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Made with tangy tomatoes, fresh garlic, spicy jalapeƱo and more, this quick and easy condiment is jam-packed with authentic flavor! Sofrito is the backbone of many Spanish and South American dishes, and it also makes a satisfying dipping sauce on its own.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: homemade sofrito, sofrito sauce, what is sofrito
Servings: 12
Author: Amy


  • Food Processor


  • 1 yellow onion peeled and cut into quarters
  • 6 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1 large red bell pepper cored and seeded
  • 1/2 jalapeno cored and seeded
  • 2 large tomatoes or 4 vine ripened tomatoes. Cored and cut into quarters
  • Large bunch of Cilantro about 1 1/2 cups loosely packed
  • 1 generous teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Place onions, garlic and peppers in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  • Add tomatoes, cilantro, herbs and salt and pepper and process until resembles a thick salsa texture.


  • Yield: Makes 3 cups of sofrito.
  • Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. If freezing, leave at least an inch of free space in the container to allow for expansion.