Easy Sofritas Tacos

Easy Sofritas Tacos (via abeautifulmess.com) I am an avid Chipotle lover. The restaurant and the pepper. So I was way into their sofrita protein option because it gave me another vegetarian choice. This recipe is very much inspired by their spicy tofu creation…although I do not know their recipe and this isn’t exactly a “copycat” version per se. This is just an easy way to make something similar at home.

Easy Sofritas Tacos (via abeautifulmess.com) I love how tacos can be so versatile. And to me, there’s no better summer weeknight meal than quick tacos. YUM! Double points because it’s delicious as well as pretty healthy. If you wanted to make these even lighter, you could easily swap out the flour shells for lettuce wraps and get some extra veggies in there! Do what you will, but no matter what, DO make these soon.

Sofritas marinadeEasy Sofritas Tacos, serves 2-3.

14 oz. extra firm tofu
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce
1/2 jalapeño, seeds and veins removed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon taco seasoning
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 cup water
lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro for garnish
sour cream or shredded cheese
taco shells (or big lettuce leaves…up to you)

Begin by draining the tofu. We’re looking to get a crispy exterior so we get some texture to our filling. I will usually drain my tofu from the packaging liquid, cover it with paper towels on top and bottom, place it between two plates, and then place something slightly heavy on top to press out more liquid.

How to drain tofuHere you can see my high tech tofu press. Ha!

Then slice the tofu in half lengthwise (making two large, thin squares). Pan fry these in a little olive oil for about five minutes on each side so they crisp. Then let them drain on a plate lined with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

While those cook, you can prep your sauce/marinade. In a food processor, combine the chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, jalapeño, garlic, taco seasoning, brown sugar and water. Pulse until well combined.

Sofritas tacos recipeCube or shred the cooked tofu. Now cook in the pepper sauce over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the liquid begins to reduce and become thicker. While that cooks, prep your taco toppings because you’re just about done!

Easy Sofritas Tacos (via abeautifulmess.com)Assemble your tacos with your favorite toppings over the sofrita filling. If possible, eat these outdoors with friends and maybe a light beer? Or maybe that’s just me. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Easy Sofritas Tacos

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. extra firm tofu
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 jalapeño seeds and veins removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • lettuce tomato, onion, cilantro for garnish
  • sour cream or shredded cheese
  • taco shells or big lettuce leaves…up to you

Instructions

  1. Begin by draining the tofu. We're looking to get a crispy exterior so we get some texture to our filling. I will usually drain my tofu from the packaging liquid, cover it with paper towels on top and bottom, place it between two plates, and then place something slightly heavy on top to press out more liquid.
  2. Then slice the tofu in half lengthwise (making two large, thin squares). Pan fry these in a little olive oil for about five minutes on each side so they crisp. Then let them drain on a plate lined with a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  3. While those cook, you can prep your sauce/marinade. In a food processor, combine the chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, jalapeño, garlic, taco seasoning, brown sugar and water. Pulse until well combined.
  4. Cube or shred the cooked tofu. Now cook in the pepper sauce over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the liquid begins to reduce and become thicker. While that cooks, prep your taco toppings because you're just about done! Assemble your tacos with your favorite toppings over the sofrita filling.
  • I made this recipe Wednesday night and my husband and I both loved them! This is our new favorite tofu recipe!

  • Looks delish! As a vegetarian, I will have to try this soon! Thanks!
    Best,
    Emily
    www.emilyseye.com

  • Oh em gee, not going to lie, I squealed when I saw the word “sofritas”! They’re my favorite thing to order from Chipotle, and I was wondering whether a recipe like this existed!

  • These look incredible and so easy to make. Will definaty be making these and eating them outside in the sunshine.

    Sammie

    little Blonde Life – Lifestyle Blog

  • J’adore ce type de repas, c’est décontracté et convivial ! Merci pour l’idée.

  • A must try recipe, it looks so delicious and healthy too. Great picture taking by the way.

  • that looks so tasty x

    http://laapetitemademoiselle.blogspot.co.uk

  • I don’t share my tacos with anybody! These…would be all for myself, can’t wait to try! Mmmmm
    Adelle – www.wherethestyledthingsare.com

  • These look gorgeous! Just the kind of healthy, veggie food I try to eat daily, but still delicious and fun. Home run, you guys.

  • Never thought of trying tofu that way but it sounds like it gives it a bunch of flavor! Im not a huge fan of tofu but I’m going to try to cook it this way and who knows! it might become a staple 🙂 Thanks!

  • I’m always looking for a good marinating recipe for tofu… loving these tacos!

  • It looks so yum! I’ll definitely try this at home 🙂
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  • These look so good! And easy! I can’t wait to try them!

    Laura
    http://laurahager.blogspot.com/

  • What a healthy way to enjoy tacos! Extra firm tofu rocks, it goes well with everything!

    Juju Sprinkles
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

  • I want to implement some more vegetarian dinners into my lifestyle and these look amazing!

    Danika Maia
    www.danikamaia.com
    BLOGLOVIN’

  • That taco shells look so soft! I love tacos but here in Italy it’s difficult find good ingredients to make them

    Giulia
    www.leggitea.it
    www.leggiteablog.wordpress.com

  • Love this! Actually just did a tofu recipe on my blog ha http://www.hannamarielei.com

  • Tacos are one food item that I am never “not in the mood for.” Perhaps it’s because they pair incredibly well with margaritas!

    NC

    www.hopsandnosh.com

  • If you cook with tofu a lot, might be worth getting a tofu press, I love mine and use it all the time. I think it’s the tofu xpress from Amazon. This recipe looks great! 🙂

  • OMG. I AM DROOLING. Loooove tacos.

    xx, Mel
    http://melinspired.com

  • Do I only use ONE chipotle pepper out of the can?

  • These look absolutely delicious! I think I’d add a few fried mushrooms, or maybe some black olives as well. Tacos with black olives and/or mushrooms are kind of my favorite. <3

  • YUM! I can’t wait to try this marinade. Another tip for firmer tofu—freeze it first then when you thaw it, it has a great texture. I would also serve this with a purple cabbage/corn/radish slaw….mmmmm, thanks for the idea!

  • Yum ladies! These look so darn good! Such a perfect summer recipe!

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • I’ve been really into tofu lately so will definitely give these a try!

  • That’s such a creative way to press out extra liquid from tofu! I’ll have to try that!

    Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • YUM. I LOVE sofritas at Chipotle so I will totally love this!

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  • Ooooh! That looks so delicious! I haven’t eaten tacos since forever and now I’m kind of craving for them. Thanks for sharing the recipe! With love,
    Vera

    The Flash Window | Bloglovin

  • Looks delicious! Will definitely try out your tacos!

    www.baanou.com

  • I love this! I’m always in a mood for tacos, and these look delish!

    Side note: we have those blue mason jars, too – OBSESSED!

  • Yum! These look delicious! And we’re loving the idea of using lettuce instead of flour tortillas.

  • Those look so tasty! Tacos have become a staple at our house, so I will have to try these out!

    Kristi
    www.beloverly.com

  • Mmm… shrimp tacos are so good! Those are great in lettuce wraps too actually. (Can you tell I’m trying to get more veggies in my life lately?)

    🙂

    -Emma

  • Lorna-At first I read your comment as saying, “This sounds edible!” And I laughed! But… just a reading problem on my part. I think I might need another coffee this morning. 🙂

    -Emma

  • This looks so delicious; were I not already making a different breakfast, I think I’d be eating this. I’d like to link back to this recipe on my own blog, if I do make it. Is that alright? Any photo or quotes would of course be attributed to the right person from your blog.

    I was also wondering how many times you have to try a recipe before you get it right? I know when I’m cooking new things it can be pretty hit-or-miss. I was wondering with the volume you do, so many new recipes every month, do you take days to get each one right? I’m so curious!

  • This looks absolutely delicious – but I love your china even more! The polka dots are super cute!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

  • I love chipotle, and I never tire of eating tacos. Thanks for the recipe, Emma!

    Happy Monday 🙂
    www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud

  • I just made shrimp tacos for dinner this past friday. Warm weather is total Taco weather 🙂 I love your idea of adding them to lettuce cups/wraps for a fresher, leaner option. I can’t wait to try your “Sofrita” marinating mix. it looks delicous!!

  • This sounds incredible! I can’t tell you how much I want to make these. Yum! Nice to see a vegetarian option too!

    Lorna | www.studsanddreams.com xx

  • These just look yum! With a cider o the side for me 🙂 Will definitely give them a try.
    xo

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