Sofrito Recipe Video


Difficulty LevelVery EasyServings4
VegetarianMain Ingredient


 Olive oil1 Teaspoon
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm), chopped
 Chopped tomato1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Chopped onion1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Cilantro stem and leaves4
 Chopped green bell pepper1⁄8 Cup (2 tbs)
 Chopped red bell pepper1⁄8 Cup (2 tbs)
 Recao leaves3
 Sweet red peppers3 Small (0.25 Cup, Ajices Dulce)


1- Chop the above ingredients as indicated, and add them to a pilón (mortar and pestle).

2- Slowly grind and pound the ingredients together for several minutes.

3- The sofrito is now ready to use in a recipe, or you may store any leftover in the refrigerator or freezer.

Editors Review

If you like Puerto Rican food, this may interest you. Sofrito is one of the basic ingredients required for Puerto Rican food. This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to make sofrito in small quantities as well as large quantities. Worth a watch!



Anonymous says :

Mama Fina's on Bellflower Blvd., north of the 91 freeway across from 7/11 in Bellflower, CA has really good pasteles. They are a Dominican/Puerto Rican restaurant. Sometimes they run out of them, but they are really good. They are still not as good as my grandma's, but since she has passed away, it's a good substitute. Senor Big Ed's in Cypress has them also, but they are not as good, but Senor Big Ed's makes better alcapurrias and papa rellenos than Mama Fina's.
Posted on: 10 July 2011 - 7:37am
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shantihhh says :

Love Porto Rican cuisine! Sofrito is the heart of the cuisine-also Cuban cuisine. I love the pork Pasteles-have the recipe? Ate them in Old San Juan and they are such a blissful culinary memory!
Posted on: 10 March 2010 - 3:29pm

Anonymous says :

we use it on everything we cook its great i love having an puerto rican boyfriend and learning about the culture and im a pretty good cook....
Posted on: 10 March 2010 - 12:46pm
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Delicious Thoughts says :

This sofrito looks delicious and healthy. Could you please tell me what recipes, other then rice it can be made with it ?
Posted on: 10 March 2010 - 12:11am

Anonymous says :

Hey David, thanks for the suggestion of using this blend. Tried it with basmati rice and the flavor was awesome :))
Posted on: 9 March 2010 - 11:26pm

David Jimenez says :

I'm glad you did. It's amazing with beans, red, pink, pinto & black. It can be used for soup or stew. I recommend that fresh sofrito be used for this. Happy cooking my friends
Posted on: 11 March 2010 - 2:59am
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veg foodie says :

this is an interesting blend... i could use this with rice i guess.. would be really peppy! will it cook well if i add it just before finishing the rice?? I want to try this
Posted on: 23 November 2009 - 1:17pm

David Jimenez says :

It depends on style of rice. Is best to sautee it for about 3-5 minutes in low heat. The flavor will fuse very well.
Posted on: 26 December 2009 - 8:29am