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Chipotle Sofritas - Chipotle Mexican Grill's Braised Sofritas Copycat

By now, you know for sure, I am a die-hard Chipotle Mexican Grill's Chipotle Sofritas fan! And If you are here, reading this post, you are no different either. :) I know, I know, chipotle grill has made this vegan tofu sofritas so darn tasty that everyone just loves it.

Recently, I watched a documentary on Chipotle Mexican Grill company. Earlier, I thought, this recipe was created by weight-watchers for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Now, I came to know, famous Mexican cuisine expert, chef Malin also has contribution in Chipotle's Sofritas recipe.

Well, I am no chef Malin, but I know you liked my earlier Chipotle Sofritas recipe. In-fact, I am pretty sure you are here following one of my previous Chipotle Recipe's link :) 

Your encouragement is what keeps me going in testing/trying great recipes that you and I can cook at home, save money, and eat healthier always! Everyone said, Chipotle Sofritas recipe that I have shared earlier was spicy. So I thought to test and try my original recipe a little more to create a LESS SPICY perfect COPY OF Chipotle's SOFRITAS this time.

Update: Feb, 23 2015: Today, when I made this recipe again for stuffing in Crispy Sofritas Taquitos, I decided to click a new picture of sofritas for you. Old pictures were clicked on a cloudy day, and are little dull. So here is the latest picture, bright and yumm-licious!

I think, we all eat with our eyes, and this sofritas's picture will sure make your mouth-water! I have used little less water in this sofritas to make a good filling for taquitos, but rest recipe is exact same! 

Chipotle Sofritas - Chipotle Mexican Grill Copycat Recipe.

Let me sum-up this UPDATED recipe for you all. This chipotle sofritas recipe is:

1) Made with braised tofu (right technique used by Mexican Grill)
2) Is saucy like Chipotle Mexican Grill
3) Is VEGAN like Chipotle Mexican Grill
4) Is NOT spicy, exactly like Chipotle Mexican Grill
5) and YES, it is a TRUE COPYCAT Chipotle Sofritas. 
6) Above all, made with all AVAILABLE at home ingredients. Not even Tajin used this time :) Many people told me they bought a bottle of Tajin just for my previous Chipotle recipe, so I decided to give you all some relief. I replaced Tajin flavors with easy to find pantry ingredients.

In order of how we progressed in making Sofritas at home, so far...

1) Sofritas-style Shredded Tofu - First try, bare minimum, everyone loved it!
2) Chipotle Sofritas - Most popular, Marinade style Chipotle Sofritas, you all went crazy, taste was pretty good but spicy. Still most popular. I bet you are here reading this one. 
3) Braised Chipotle Sofritas - Braised (right technique used by Mexican Grill to cook sofritas). Equally admired and loved yet spicy.
4) Sofritas Verde - My love of sofritas forced me to make this not-so-mexican-grill version with all-green ingredients. this recipe has ME written all over it.

Last but not the least...

5) This Braised Chipotle Sofrita's true Copycat - Saucy, less spicy, and exact copy of Mexican Grill Chipotle Sofritas. TRUST ME! You want to try this!

Sauce-y Chipotle Sofritas

Sofrito Marinade Sauce yields 1 cup. One pound tofu needs about 1/2 cup of the sauce or a little more if you prefer spicy.  Leftover sauce will stay good in refrigerator for a week. You can quickly make Chipotle Sofritas at home, in not time, again!!!

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Chipotle Sofritas - Chipotle Mexican Grill's Braised Sofritas Copycat

Chipotle Sofritas - Chipotle Mexican Grill's Braised Sofritas Copycat
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 1 Cup Sofrito Serves 4 Notes 1 cup sofritos is good to cook 2-3 pounds of tofu
Smart Swap Replace tofu with seasonal vegetables or white meat chicken per your liking!

