Prep time: 
20 minutes
Cooking time: 
0 minutes


A condiment from the island of Puerto Rico, sofrito is a sauce based on bell peppers, with a hint of sweet and spice. Sofrito is a beautiful flavorful base for many stews, soups, and beans and rice. It can be cooked with chicken, pork, seafood, beef and vegetables.


  • 2 onions, yellow or white
  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 10 aji dulce peppers (see note) or 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled
  • 1 bunch corriander
  • ½ bunch recao (see note) or additional 1 bunch of corriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Prepare the vegetables: remove seeds from bell peppers, peel onions and roughly chop into pieces.
  2. Add to a blender or food processor the onions, green bell peppers, aji dulce (or red bell pepper), tomatoes and garlic. Blend until the ingredients form a coarse mixture.
  3. Add cilantro, recao (or more cilantro), salt and pepper. Blend again until finely minced.
  4. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container or jar for later use. Good for up to 10 days, if kept refrigerated.


Aji Dulce pepper and recao are two ingredients most likely found at Latin or Asian markets. Aji Dulce is a small Caribbean pepper that’s slightly sweet but not spicy. Recao is a herb that is also called Culantro, and  has a similar aroma and flavor to corriander. 

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