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Spicy Sofritas Tofu

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Spicy Sofritas Tofu, like bootleg Chipotle! Anticipate ambrosial peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and beginning cilantro in a aged simmer booze for your tofu!

THIS, my friends.

This is tofu. This is sofritas. This is like bootleg Chipotle sofritas at its finest.

The accuracy is that I am array of 75% there on tofu, like best people, I think? but I am 200% there on sofritas tofu – like the being you get at Chipotle, and as of now, the being that you accomplish at home.

It’s to the point area Ineedthemeveryday.

There is no burrito, rice bowl, taco, quesadilla, breakfast skillet, or nacho bowl that does not account in some way from a abundance of spicy, arch sofritas.

Sofritas in a pan with a spoon.

First Of All, What Is Sofritas?

Thanks to popularization from Chipotle, I anticipate abounding bodies now accessory the appellation sofritas accurately with ambrosial disconnected or arena tofu in a peppery, tomatoey sauce. At Chipotle, sofritas = tofu.

But added generally, according to our adult of the internet, Wiki: “sofrito, sofregit, soffritto, or refogado is a booze acclimated as a abject in Latin American, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese cooking. Affairs may vary, but it about consists of ambrosial capacity cut into baby pieces and sauteed or braised in affable oil.”

Okay So… What’s In Sofritas?

Okay, acceptable question.

  • First and foremost, in this case, TOFU! Capital ingredient.
  • Chipotle peppers.
  • Roasted poblanos.
  • Garlic.
  • Salsa (shortcut additive to get us some onions, tomatoes, and rockstar flavor)
  • Cilantro

All the big acidity players get pureed into a accoutrement bite booze and caked all over your crumbled, browned tofu, and the accomplished affair gets acclaim broiled into aged yumminess.


Sofritas in a bowl with rice and guacamole.

Ways To Eat Sofritas

The sofritas is the showstopper, but don’t stop there.

  • Bowls: with pinto beans, beginning guac, rice, and if you’re activity fancy, maybe some tomatoes and corn, and sautéed peppers? YUM.
  • Tacos! with added of the same.
  • Burritos, like so.
  • Vegan Crunchwraps. YES I SAID VEGAN CRUNCHWRAPS.
  • In a tortilla casserole because what else?
  • Just chips? Also, Cotija cheese because it’s so deliciously acrid and I can’t not crumble that being on ev-er-y-thing.

This aggregate is aggregate my affection anytime capital in the bootleg vegetarian Mexican aliment department.

Sofritas in a pan with a spoon.

Other Admired Vegetarian Mexican-Inspired Goodness:

Check Out Our Video For How To Accomplish Sofritas:

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Spicy Sofritas Tofu

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Spicy Sofritas Tofu, like bootleg Chipotle! Anticipate ambrosial peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and beginning cilantro in a aged simmer booze for your tofu!


  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 13 individual chipotle peppers canned in adobo booze (1 for mild/medium, 3 for actual spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce
  • 23 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup of your admired salsa 
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 14-ounce amalgamation extra close tofu


  1. Roast your poblano: Authority the poblano over the blaze on a gas ambit until it’s hot and blistery. Alternatively: about-face your oven to the bake setting, covering the poblano with oil, abode on a baking sheet, and buzz for 15 account at a time until it’s bendable and blistered. 
  2. Make a sofritas sauce: Abode poblano, chipotles, garlic, spices, and salsa in a baby blender or aliment processor (EXCEPT tofu). Beating until a mostly bland adhesive forms.
  3. Make the sofritas tofu: Allotment the tofu and columnist with a apple-pie anhydrate to abolish as abundant balance damp as you can (the drier the tofu, the bigger it soaks up the sauce). Calefaction a dribble of oil over average aerial heat. Clutter the tofu into baby $.25 with a spatula or board spoon. You can do beans or no beans – this is a accept your own chance here. Add the sofritas booze with 1/2 cup water. Simmer for 15-20 account until the booze is abundantly black and thickened slightly. Add added baptize as necessary, and division to aftertaste with the alkali and adhesive juice.
  4. Serve: Serve in tacos, burritos, and mega rice bowls!


Poblano thoughts: I did not abolish the banknote of my poblanos, but you can do it either way. If you are in a compression for time, try subbing one or two baby cans of diced blooming chiles for the poblano.

Tofu: Afresh I approved this with arctic and aqueous tofu, and it was excellent! The tofu sheds its baptize added calmly afterwards a benumb / thaw, consistent in a dry and breakable arrangement that helped it absorb up the booze (I absolutely angled the booze for this adaptation which was perfect).

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: sofritas, vegetarian Mexican recipe, vegetarian recipe, vegetarian tacos, tofu recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Emily Cameron

    I fabricated this compound already as written, again the abutting time I went to accomplish I apprehend I forgot to buy a poblano pepper, so instead I acclimated a few broiled peppers that I put in a dry pan over aerial calefaction untill they become ambrosial again add about 1/2 – 3/4 c water, let it abrupt for 5-10 account again alloy it in the blender with all the blow of the capacity except the chili crumb (cuz the broiled peppers) and way added garlic cloves, and a little added chipotle peppers and booze (for added heat). Additionally benumb the tofu advanced of time and thaw afore application in this recipe, and simmer for at atomic 30 minutes. The best you simmer mostly baldheaded the arrangement gets better. It dries added and becomes actual agnate to actual breakable taco meat.
    With these changes, this compound is 5 stars. I accept fabricated this apparently 2 dozen times, to babble reviews from ancestors and friends. I additionally consistently either bifold or amateur this compound because it reheats so able-bodied for days, and absolute to booty for lunches to work.

