Different uses means unique variations in this aromatic sauce that also serves to spice up other sauces, gravies and foods.

Basic Sofrito
Recipe type: Spice Mixes and Rubs
Serves: 1 Cup
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion(s), diced about 1 Cup
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced about 1/2 Cup
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced about 1/2 Cup
  • 4 garlic clove(s), minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced oregano
  • Optional:
  • 1 extra garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 Cup (to 1/3 Cup) chopped cilantro
  • 1 minced jalapeno pepper or
  • 1/2 minced Scotch Bonnet pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 Cup chopped tomatoes
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients. Continue cooking slowly for about 15 minutes.
  2. Sofrito for Meat and Chicken: Substitute 1/4 Cup diced slab bacon plus 1 Tablespoon oil for the oil in the basic recipe. Add 1 Tablespoon tomato paste, Cup chopped tomatoes, and 1/3 Cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives (optional).
  3. Sofrito for Fish: Begin with the basic recipe but omit the red bell pepper, use 1 Cup diced green bell pepper, and add Cup chopped parsley, chopped cilantro, or a mixture of the two.
  4. Sofrito to Use in Bean Dishes: Add Cup diced slab bacon or 1/3 Cup ground or diced baked to the basic recipe. When making black beans, simply use the basic sofrito without any meat.

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