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Spicy Tofu Sofritas

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

What is Sofritas? It's crumbled bits of chewy and slightly crispy tofu that has been simmered in a deliciously savory and spicy sauce. It's the dish that I was inspired to recreate after enjoying it over the past couple years at one of my favorite restaurant chains-- Chipotle. It's actually super easy to make and can be used as filling in taco's, burritos, or in a Mexican bowl. I hope you enjoy my version of Chipotle's amazing vegan dish.


1 block of extra firm tofu - drained and excess water removed

2 t corn starch

1/2 yellow or white onion - chopped


3/4 c water or vegetable broth

1 pasilla pepper - halved, seeded, roasted under broiler until just charred a bit

3 cloves of garlic - peeled

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

1 T adob0 sauce from can of chipotle peppers

1 t cumin

1 t oregano

2 t vegan Worcestershire sauce

1/2 t salt

1/2 t smoked paprika

1-2 t maple syrup (optional)

2 T tomato paste

oil spray (optional for cooking)


  1. Remove tofu from the package and wrap in kitchen towel, put it on a plate, and cover with something slightly heavy to force out the excess water. You can use another plate or even a pan. Set aside for about 15 minutes to let gravity do the work.

  2. Brown the onions in a large non-stick skillet sprayed with oil. Crumble in the tofu and sprinkle with the corn starch. Stir to combine. Cook until tofu gets brown and a bit crispy.

  3. While tofu is cooking, combine all other ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth.

  4. When tofu is done, pour in the marinade and bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes, adding a little water if necessary to braise.

  5. This can be served as taco meat or used to create a delicious bowl made with rice and beans and topped with lettuce, salsa, avocado, and vegan queso and sour cream!

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