This Sofrito recipe is made of a mixture of fresh aromatic ingredients mainly used in Spanish and Latin American cooking giving your dishes great flavor.
Home cooking can be very time-consuming. Especially, when you have a million other things to do in a 24 hour day. The days are not long enough. I've had to come up with a system for practically everything in my life to ensure that I can get the most done in a shorter amount of time.
This homemade Latin Sofrito seasoning is one of those systems and a pretty handy kitchen hack.
Like in most Hispanic households, I have to feed my family at least one home cooked meal daily. Well, not really daily, lest say 5-6 days a week. I like to take my days off from the kitchen once in a while. Anyways, the point is that on most days I have to divide my time between many different tasks and having a full meal for dinner on the table is almost always one of them.
For me, it is crucial that my food has a great taste even on the days when I can't be in the kitchen for too long. That is why I started making my own fresh homemade sofrito.
What is Sofrito?
Sofrito is a mixture of aromatic ingredients mainly used in Spanish and Latin American cooking. It includes peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, green onions, and culantro. You can also add ajíes dulces (sweet chili peppers) or cubanelle peppers if you can't find those.
I use sofrito for almost everything: to season all kinds of meat and cook Hispanic rice dishes such as rice with beans or rice with guandules, Locrios (rice with meat) and even Paella. I also use sofrito to make Sancocho, which is a delicious stew dish from the Dominican Republic, and many other dishes. It is so versatile that you can literally use it to season all of your meals.
This simple seasoning is also very convenient to have in your fridge since it automatically saves the time it would take to cut and chop all the vegetables. I know it makes my cooking time a lot shorter and meal preparation way simpler.
I hope it serves you well too. 😉
To make this sofrito all you need is the ingredients and a good food processor. Add it to mason jars, seal and reserve in the fridge. This sofrito recipe can last up to two weeks if kept refrigerated.
Homemade Latin Sofrito
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 bunch of culantro
- 1 bunch of green onions
- 2 big green bell peppers
- 3 medium red onions
- 3-4 heads of garlic (peeled)
- 10 small aji dulce Dominicano (optional)
- Roughly chop cilantro, culantro and green onions and place in a food processor.
- Cut onions and bell peppers into medium pieces and add to the food processor.
- Add the garlic and aji dulce.
- Blend all until mixed.
- Transfer the mixture into a plastic container, cover it and put in the refrigerator. This will keep the Sofrito fresh for up to two weeks.
*This post was first published in August 2012. It was updated in September 2018 with new images and video.