Ingredients

    Chipotle Sofrito Sauce
  • 2 Chipotle in Adobo  (plus 3 tbsp adobo sauce liquid)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil  
  • 2 Cup Water  (or low-sodium vegetable stock, 1/4 cup and rest divided)
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Powder  (toasted)
  • 2 tsp Oregano  (preferrably dried mexican oregano)
  • 1 tsp Salt  (adjust per taste)
  • 3 tbsp Lemon  (juice of about 2 medium lemons)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar  
  • 1 Poblano Pepper  (roasted on open flame, seeds and skin removed)
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste  
  • 2 Garlic  (cloves)
  • Tofu
  • 1.25 lbs Tofu  (super firm tofu. two 10 ounce packets, will need half the sauce/marinade)
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil  (for shallow frying)

Directions

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    1. Start with roasting the pepper. It took me 5 minutes to beautifully char this pablano! Let cool a little, then remove seeds and scrap-off skin of poblano. set aside.
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    2. For sauce, in a blender/food processor jar, add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, poblano pepper, garlic, cumin powder, oregano and tomato paste.
    Additional Notes
    Tomato paste I used is Monte Amore Tomato Paste, You can use any good quality tomato paste or tomato puree. If using tomato puree instead of paste, then use less water in step 3.
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    3. Add olive oil, salt, lemon juice, sugar, and 1/4 cup water/vegetable stock. Process to make a fine puree. Set aside.
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    4. To prepare Tofu - Pat dry tofu with paper towel to soak any moisture. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan, add half of tofu and shallow fry until crisp from both sides. (about 3-4 minutes each side). Repeat with remaining tofu.
    Additional Notes
    For best results, press tofu with paper towel under a heavy weight for 5-10 minutes to get rid of access moisture.
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    5. Drain prepared tofu on paper towel to soak excess of oil while you finish frying rest.
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    6. Make Sofritas - In a wide pan, add 1/2 cup of sofritas marinade/sauce prepared in step 3. Saute stirring frequently until oil starts to show on side. (just 2-3 minutes) This ensures raw garlic taste is gone and also flavor develops with cooking sauce.
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    7. Add fried and chopped tofu and cook for 1 minutes coating in the sauce.
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    8. Add remaining stock (if using) or water. Mix well and bring mixture to rolling boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Break pieces of tofu with spatula once-in-a-while while sauce is cooking. Don't let water/stock completely dry-off, leave sauce little sauce-y like chipotle's.
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    9. Sofritas are ready!!! Serve with rice and salsa. Enjoy! I have covered all recipes for a delicious sofritas bowl. Make at home and enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

If sauce still feels spicy to you, consider adding 1/2 tbsp more sugar or 1 tbsp more tomato paste,. Also you can use just one adobo pepper and instead add one more tbsp adobo sauce for flavor.

Less Saucy Sofritas? If you planning to fill sofritas in tacos and not eating with rice? Just add less water when cooking tofu with marinade and water. About 1/2 cup should be fine to develop flavor in tofu... then simmer away any excess water or until desired sofritas consistency achieved.

If you can't find Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce? Here is the link to buy it from Amazon:

La Costena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce 7 Oz(Pack of 2)

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  1. I love this recipie! In fact its so good I double it every time!! Tastes super authentic! Savita, have you considered including the amounts in the directions, so it would say: Add 2 tbs Olive oil, 1 tsp Salt, this prevents a bunch of scrolling and digital friendly! Eitherway, great recipie and a wonderful blog. Thank you!

    Hi Josh, thanks for sweet feedback. I'm glad you enjoy reading CDH blog and this recipe. Chipotle Sofritas is no doubt a delicious combination of flavors. I understand what you saying about mentioning the measurements in directions. I'm trying this with my new recipes.
  2. We had this at Chipotle for the first time a few weeks ago and we fell in love!! We recently transitioned to plant base so tofu is new to us. I will be making this tonight for our weekly mexican!! Can't wait!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    Venessia, I'm certain you gonna love these homemade sofritas. Happy cooking!
  3. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I LOVE these at Chipolte--been going there once per week to get my fix!! I have not made yet, just found you! Great website, and super easy to print the recipes vs copy & pasting into email. :) I'm looking forward to checking out more cooking options on your website.

    Hi Julie, as I see you like Chipotle Sofritas very much.. Trust me, this recipe will be your favorite sofritas made at home. I'm glad you enjoying Print feature. I hope you get chance to try sofritas soon. Cheers! -Savita
  4. I used high protein tofu. This truly hit the spot. Thank you.

