An easy to make homemade tofu Sofritas recipe featuring all the mouthwatering ingredients and spices we've come to love from Chipotle's Sofritas! Easy to make, freezer friendly and oh so crave-worthy! vegetarian + vegan + easily gluten free | This recipe yields 4 C (915g) Sofritas | *SEE BLOG POST for links to build an Epic Burrito Bowl!
2 1/2TbsVegetable Oillike olive or coconut, divided
2(430g)Bell Pepperslarge, one red, one green, sliced in long thin strips
1(150g)Red Onionlarge, sliced in 1/2 moons
Prepare the Tofu:Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Slice the pressed/drained tofu into (about) 1" (2.5cm) cubes and place on a parchment or silpat lined sheet pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the tofu is lightly golden. Some crispy edges is ok. This will dry the tofu out.
Make the Sofritas: In a large saute pan, add the oil and heat on high heat until it shimmers. Keeping the heat on high and adjusting as needed, add the poblano, bell pepper and onion. Saute, stirring/tossing/flipping only occasionally for about 8-9 minutes. Charring is good!
To the veggie mixture add the cumin, chili powder, and garlic. Stir to coat the veggies, then add the tomato paste, adobo sauce, chipotle chili (if using), fire roasted tomatoes, vegetable broth, and baked tofu. Stir and bring to a simmer. Stir, lid and simmer on medium-low for about 12-15 minutes.
Once the sofritas are done braising, spoon them into a food processor and either pulse for chunky sofrias, or process with longer pulses until the sofritas are of the desired consistency, stopping a few times to scrape the bowl down.
Transfer the sofritas back to the pan, squeeze in the lime juice, stir and taste for salt adjustment. Either cook on low a bit longer, lid off, to reduce the liquid further, or simply lid to keep warm.
Saute the Peppers/Onions (optional): **In your largest saute' skillet (I use non-stick), and working in two batches if needed, add the half the oil and heat on high until it shimmers. Add the onion/pepper mixture, a pinch of salt and saute' on high heat stirring occasionally for about 8-9 minutes. Charring is good and encouraged! The veggies should be tender crisp when done. Remove from pan as soon as they're done cooking, and place them in a bowl. The longer they set, the softer they get, so if possible, enjoy right away.
Storage:Store sofritas and peppers/onion mixture in lidded containers in the refrigerator for up to three days. They both freeze beautifully too for up to two weeks. Gently rewarm on stovetop with a splash of water.
*TOFU: Look for organic and sprouted tofu. If time permits, freeze the tofu when you bring it home from the store. Something magical happens in the freezer. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, before use. Since tofu is packaged in water, we need press the water out of it to make room for flavor! To press thawed tofu, use a tea towel and place it under and on top of the tofu. Set it on a plate. Place something heavy on top, like a cutting board, another plate or a not-so-full box of wine to press the water out. We don't want it too heavy or it will squash the tofu. Move the tea towel a few times to a dryer area of the towel so it can absorb more water. Press for about 20-30 minutes, up to an hour if you have time.**PEPPERS/ONION: The goal is to quickly cook the veggies so that they are tender-crisp, but not mushy. To many in the pan means the mixture will steam rather than saute. So, if cooking in a pan smaller than 12", cook the pepper/onion mixture in two batches. They need a bit of room to cook properly. ***Find Chipotle Chilis in Adobo sauce in the Mexican food isle at your grocery. Look for gluten free if needed. Leftovers can stay fresh in a lidded container in the fridge for several weeks or months in the freezer.