Basic Caribbean Sauce

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Many Latin dishes from the Caribbean utilize Sofrito. To make Sofrito, you must begin with Recaito, which blends the best native Caribbean, Indian, Spanish, and African seasoning.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian


Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Textureherby, savory

Type of Dishsauces


  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 mild chiles, seeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 recao leaves or 4 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. (It may be necessary to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water before blending.)

  2. You may want to prepare double or triple this recipe, and store ½-cup portions of sauce in Zippered plastic bags.

  3. Refrigerated, Recaito will last about 10 days; frozen, it will last for 6 months.


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