Copycat Chipotle Sofritas
Published Sep 16, 2021, Updated Jun 27, 2022
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A delicious copycat recipe for Chipotle’s tofu sofritas that’s loaded with flavor and a hint of spice. It’s the perfect vegan protein option for homemade burrito bowls!
I was so excited when Chipotle came out with their tofu sofritas a couple years ago. Sure, you can totally just avoid meat and load up on rice, beans and veggies, but I love the flavor and protein that sofritas adds to my burrito bowl.
And since Chipotle burrito bowls are so tasty I figured I should create a copycat recipe so we can all have Chipotle burrito bowls at home on the reg. And I must say, it tastes like the real deal!!
What are Sofritas?
First let’s start with the basics… what the heck are sofritas?
Chipotle popularized sofritas and at the chain, sofritas is marinated and braised tofu in a somewhat spicy tomato sauce.
Chipotle’s sofritas seems to be inspired by sofrito, which is a blend of aromatic ingredients, either chopped or pureed and braised in cooking oil. In Spanish cooking, sofrito is typically made from peppers, onion, garlic and tomatoes, which are cooked in oil to create a concentration of flavors.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the sofritas:
- tofu – The star ingredient in the sofritas recipe is the tofu. Look for extra firm tofu, not soft of silken tofu.
- poblano pepper – poblanos are a mild to medium pepper and aren’t as hot as jalapeños. For this recipe we’re charring the pepper and removing the seeds so it really just gives the sauce a ton of flavor and doesn’t make it extra spicy.
- chipotle peppers (canned in adobo sauce) + extra adobo sauce – You’ll find canned chipotle peppers in adobo in the International section of your grocery store. The add a depth of flavor to the sauce and a little bit of heat!
- onion and garlic – two key flavor enhancers for the sofritas sauce.
- tomato paste – tomato paste is concentrated so a little goes a long way. You only need 2 Tablespoons for this recipe.
- tamari or soy sauce – this adds a bit of salt to the sauce. Tamari is just gluten-free soy sauce so feel free to swap if needed.
- apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar and sea salt – additional flavor boosters for the sauce.
How to Make Sofritas
Press the tofu: You’ll want to drain and press your tofu before cooking. Use a tofu press or simply wrap the block of tofu in a dish towel or paper towels. Place a pan or plate on top of the wrapped tofu, and put a couple of heavy cookbooks on top. Let the tofu press for at least 20-30 minutes.
Prep The Sauce
While your tofu is getting pressed, you can go ahead and make the sofritas sauce. Start by blistering the poblano pepper.
This may seem intimidating, but I promise it’s super simple!
Simply hold over the flame of a gas range or broil it in the oven. Let cool then remove the stem and seeds.
Next, blend the de-seeded charred poblano pepper, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, onion, garlic, tomato paste, tamari, apple cider vinegar, water, sugar and salt. You can use a food processor or a blender for this step. I usually use my food processor.
Once your tofu has been pressed, cut into cubes and add to a skillet with olive oil. Cook until the cubes are golden brown on all sides and then use your spatula or a wooden spoon to break up the cubes into crumbles.
Stir in the sauce and simmer.
How to Serve Tofu Sofritas
There are so many ways to serve this tofu sofritas, but my favorite is making Chipotle inspired vegan burrito bowls with the sofritas as the main protein. I top the bowls with cilantro rice, corn salsa (another Chipotle copycat recipe), black beans, salsa, guacamole or avocado, a squeeze of lime juice and extra cilantro. My cashew sour cream would be amazing on top too. I love loading on the toppings here.
Some additional options serving options:
- Tacos – tofu sofritas makes a delicious protein filling for veggie tacos.
- Quesadilla – use the sofritas as a protein-packed filling for a vegetarian quesadilla.
- Nachos – use the tofu sofritas as a tasty topping on nachos. You could use the sofritas instead of the refried beans on my cauliflower nachos.
- Taco salad – the same concept as a burrito bowl, but just more lettuce and less rice. You can also serve it up in a taco salad shell if you’re feeling fancy. Swap the turkey with sofritas in my healthy taco salad recipe for a vegan option!
More Tofu Recipes
- Tofu Pumpkin Curry
- Mattar Tofu
- Easy Tofu Stir-Fry
- Baked Peanut Tofu
- Asian Tofu Tacos
- Easy Crispy Baked Tofu
- Vegan Tofu Chicken Salad
More Vegetarian Mexican Recipes
- Frozen Pea Guacamole
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchilada Bake
- Tempeh Taco Salad
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
- Southwestern Quinoa Salad
Copycat Chipotle Sofritas
- 1 medium poblano pepper
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 14-16 oz package tofu, drained, pressed and chopped into cubes
- 1 large or two small chipotle peppers, canned in adobo sauce
- 2 Tablespoons extra adobo sauce
- ½ small yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 Tablespoons low sodium tamari or soy sauce
- ½ Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon organic sugar or coconut sugar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
To Make Tofu Sofritas:
- Char poblano pepper by holding it over the flame of a gas range until it’s blistered and warm throughout or broil in the oven. For the oven method, rub a little olive oil over the outside of the pepper and heat on broil for about 15-20 minutes or until the pepper is soft and blistered. Let cool before removing the stem and seeds from the pepper. See photo. You can also remove the skin if you’d like, but I didn’t.
- In a food processor or high powered blender add roasted poblano pepper, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, onion, garlic, tomato paste, tamari, apple cider vinegar, water, sugar and salt.
- Blend until smooth.
- Meanwhile in a large skillet heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot add tofu cubes and cook until all sides of the tofu are golden brown. You’ll have to keep stirring the tofu throughout for this to happen. Once golden, use your spatula to crumble the tofu into small pieces. You can leave some cubes larger for more texture.
- Pour sauce into the skillet with the tofu and simmer for about 10 minutes, adding an additional 1/4 cup of water if needed for desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
To Make Bowls:
- To make bowls, add a base of romaine lettuce to each bowl and top with a portion of the tofu sofritas, ½ cup cilantro rice, black beans, corn salsa, red onion, cilantro and avocado (or guac).
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.