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Sofrito Recipe Card

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
Author Analida Braeger


  • 5 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded, cored and diced
  • 1 onion diced (about ½ 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.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I store sofrito for later use? I like to let it cool completely and freeze it into cubes for later use as I described above. You can pop the cubes out and put them is zip-top bags in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • What do I do with sofrito? There are several Latin American dishes that call on the flavors of sofrito. Here are some great recipes that use sofrito's classic Latin flavors to try or bookmark for later:You have to try some Latin style black beans and rice that use the flavors of sofrito and recaito.
    Pernil is a slow roasted pork shoulder from Puerto Rico and very close to pulled pork but with a very different flavor profile from a BBQ pork. You will love this and want to keep it on hand in your freezer for an easy meal.
    Mini beef empanadas are a meat filled pastry you can make a meal out of, or take to a party as an appetizer.
  • What is your favorite dish that uses sofrito? I have to say it is the Latin American staple: Black beans and rice! This is a fast weeknight side dish to have with chicken, pork chops (chuletas), fish you name it. It is a side dish that works and sometimes I just eat this as my meal with a little chopped chorizo tossed in. ¡Buen provecho!
Nutrition Facts
Sofrito Recipe Card
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.