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recaito ingredients cilantro onion garlic salt pepper
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Recaito Recipe Card: Cilantro Base

A savory concentrate which forms the basis of stews, rice, and bean dishes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Because of the fresh ingredients, this recipe is preservative free!
Course Main dish
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword cilantro, food processor, Puerto rican dishes, sauce base, stew base
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 2 tbsp
Calories 44 kcal


  • 1 cilantro 1 bunch
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ tsp sugar (paleo diet: honey)
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper cracked
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt (paleo diet: sea salt)


  1. Wash cilantro thoroughly.
  2. Cut the lower stems of the cilantro and discard.
  3. With a pair of kitchen shears cut the cilantro bunch into 3 parts and place in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, and push the on button.
  4. Let it run for about 3 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir the ingredients around.
  5. The final texture should appear chunky.
  6. When finished, recaito should be stored in the freezer. The best way to store is in a covered ice cube tray. If you don't have one, use a regular ice cube tray.
  7. When the cubes are frozen, remove and place in a covered container.
  8. Recaito will keep in your freezer for about 3 months.
  9. You should be able to get close to 12 cubes of recaito from this recipe. Note the nutrition information is based on a 2 Tbsp cube.

Nutrition Facts
Recaito Recipe Card: Cilantro Base
Amount Per Serving
Calories 44
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1229mg53%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.