These homemade smokey, slightly spicy sofritas taste just as good as the ones from Chipotle if not better! They are the perfect meatless taco filling!
I’m a day late with sharing these Sofritas Tacos. It would have made more sense for me to share this recipe yesterday since it was Taco Tuesday. Although, we could pretend that I’m actually 6 days early in sharing these tacos with you…yeah, let’s go with that! Early or late sofritas tacos are my new favorite vegetarian taco!
In case you don’t know what sofritas are, it’s crumbled tofu that’s been simmered in a delicious smokey, slightly spicy, red Mexican sauce. Did I lose some of you? I know, I know, it’s the tofu isn’t it? My husband’s nose went up too when I told him what I was making. But trust me on this you guys, it’s actually incredibly delicious!
I tried sofritas at Chipotle when they first came out. I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. If I hadn’t read that it was tofu I never would have guessed that it was. If you’ve had a bad experience with tofu, it’s probably because it wasn’t prepared in a palette pleasing way. At first sight tofu is rather gross looking. A jiggly block of white soybean curd sitting in water doesn’t exactly scream eat me. However, once you press out as much of the water as you can from the tofu, then you can really start to make the magic happen and turn it into something delicious.
The sofritas are simple to make and can be prepared in just two dishes (a blender and a skillet). Start by pressing as much of the water out of the tofu as you can, doing this will help it crisp up in the skillet. Once the skillet is hot add in the tofu and crumble it up with a wooden spoon so it resembles ground beef crumbles. While the tofu is crisping up blend together all the ingredients for the magical sauce in a blender. Green chiles, chipotle chiles, garlic, cumin, jarred salsa, and chili powder are what turn that bland tofu into tasty taco “meat”! When the tofu is golden, pour in the sauce along with some water and black beans. Cover it and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes so the sauce can absorb into the tofu. Once they are finished the sofritas barely resemble tofu in taste, looks, or texture. They are the perfect meat free option to load into your tacos!