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Quick and Easy Puerto Rican Sofrito

Puerto Rican Sofrito in food processor

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Recaito is a delicious onion-based green sofrito found in many delicious and traditional Puerto Rican recipes like vegan arroz con gandules. The recipe includes onions, culantro, sweet pepper, bell pepper and garlic.

Fresh Culantro for Sofrito

Can I use Cilantro instead of Culantro?

While culantro is ideal for sauteing, you could swap it for cilantro. 

Where can I find Culantro?

Culantro can be found in the International section of the produce aisle or in a supermarket with international ingredients. 

Can I use Frozen Garlic?

Yes, I added frozen garlic to this recipe, but you can use fresh garlic.

Can I save Sofrito in the Freezer?

Sofrito can be saved in the freezer for a few weeks and made in big batches. Ideally when the ingredients are in season. 

Puerto Rican Sofrito in food processor

Sofrito (Recaito) Recipe

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Green Based Sofrito
Course Sauce
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Keyword Puerto Rican Sofrito, Recaito, Sofrito
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 10 people
Calories 73


  • 1 Food processor
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Pairing Knife


  • 1 Whole Green Bell Pepper
  • 12 Whole Sweet Peppers
  • 15 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Whole Sweet Onion
  • 1 Bunch Culantro


  • Step 1
    Ensure the processor is assembled, attach the blade, and lock it in place before adding all ingredients.
    In a large bowl, clean and rinse the culantro, and peppers.
    Prep the bell pepper and sweet peppers by removing the seeds and stems. Cut them into chunks and add them to the food processor.
    Cut the culantro and add them to the food processor.
    Peel and cut the onions into small chunks and place them in the food processor.
  • Step 2
    You can either use fresh garlic cloves or frozen peeled garlic cloves. Add them to the food processor.
  • Step 3
    Screw the lid onto the processor and pulse until the mix is smooth, only slightly chunky. Voila, you have sofrito or recaito.

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