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    First archetype cat compound that absolutely tastes like the absolute thing! It may absolutely be bigger than the absolute thing, so good!

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    I don’t accept chipotle peppers or adobo sauce- can I still accomplish this? I do accept canned salsas and canned chopped blooming chiles. I additionally accept chipotle powder. Amuse advise. Thanks!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Chipotle powder, maybe a bisected teaspoon to start, would be a abundant substitute!

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    This sofritas compound is freaking amazing. A advantage ! It’s the best ! I feel like I ordered chipotle but with bisected the fat . Aloof accomplish it you won’t affliction it !

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    I’m aflame to accomplish this – do you anticipate I could meal basic this for the week? Would it keep?


  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is one of my admired vegetarian recipes! Quick question…what is the confined size? Is it about 1/2 cup per serving?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Yes, we’d appraisal the confined admeasurement to be about a heaping 1/2 cup.

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    Maha A

    Am I declared to put the 2 tablespoons canola oil in the aliment processor to accomplish the sauce?

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    This was possibly my 5th time authoritative this, it’s so good. Afore affective aback to my hometown Oakland, I lived in San Diego for 10-yrs, and because of that, never went to a Chipotle. Why back the Mexican aliment in San Diego is abundantly crazily divine?! I’ve been authoritative your Sofrita Veggie Basin compound for my aliment basic so I accept article bushing and adorable to eat for cafeteria and every.single.time aloof so SO good, and so abounding of your recipes are – ACTUAL grateful! This time around, I added atramentous beans in accession to the pinto beans and tripled the bulk to benumb for the abutting I appetite to accomplish it. Additionally begin a admirable compound for adobo booze to accomplish with this and still acrimonious my jaw up from the floor. You’re a wizard; acknowledge you!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Love audition this! Acknowledgment so abundant for the comment!

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    Kyle M Burke

    Looking to accomplish this but apprehensive about a few things. The video says to use amoroso and shows browning the tofu, additionally cilantro is mentioned throughout the description. In the capacity there is no amoroso and no cilantro mentioned at all. Also, the instructions don’t say to amber the tofu afore crumbling artlessly to crumble it and add the sauce. Had my wife not told me about these things in the video, I would accept acclimated the accounting compound which is missing accomplish and ingredients.

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      Thanks for checking, Kyle! We adapted this compound beforehand this year and bare the sugar. It’ll still assignment if you’d like to accommodate the amoroso and cilantro however. Up to you as able-bodied if you’d like to amber the tofu or not. Achievement this helps! Enjoy!

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    I couldn’t advice but leave a comment. This compound is abundant and SO easy. I am not decidedly adequate in the kitchen but this compound helped me accomplish article that was adorable after abrogation me overwhelmed. It’s a new admired in my house! (Definitely bigger than Chipotle’s sofritas)!

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    My 12 yr old babe became a vegetarian about 8 months ago. I’ve been aggravating to acquisition advantageous protein arranged commons to accomplish her instead of affairs boxes meals. Can this compound be arctic afterwards its cooked? Thanks!

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    Been aggravating to acquisition an compound that mirrors the Chipotle sofritas. It is safe to say that this compound is alike bigger than theirs. The aroma is on point, the flavors are robust, and it is acutely bushing and satisfying. Will be abiding to accomplish these afresh because the booze is amazing.

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    Emily H

    I aloof fabricated this today because my bedmate and I accept been aggravating out a mostly vegan diet (and this was all I anytime acclimated to adjustment from Chipotle) – we admired it!! I added a few added chipotles because we adulation spice, I subbed canned blooming chiles for the poblano and added some canned jalapenos to the booze – it was fantastic!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Because I accept abatement I can’t use the peppers or adobo. How would this be after them? I accept the aftertaste won’t be the aforementioned but I absolutely appetite to accomplish this!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi, Barbara! We haven’t approved this yet after the chipotle peppers – it ability aloof be a little beneath flavor. You could try abacus in some chili crumb admitting as a sub if that works able-bodied for you. 🙂

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    So good! I served it over rice with some guacamole for a simple meal. This will be a new admired for burrito bowls and tacos at my house.

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    Loved it! Back I initially tasted the sauce, I didn’t affliction for it. But back I added the tofu and atramentous beans it was better. I again let it sit in the refrigerator for a day. Back I served it (after abating it up in the toaster) with amber rice, guac, and bill it was GREAT! My bedmate anticipation that it was craven :’) Acknowledge you for this recipe. It makes it on to my compound collection!

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    Lauren Thomasson

    These sofritas are BIGGER than Chipotle’s! Acknowledge you! A new basic in our abode for accessible commons through out the weeks in quarantine!

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    This is one of our admired recipes and accomplish it often! We’re in apartment in abode and I’ve been acclimation grocery commitment and accept an adjustment advancing with all the capacity for this besides a poblano or can of blooming chilies (I approved for both!). Any suggestions on aroma or acidity substitute?

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    Erin Washington

    This booze is a #1 go-to in our abode back it’s taco time. We put it on tofu beans, cauliflower, cauliflower quinoa, mushrooms…and the account goes on. It has never bootless to affect us or a crowd. Acknowledgment for the amazing recipe!

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    This was amazing so, so, so abundant yum, I’m aggravating to abate our meat burning but afterwards accomplishing vegetarian January my fiancé wasn’t there, this meal, however, he approves of.