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Garbanzos with Sofrito

January 10, 2010

A simple dish, seasoned well, is a delight in my book.  This recipe also comes in the simplest form of cooking and that also is  a delight to those of us who are busy.  Add Spanish Rice, some Mexican Cornbread and supper is covered!

Now let me give credit where credit is due.  I came across this recipe from an employee.  Silvia Martinez worked for me as a cook at Union Market (Union College, Lincoln, NE) and during that time she  brought a wealth of wonderfully flavored Mexican style foods.   Silvia loves foods that have color, texture and taste which is really what Mexican food is all about.   Maybe garbanzos are not your favorite bean and if so, please try it with another choice of bean.  The flavor is wonderful!


4 Roma tomatoes, diced

2 onions, diced

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 tablespoon McKay’s Chicken Seasoning (vegetarian chicken Seasoning)

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat a frying pan with olive oil.  Add all the ingredients and stir fry for about 5 minutes.

Garbanzo Ingredients:

3 cans of Garbanzos

Salt to taste

Cilantro, chopped for garnish

To  the Sofrito, add 3 cans of garbanzos including the liquid.   Simmer 5 minutes.  Remove 1/4th of the mixture and blend smooth or use an immersion blender to puree some of the mixture.  This will thicken the sauce.

Serve with Spanish Rice

Garbanzos with Sofrito

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 4:35 pm

    I can almost taste this from here. Delish!

  2. Sharon permalink
    January 14, 2010 1:39 am

    Tonight we had Sofrito with Spanish Rice for dinner and it was really tasty. Got it alittle too spicy for Alanna but Dick loved it.

  3. Doctor permalink
    November 27, 2012 7:05 pm

    This is not a Mexican dish but a spaniard one, cheers.

  4. Lauren Fraser permalink
    October 24, 2014 2:40 pm

    I went to Union College during the time Silvia was there and I’d get so excited whenever she’d make this! I can still remember her serving it up for me with a smile. Thank you SO Much for posting this! I never actually thought I’d find it, but here it is! My taste buds thank you!

    • October 24, 2014 7:05 pm

      Yeaaaah, so glad to make you a happy camper. Any other favorites from UC?

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