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Simple Sofrito recipe

Delectable Simple Sofrito

Simple Sofrito was inspired by the Puerto Rican Sofrito. It is a versatile blend of aromatic ingredients used to add flavour to food. I came across this condiment when I was trying to find a minced beef empanada filling different from my usual delicious Minced beef empanada filling. I needed something bold and suited to the very discerning Nigerian palate, something my guests will eat and say this is different but it tastes so gloriously awesome.

Sofrito is so easy to make and it is so, so flavoursome. Many Puerto Rican recipes rest on this condiment and it is what makes my Minced Meat Herb Empanada filling extra special.

If you will be using the simple sofrito quite often, to make a big batch and store in the freezer. There will be no need to thaw it before using. Sometimes it is the first thing that goes into the pot other times it is added towards the end of the cooking. You can add deseed tomatoes, scent leaf etc.

How to make Simple Sofrito

1 large green bell pepper (150g)
1 small red bell pepper (50g)
1 large onion (200g)
6-8 cloves garlic 
1 bunch coriander (30g) (cilantro, chinese parsley)
1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Wash and deseed green and red bell peppers.

Wash onions and cut all into large chunks.

Peel garlic and rinse coriander.

chopped vegetables Simple Sofrito

In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil, add the peppers, onion and garlic. Sprinkle some salt.

Cook until onions are translucent. Stir and mix well. This will take about 10 to 20 minutes. Don’t let the vegetable brown.

vegetables and herbs for Simple Sofrito

Add your coriander and allow it to wilt.

Stir and take off the heat.

Using a food processor, blender or mortar and pestle, blend to get either a chunky or smooth blend of Sofrito. Add a little water if needed especially if using the blender.

Use your Sofrito as needed or keep in the fridge for about 4 days or freezer for up to 2 months.

You can include this condiment in your fried rice, white rice, stew, Easy Nigerian vegetable sauce, Easy Stir fry Noodles, beans (refried beans), scrambled egg, omelette, as a dip, empanadas, meat pie etc. It can also be used as a marinade or topping sauce for roasting or grilling meat, fish or vegetables.


  • Don’t allow the vegetables to brown.
  • Sofrito keeps 4 days in the refrigerator, freeze for longer storage.
  • It can be used without thawing.


If you enjoyed the Simple Sofrito, you will also enjoy the Spicy roasted Green Pepper Sauce, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Basic guacamole and my Minced Meat Herb Empanada filling.

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  1. Georgette
    August 28, 2017

    What type of cup do you use in measuring your flour

    • gaga
      August 29, 2017

      HI Georgette, I use the standard American cup. 250ml is approximately 1 cup.

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