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Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe (Recaito)

This delicious Puerto Rican sofrito recipe also known as “Recaito” is going to change your life! Sofrito is a sauce made of herbs, onions, garlic and peppers. It is so flavorful and is used in many Latin American dishes. You’ll wonder how you ever cooked without it!

vegetables and herbs for sofrito

Is this an authentic Puerto Rican sofrito recipe?

Although similar, this is not an authentic Puerto Rican sofrito. Authentic sofrito is made with cubanelle peppers, ahi dulce peppers and culantro. However, it can be difficult to find those ingredients in the states.

Thankfully, the recipe I’m sharing today is just as good and it uses ingredients that are available in all grocery stores.

What is the purpose of sofrito?

The purpose of sofrito is to add flavor. It’s used in many recipes such as Puerto Rican stewed beans, Puerto Rican beef stew and beef soup.

What is the difference between sofrito and salsa?

Sofrito is sauce that is used as a flavoring base. It isn’t eaten raw. It’s always cooked first before adding other ingredients. It’s a common flavoring base used not only in Puerto Rican cooking but also Dominican cooking.

Salsa is a big part of Mexican cuisine. Salsa is often made with fresh ingredients and eaten raw with tortilla chips or spooned over foods such as taquitos or quesadillas. Salsa can be used to stew meats such beef ribs in green salsa.

Sofrito ingredients

  • bell peppers (one of each color)
  • Italian parsley
  • cilantro
  • white onion
  • garlic

How to Make it

Make sure to rinse the cilantro, parsley and peppers.

Then chop up all the ingredients except for the garlic.

Just peel the garlic cloves.

Chopped Puerto Rican sofrito ingredients on a cutting board.

Now transfer the ingredients to a blender and blend.

You can add a very little bit of water if necessary to start the blending process.

You can blend the sofrito in two batches if your blender isn’t big enough.

blending herbs and vegetables

How to store

After blending, I like to transfer the sofrito to freezer safe zip loc bags.

I freeze mine so it lasts longer. If stored in the refrigerator it will stay good for about 3 days.

I really like having homemade frozen sofrito in the freezer that way I don’t have to go through all the work of chopping and blending the ingredients.

It’s a great idea to freeze the sofrito in small portions that way you don’t end up defrosting more than you need for a recipe.

Homemade Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe

You’re going to love homemade sofrito. It’s so much better than storebought. Just a small amount gives amazing flavor! Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you enjoyed this recipe please give it a rating below.

Puerto Rican sofrito in plastic bags.
vegetables and herbs for sofrito
4.84 from 6 votes

Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe

Puerto Rican sofrito is a delicious sauce made of herbs, garlic, onion and peppers. It's used as a flavoring base for many delicious dishes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine latin american
Keyword sofrito, sofrito recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Calories 238 kcal
Author carissa


  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1 head garlic peeled


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for about 30 seconds or until blended well.

  2. Store blended sofrito in a container in the fridge or in freezer safe bags for freezing,

Nutrition Facts
Puerto Rican Sofrito Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 1593mg46%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 13472IU269%
Vitamin C 713mg864%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 9th of August 2021

Curious, how do you use Sofrito? It looks delicious...I am thinking soups and guisados.


Thursday 12th of August 2021

I use it in soups and it is also used in a lot of Puerto Rican recipes such as arroz con gandules.


Saturday 9th of January 2021

Been having it made by others. Im going to make my own later on today


Saturday 28th of March 2020

This recipe sounds delicious! I would love some other suggestions of how you use this!

olivia rieckenberg

Friday 21st of February 2020

Hey, looks good but what do you put this in besides the two foods mentioned in the post?

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