The Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus
I'm sure it's also a swell babyfood processor, but this baby version of a real food processor gives a lot of bang for a small buck. It'll run you about $40 at a Bed Bath and Beyond near you, but if you can score a 20% coupon, it's yours for only $32.
I don't like big pieces of onion in anything. I don't like chopping onions or garlic into tiny bits. I have a really small kitchen with no counter space. I love the mini-prep.
The downside over a big food processor is sometimes you have to chop things in small batches and mix them together in a larger container. It's still worth it when you're making one of those PPK recipes where Isa swears you really need a food processor. Also ideal for making your own sofrito.
Adapted from Daisy Cooks (not vegan-PBS show chef) to impress my Puerto Rican Mother in Law (it worked)
1 big onion
1 big green bell pepper
1 big red bell pepper (or orange or yellow)
1-2 heads garlic (10-20 garlic cloves)
1 bunch cillantro
1 cup chopped tomato (fresh or canned-drained)
Chop everything in a food processor. Store in 1/2 cup portions in ziploc bags in the freezer.
More on what to actually do with the sofrito later.