritos are made from the main three ingredients used in any Latin cuisine. Then you can add other things like herbs or oil. From my research, the three main ingredients for Cuban Sofrito is onion, garlic and green bell peppers. Some people leave out the peppers and add cumin instead. Some add tomatoes. This depends on what you are making. For example if you are making a stew, add the tomatoes. If you are cooking it with meat or rice you may want to leave tomatoes out. Just ask yourself "do I want my Sofrito to color my end result and make it a bit juicier?" if you answered "yes!", then use something red like a Sazon packet (Found in your supermarket's ethnic section. The brand Badia has no MSG "Sazon" packets) and tomatoes in your Sofrito. If you answered "no!", then leave out the tomatoes and "Sazon" packet. You may want to make two different kinds of Sofrito to add to different dishes.I hope this helps!

Now as for how long the Sofrito will keep. It will not spoil in the refrigerator for a couple of months, but you can freeze bits in an ice cube tray and place it in a big freezer Ziploc bag and store it for much longer.

Sofrito
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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: about 2 cups or more

Ingredients

  • 1 red or yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 small garlic bulb, peeled
  • 1 green pepper, quartered
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, they sell cilantro by the bunch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Steps

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until it looks like the picture provided. The consistency should be thick enough to be able to spoon it. Don't make juice, lol.
  2. Use a Spatula to get the mixture out and into a jar or any tall container with a lid.
  3. You can play with the ingredients. For example, you may want to add a spicy pepper, different color onions, different color bell peppers or no peppers at all, etc. and keep it in the refrigerator for a few months! Use it to flavor soup, sauce, rice or any of your meals as needed :)

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      Insightful Tiger 2 years ago

      This Sofrito can be used for Puerto Rican and Dominican dishes. (some people add Culantro or hot peppers)

      Usually, Sofritos are made from the main three ingredients used in any cuisine. Then you can add other things like herbs or oil. As far As far as I can tell the three main ingredients for Cuban food is onion, garlic and green bell peppers. Some people leave out the peppers and add cumin to this. Some add tomatoes. This depends on what you are making. For example if you are making a stew, add the tomatoes. If you are cooking it with meat or rice you may want to leave tomatoes out. Just ask yourself do I want my Sofrito to color my end result? if yes then use something red like a Sazon packet (Badia has no MSG Sazon packets), or tomatoes in your Sofrito. If not then don't. You may want to make two different kinds of Sofrito to add to different dishes.

      I hope this helps!

      As far as how long to keep the Sofrito, It will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of months, but you can freeze it an ice cube tray and place it in a big freezer Ziploc and store it for much much longer.

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      sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Insightful Tiger, I was wondering if I could use this in Cuban recipes? I have a couple recipes that call for sofrito but upon researching the recipes online, no one can seem to agree on the ingredients...Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, Columbia, all seem to have a sofrito recipe, but they all have different ingredients...I'm so confused!! Also, if I made this, could I double or triple the recipe and then freeze it in small batches for later use?

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you very much for letting me know that you like it:) That made my day to know that you are using Sofrito in your meals. Have a great day, sis!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Update: I made this a couple of nights ago, and we love it! I put it in a jar, as you mentioned, and I have had it in two suppers and one lunch, so far! I had them in rice, added some to a tuna sandwich, and also put this into a pasta dish I made last night. This is something I want to have on hand most of the time! It's an easy and delicious way to add veggies to a meal. Thanks again!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi Rajan! I'm glad you are interested. By the way you switch around the vegetables. For example you may want to try garlic, onions, and ginger etc. It's nice to have handy if you use those veggies a lot in your cooking.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is new to me but is interesting.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi GetitScene I'm glad you like it! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

      I make sofrito all the time, in search of new blends all the time. I'll be sure to try yours soon.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you Getti, I hope you enjoy it!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hi Kathryn, thank you for your great comments! It is very handy to have it ready, cuts down loads of time! Enjoy!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I want to try that. I use those ingredients in quite a few recipes, and it would be handy to have them all mixed together and ready to use when I need it.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Dale Anderson 5 years ago from The High Seas

      Good stuff. Always looking for a new sofrito recipe.