Sofrito! Latin flavor all in just one blend. This aromatic blend of vegetables, herbs, and spices is easy to make. Sofrito comes together by combining a few fresh ingredients that are staples in the Latin American and Caribbean households. it’s very practical and a time saver when it comes to making delicious stews, soups and meats. It is also a great option for vegetarians to add flavor to dishes like beans and grains, pasta or even roasted or sauteed vegetables. Excellent for meal planning!
Have you ever tried sofrito? Sofrito is the base of flavor for many Caribbean and Hispanic dishes. Sofrito has many variations and names within Latin America and the Caribbean culture. In the Dominican Republic, it is called Sazon. it is traditionally made with garlic, peppers, cilantro, cilantro (which I replaced by using parsley instead), onions, sour oranges, olive oil, and some salt. Other ingredients that are used in an authentic sofrito are cubanelle pepper and ajicitos gustoso (which are sweet small peppers). These are sometimes hard to find in my area so I chose not to add it this time. I also added Parsley because
This Sofrito will allow you to infuse the authentic flavors of the Caribbean culture into your meals.
This mixture of fresh ingredients is the base for making dishes packed with a lot of flavors. Some of my recipes may call for some homemade sofrito, like my delicious Beef Soup “Sopa de Carne de Res” Spanish Style.
Ingredients you’ll need :
- Yellow peppers (chopped into
- Red peppers
- Garlic, tons of it 🙂
- Sour oranges (you can substitute for lemon, lime or even apple cider vinegar)
- Olive oil
Some other ingredients you can add:
- Jalapenos (for a kick)
- Green onions
How to make Sofrito:
The first step is to chop the ingredients into sizes that can fit into your food processor. I chopped the peppers and onion into fourths. The great thing about this food processor is that it does not need to have the vegetables cut too finely for it to work effectively. If you are using a blender no worries, Just add the ingredients in small batches. Also, it is important to remove any seeds and stems from the vegetables before placing them into the food processor.
Then, add the garlic, onions, peppers, cilantro, and parsley.
Then add salt, oil and sour orange. All these ingredients will provide enough moisture for the blend
Blend away until all the ingredients are well combined!
This recipe made enough to fill two small jars.
How to freeze and store homemade sofrito:
I suggest storing one of the jars in the fridge to use throughout the week and the other one to freeze for future use. Make sure to stir the sofrito that is stored in the mason jars before every use for the best results. I usually like to freeze some of the sofrito into cubes size for future use. I use an ice tray to freeze them in little cubes and after frozen store them in a freezer bag. These cubes can last in the freezer for up to a year if not more:) and they will always taste as fresh as the first day it was made.
Once I make the Sofrito, what can I use it for?
Here are just a few of the many delicious ways to use sofrito:
Beef Stew Caribbean Style (Carne Guisada) Recipe
Beef Soup “Sopa de Carne de Res” Spanish Style
The list is endless! Let me know in the comment section below of other ways you used this Sofrito. I would love to expand my list!
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Sofrito! Latin Flavor All In Just One Blend
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 1 onion
- 2 cups garlic (tons of it :))
- 1/2 cup sour orange (you can substitute for lemon, lime or even apple cider vinegar)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt (to taste)
- Add the garlic and roughly chop the cilantro, parsley, onions, and peppers.
- Add salt, oil and, sour orange. All these ingredients will provide enough moisture for the blend
- Blend away!I like my Sofrito finely chopped
How to Freeze and Store Homemade Sofrito:
- I use an ice tray to freeze them in little cubes and store it in a ziplock bag.
- These cubes can last in the freezer for up toa year if not more:) and they will always taste as fresh as the first day it was made.
- Make sure to stir the sofrito that is stored in the fridge before every use for the best results.
*Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate
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