Sofrito ingredients
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Sofrito Recipe: The Flavor of Latin America

A slow-cooked tomato based concentrate used to flavor rice, beans, chicken or beef stews.
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword base, Cuban, flavoring, Puerto Rican, sauce, Spanish, stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12
Calories 22 kcal


  • 5 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded, cored and diced
  • 1 onion diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 sprigs cilantro
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  1. In a skillet, place the olive oil and heat slightly. Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeño.

  2. Stir fry for about 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Add the spices. Tie the sprigs of cilantro with butcher's twine and place in the mixture.
  3. Turn heat down to low, cover and let it cook for about 20-30 minutes. The mixture needs to cook down considerable, it needs to look thick.
  4. Remove the cilantro sprigs. Let it cool for about 20 minutes and place in an  ice cube tray.

  5. You should be able to fill one entire tray.
  6. ** As far as usage is concerned, I normally use 1 cube per can of beans, or per cup or rice.

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Nutrition Facts
Sofrito Recipe: The Flavor of Latin America
Amount Per Serving
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.