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Sofrito Goya Recipe

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


There are many variations but this Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe is made with cilantro, parsley, onion, pepper, garlic, and tomato.


  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves
  • 1/8 bunch of fresh parsley


  1. Place onion and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to a container with tight fitting lid.


  • Fresh Ingredients: Start with fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. Use ripe tomatoes, firm bell peppers, aromatic herbs, and vibrant onions and garlic. The quality of the ingredients will greatly impact the taste of your sofrito.
  • Proper Chopping: Take the time to finely chop or mince the ingredients for sofrito. A consistent size helps distribute the flavors evenly and ensures that each bite is flavorful. Finely chopped sofrito also blends well into dishes without overpowering them.
  • Sautéing Technique: When sautéing the sofrito ingredients, be patient and cook them over medium heat. Allow them to soften and release their flavors without browning too quickly. This gentle cooking process helps develop the aromatic profile of sofrito.
  • Seasoning: Season sofrito appropriately to enhance its flavors. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste during the sautéing process. You can also incorporate additional spices or herbs like oregano, cumin, paprika, or bay leaves, depending on your personal preference and the dishes you plan to use the sofrito in.
  • Customize to Taste: Sofrito is a versatile base, so feel free to adjust the ingredient proportions to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a milder sofrito, reduce the amount of garlic or omit spicy peppers. Likewise, if you enjoy more heat and intensity, increase the amount of chili peppers or spices.
  • Batch Cooking and Portioning: Consider making a larger batch of sofrito and portioning it for future use. This allows you to have sofrito readily available whenever you need it, saving time and effort in the kitchen. Use ice cube trays, small containers, or freezer bags to portion and freeze sofrito in convenient amounts.
  • Labeling and Dating: Whether refrigerating or freezing sofrito, label the containers with the date of preparation. This helps you keep track of its freshness and ensures that you use the oldest sofrito first when retrieving it from the freezer.
  • Recipe Adaptation: Sofrito can be adjusted and tailored to suit different recipes. Experiment with varying the ratios of ingredients or incorporating additional herbs and spices to create unique flavor profiles that complement specific dishes.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Cuban


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 19.4
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 1.0 mg
  • Fat: 1.0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg