CHEF

Arnold B.

CUISINE

Mexican/Spanish

DIFFICULITY

Easy / Beginner

Few things are as fascinating as enjoying the hearty meal of your choice. It’s the best way to experience what you love first-hand. Everyone has a dish that they find pleasure eating. To some, it’s the taste, others it’s the spicing and cooking method that stands out. Have you tried the Chipotle Sofritas? It’s one of the mouth-watering meals you can grab, and even its recipe alone can make you crave for the spicy, tantalizing, and saucy food. Some people know its tasty nature, such that they always consider it a must-have dish. Let’s discuss Chipotle Sofritas Recipe.

Full Recipe in Details

The recipe requires simple ingredients and little preparation. To kick-off this recipe, the main part required is tofu. The pleasant tastes will need Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, red wine vinegar, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, salt, avocado oil, vegetable broth, tomato paste, and lime juice. Here’s a further breakdown of the needed ingredients:

STARTING GUIDE
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • Total Time: 35 mins

  • Calories: 105

INGREDIENTS
  • One Chipotle Pepper In Adobo Sauce Plus Two Tablespoons Sauce

  • 3/4 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic

  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt

  • 2 Teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar

  • 16 Ounces’ Extra-Firm Tofu (Main Ingredient)

  • 2 Medium-Sized Tomato

  • 3 Cloves Garlic

  • 2.5 Tablespoons Avocado Oil (Or Any Suitable Oil)

  • 1 Teaspoon Agave Nectar Or A Suitable Sweetener

  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste

  • One Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • One Teaspoon Ground Cumin

  • One Small Red Onion

  • One Little Green Bell Pepper

  • One Teaspoon Dried Oregano

  • Three-Quarter Cup Vegetable Broth (Low Sodium)

  • One Tablespoon Lime Juice (Optional)

GUIDE / INSTRUCTIONS
  • Making the Chipotle Sofritas is a quite easy task that begins with whisking together the vinegar, a quarter teaspoon salt, granulated garlic, and adobo sauce in a large container. You can gradually crush and crumble the tofu into tiny pieces with your hands and then put them in the container. After that, toss the coat properly and allow it to stand for 10-15 minutes.

  • Measure 1.5 tablespoons of avocado oil and heat in a pan over regulated-heat, then shimmer while adding the tofu. Allow it to stay calm for two-four minutes to enable browning. Stir and allow another two-four minutes to pass. Repeat the step for the tofu to turn lightly brown and soft at the center. Remove the tofu and put it in another separate bowl.

  • Put the chipotle peppers, cumin, agave, oregano, tomatoes, smoked paprika, the remaining half teaspoon salt, and tomato paste in a blender and blend to smoothness. Keep the resulting product separate.

  • Heat the remaining one tablespoon of avocado oil over medium heat and shimmer while adding pepper and onion. Saute for approximately five-seven minutes until it softens. This should be done in the pan, where the first oil portion was heated.

  • Place the blended mixture (the one for cumin, agave, oregano, tomatoes, and others) in the pan and boil for two-four minutes until it slightly becomes thick. If applicable, reduce the amount of heat.

  • Put the tofu and broth in the mixture above and stir while simmering at an increasing heat. After simmering is completed, lower the heat to retain a mild simmer and cook to reduce the most liquid. This should take about six-eight minutes.

  • Eliminate the heat and squash in the lime. You can test for seasoning and add more of it as required.

HOW TO PRESS THE TOFU?

As the recipe’s main ingredient, the extra-firm tofu requires proper preparation, and that involves pressing it. It needs to be squeezed until much liquid as possible is removed. Two simple ways you can do that are:

  • You can place them in paper towels, wrap, and put in a dish. Cover the dish with a heavy one or put something like a brick on top.

  • You can also use a tofu press that’s handy-dandy and super-fast. These techniques allow for the formation of crumbled tofu that will then be added to the Sofritas marinade being made.

You can serve the Sofritas and use it for tacos, vegans, burrito bowls, salads, or a tortilla chips bag. The above recipe takes an average of 15 minutes’ preparation and 20 minutes of cooking. It contains 105kcal and can be served to five people.

POINTS TO NOTE

For the oregano, you can use either the Mexican or Italian one as they both have great flavors in the recipe, even if they are different.

Apart from the avocado oil, you can also utilize rice bran oil. Even olive oil is efficient and will work appropriately, especially for a neutral taste of Sofritas.

The Sofritas is a bit salty. When mixed with the beans and salsas they provide, it can be too salty. Thus, preparing the Sofritas at home can help you regulate the salt level based on your tastes and the seasoning components you have.

The spice level of the recipe is high but adjustable. You can make it less spicy by lowering the adobo sauce amount or avoid it. To increase the spiciness, you can add chipotle pepper to the adobo sauce. Since it adds extra salt, it would be wise to reduce the table salt amount added, as shown in the recipe.

SIGNIFICANT TIPS FOR COOKING TOFU

You can bake the crushed tofu at 1900 C for about 20-30 minutes rather than frying until it is browned.

For better browning, a non-stick skillet or properly-seasoned iron pan is preferred. Using a stainless-steel pan requires that it’s well-heated and oiled before starting.

Most experts in the recipe field prefer using vacuum-packed tofu as it doesn’t need to be pressed before using. It also results in more tofu. Water-packed tofu is ideal, too, but will need pressing for 20-30 minutes.

The bottom line

Indeed, the significant reason to choose home-made Chipotle Sofritas is an incredibly tasty nature. The method of making the marinade and tofu is straightforward, such that within 35-40 minutes, you’ll be enjoying a favorite dish that can be used for various reasons. Just pressing the tofu for a few minutes before you begin making the Chipotle Sofritas is enough to get you started. Hopefully, this blog will help you navigate preparing this tasty, spicy, and mouth-watering dish.

Summing Things Up:

So that is it about how to cook Chipotle Sofritas, comment down any question you might have about the recipe and I’ll help you out.