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Sofritas Recipe

A few years ago a certain fast food Mexican chain found a way to make vegetarian burrito bowls even more exciting.

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The Chipotle chain introduced a vegan protein option called Sofritas. Sofritas are shredded tofu crumbles braised in a flavorful sauce made with with peppers and spices.

To be honest, when I tried Chipotle’s Sofritas in my burrito bowl, I was not that impressed. It’s a little on the salty and oily side.

There’s also a slight smoky flavor that reminds me too much of meat and as a vegetarian, I’m not a fan of that taste.

I’ve been working on my own modified version and I’m excited to share it with all of you. It’s a little less oily and drier so it won’t seep liquid out of your burritos and tacos.

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This stuff is so easy to make and takes very little time. Here are a few tips to get your meal to the table ASAP.

First, let me share my trick for tomato paste recipes. When a recipe only calls for a small amount of tomato paste and I am opening a whole can, I freeze the rest in a plastic freezer bag and press it flat.

Pressing it flat lets you easily break off a frozen amount whenever you need it without having to thaw all of it.

Since you don’t have to really watch the sofritas the whole time they’re cooking, you can get your entire meal done all at once.

While that tofu is cooking for 10 minutes, I prepare all my other veggies. So, if I’m making burrito bowls, I cut up my tomatoes, onions, lettuce and shred the cheese while I wait.

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Once it’s done, I serve up hot sofritas right into the bowl. I have a meal ready in 30 minutes.

You can also make sofritas a day ahead and reheat them. I recently made a batch to use in a vegetarian version of these taco salad cups for a large party.

Not only were they a hit but it made assembling the appetizers quick and easy just before the event.

Finally, if you find yourself making a lot of Mexican food, then I highly recommend you make yourself a batch of my homemade taco seasoning.

It has everything you need for this sofritas recipe and so many more Mexican favorites.

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Sofritas Recipe

Urvashee Patel
Make your own homemade sofritas! These spicy tofu crumbles are the perfect vegan addition to fill your tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6
Calories 118.25 kcal


  • 2 Oil
  • 0.25 Diced Onion
  • 0.25 Diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 0.25 Diced Poblano Peppers
  • 0.5 Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tomato Paste
  • 1 Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 Taco Seasoning
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper (optional)


  • Drain the tofu and squeeze out as much extra water as you can. Crumble it with your fingers into a bowl and set it aside. 
  • Add the oil to a nonstick pan and place the pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onions, bell pepper and poblano pepper to the pan and let it cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and mix well.
  • Add the crumbled tofu, taco seasoning and optional cayenne. Salt to taste.
  • Give the mixture a good stir and spread it out over the pan. Let the tofu cook for at least 10 minutes or at least until it starts to brown and stick a little. You may need to adjust the heat.
  • Once it gets a little brown, stir it again to flip the tofu crumbles around and cook for another 2-3 minutes.


Calories: 118.25kcalCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 6.13gFat: 7.67gSodium: 186.08mgFiber: 1.46gSugar: 1.42g
Keyword Easy, Easy Dinners, Sauteed, Tacos, Vegan, Vegetarian
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