Margie's Cuban Sofrito (Sauce)


Cuban sofrito is a tomato-based sauce that can be added to Cuban dishes, stews, and other foods. This is where the unique flavor of Cuban food comes from.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • ¾ cup canned tomato sauce


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is translucent. Add bell pepper and sauté until tender. Season with oregano, salt, pepper, cumin, and bay leaves. Continue cooking until mixture looks like a yummy green paste with oil around it.

  2. Add tomatoes; cook and stir until all of the liquid is released. Gradually mix in tomato sauce; simmer until sauce looks really red. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Remove bay leaves.

  3. Add sauce to meat, rice, beans, fish, or potatoes. Thin sauce down if necessary with water, wine, beer, or whatever is handy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 552mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 277mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love