Basic Sofrito

The first thing you need to know about making flavorful Puerto Rican food is how to make the base of most of the island's dishes.

You can use this sofrito recipe with almost anything you cook. There are small variations to bring out different flavors (example: when making Arroz con Gandules add diced tocino to sofrito). This recipe makes about 4 1/2 cups of sofrito.


For more Puerto Rican recipes, history, stories, newsclips, etc. please visit the following link:

Welcome To My Recipe Collection

Browse My Recipe Collection

Ingredients Listing


Interesting Food Facts

The Puerto Rican Pantry

Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes, and Snacks


Condiments and Sauces


Main Dishes

Soups and Stews



3 green bell pepper, deseeded, quartered

3 red bell pepper, deseeded, quartered

2 cubanelle pepper, deseeded, quartered

5 garlic heads, medium, peeled

4 onions, large, peeled, quartered

1 cilantro, bunch

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 recao bunches (about 50 leaves)

20 ajicitos , tops removed

6 ice cube trays

big bowl or pot

blender or food processor



  • Ingredients can be worked in batches and later mixed thoroughly in a large pot or bowl.
  • Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.
  • Add oil or small amount of water at a time just to keep mixture moving in blender.
  • Spoon this mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
  • Once hardened, place in plastic freezer bags so the sofrito doesn't get freezer burn.

Now you have fresh sofrito to last you for months. Anytime you are going to cook some rice, soup, beef stew, beans, etc. just throw in 2 cubes of sofrito. Add this mixture to anything you want to spice up!