Homemade Sofritas

Tofu sofritas in vegan tacos on a green plate with a glass of red wine.

Tofu sofritas recipe, inspired by Chipotle sofritas. Use in tacos, burritos, bowls, or quesadillas.


  • 1 block (16 oz) extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil (or other neutral, high-heat oil)

For the spice blend:

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1  1/4 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or cane sugar)

For the spicy adobo sauce:

  • 1-2 medium Anaheim peppers (depending on your preferred spiciness)
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons additional adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, divided
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste 


Tofu Prep:

  1. To prepare tofu, wrap tofu block in paper towels and sandwich between two plates or cutting boards. Rest heavy object (book, cast iron skillet, etc.) on top of cutting board for at least 15 minutes to remove any excess moisture. The longer you press the tofu, the chewier it will be. Once excess water is removed, slice tofu into about 8 slices.
  2. In large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. Once heated, add tofu slices so they are in a single layer. Do not stack. Cook tofu for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until evenly browned on the outside. Remove from the heat and repeat with remaining slices of tofu as required.
  3. Once the tofu has cooled, chop to the size desired.

Spice Blend:

  1. Combine all spice blend ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.

Anaheim pepper:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Lightly coat the Anaheim peppers in neutral oil (grapeseed etc) and put on foil-lined baking sheet. Cook for about 10 minutes per side, flipping after the first side has started to blister and brown. The peppers will look like they have collapsed inwards.
  2. Remove from oven. Removing the blistered skin and stems. Cut lengthwise and scoop out seeds. If you want to take a shortcut, you can also wash the sliced peppers to quickly remove seeds.

Sauce Prep and Sofritas:

  1. In a food processor, combine the Anaheim pepper(s), chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, half of the water, onion, garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce, vinegar, and nutritional yeast. Process until smooth.
  2. Add sauce to a large skillet along with the chopped, fried tofu. Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat to medium.
  3. Add the rest of the broth, salt, and prepared spice blend. Cover the pan, and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if desired. Enjoy in a burrito bowl, or anywhere else with Mexican-inspired flavors.
  5. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 4 days.


*Recipe is a guide. Adapt ingredients and measurements as desired. Adapted from Yup, It’s Vegan Copycat Chipotle Sofritas.

**This recipe is spicy. To reduce spicy level, use one pepper or half of a pepper. Or, reduce amount of chipotle peppers.

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