Homemade Sofrito

A staple of PuertoRican cooking. Here’s the recipe that I shared in my post “Instant Pot: Arroz con Pollo”.

If you do not know what sofrito is, it is the base for everything Puerto Rico in stews and honestly, anything you are doing that requires a big amount of liquid. I have used a lot of different recipes, but the main one I use if from Boricua.com. I have also seen this one from Kitchen Gidget. I did see one online, honestly do not remember where, but it added tomatoes. I know that every Spanish speaking/Latino country has its own version for sofrito and most of them add tomatoes, but the ones from PR do not.

Here’s how I did my sofrito:

  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 huge bunch of cilantro (the only way I eat cilantro)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mexican Oregano

I essentially added all of the ingredients to the food processor and gave it a whirl. Most of the step by step and details you can check out their recipes. This is not SUPER traditional because I cannot finds the “Ají” or the culantro. At least not super accesible like today when I realized I had NO sofrito and had to make one from scratch.

After you blend everything in your food processor/blender it will look like this:

When it all said and done, I am putting the sofrito in some silicone ice cube trays. I got these in amazon. When I scoop everything in there I might add just a touch of Extra virgin olive oil so that I always have sofrito ready to go in the freezer.

Where you can use sofrito:

  • Asopao
  • Any stew
  • Soups
  • Rice with ____ (beans, chicken, etc)

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