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Sofritas in a skillet with a spoon.
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Copycat Chipotle Sofritas

A delicious copycat recipe for Chipotle's tofu sofritas that's loaded with flavor and a hint of spice. It makes a great vegan protein option for homemade burrito bowls!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: sofritas
Servings: 4


Tofu 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

Simple Burrito Bowls

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cilantro rice
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • ½ cup corn salsa
  • cup chopped red onion
  • cup fresh cilantro
  • avocado or guacamole


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.
    Charred poblano pepper.
  • 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.
    Charred poblano pepper, onion and chipotle peppers in a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth.
    Blended pepper sauce in a food processor.
  • 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.
    Sautéed crumbled tofu in a pan with a spoon.
  • 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.
    Sautéed crumbled tofu in a pan with a spoon and a dollop of the pepper sauce.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
    Sofritas in a skillet with a spoon.

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).



Serving: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g