    Hi Alina, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed.
  5. This was delicious! We made this tonight using a jalapeno instead of poblano, and it came out delicious (and a little spicier than Chipotle, just how we like it!). We also crumbled the tofu by hand, which we thought gave it a more Chipotle texture. It was amazing in homemade burrito bowls!

    Hi Shriya, I'm glad you enjoyed Chipotle Sofritas. See, this is the magic of home cooking, you can change a recipe as per available ingredients and still keep it healthy and delicious.. I prefer to chop tofu but shredding makes total sense too! Thanks for sharing your feedback. Cheers! -Savita
  6. I haven't tried this yet, but I don't know if I should cut the tofu blocks into specific sized pieces. It seems unreasonable not to, but I wasn't sure if there was an optimal size.

    Hi Christian, there is no optimal size. You can dice or chop tofu to any size. I cut it in thin slabs to sear quickly and get texture just like chipotle's chipotle sofritas... but it should be fine even with rough chopped pieces. I hope it helps.
  7. Hey Savita, this sofritas recipe looks very nice! I'll give it a try soon!

    Hi Makos, I hope you get chance to try soon. I can tell you, you will fall in love with this sofritas recipe.
  8. Hi Savita, Can I reheat this in the microwave? Thanks!

    Hi Avisha, yes, you can reheat chipotle sofritas in microwave. Just make sure to use microwave safe container. I hope it helps.
  9. Wowzers. This is my favourite sofrita recipe by far. The flavor is spot on and incredibly delicious. Even all my non vegan friends loved it. I will definitely be sharing!

    Thanks Sarafina. I'm glad you enjoyed Sofritas.
  10. Can I put the tofu in a food processor to make it more like sofritas texture? I think they try to imitate the look of ground meat. Not sure how the tofu would hold up.

    hi Iskra, I think, raw tofu will get mushed in food processor. I have never used food processor for this recipe. However, I think pan-fried tofu as shown in steps above can be crushed in food processor instead of chopping. I hope it helps.
  11. Good, but a bit too hot for me.

    Hi Tom, I also shared a less hot version of this recipe. You can check that. I hope it helps.
  12. Looks amazing. Can't wait to try it. Can you freeze the marinade?

    thanks Cara! I have never tried freezing it but I think it should freeze just fine. I recommend freezing few portions to make it easier to use later. Happy cooking!
  13. LOVE this recipe. I made it for my son's high school grad party, along with other meats for non vegetarians, and it got rave reviews. Thank you. Still his favorite meal for me to make on our family's Mexican night!

    Hi Debbie, thanks for sharing feedback. I love the fact your family enjoy sofritas so much and especially that this recipe works for you!
  14. This was yummy...even passed my hubbie's approval. I had to use Anaheim pepper though as our grocery store did not have poblano for some reason so I only did half and it seemed to have enough heat for us as we can be wimps when it comes to heat. Thanks so much for th great recipe!

    Hi Bridget, I'm glad you enjoyed the sofritas. It feels amazing specially when family loves it. thanks for trusting my recipe. You have a great day.
  15. So good! How long will the tofu mixture stay good refrigerated you think?

    Hi Kasie, thanks! Prepared tofu sofritas will stay good for 2 days. Just the marinade/sauce stays fine for a week (both in airtight container) I hope it helps.
  16. Wow. I have to say I had my doubts but this is a great copycat...dare I say even better? Will be using this frequently in the future. I subbed a full lime for the lemon and and used the full amount of sauce; it turned out really tasty. Thank you for sharing this! This will be a huge $ saver!

    Jasmine, thanks for such sweet feedback. Your use of full sauce for sofritas tell me you love chipotle and spicy too :) I think we both share similar taste buds because I always find it better than original .... yet credit goes to Chipotle for introducing us to these flavors. I'm totally with you on saving $ while enjoying fav dinner at home. thanks for taking time to write feedback.
  17. Hello, what does '2 Chipotle in Adobo' mean? New to cooking over here! ;)

    Hi Andrae, 2 chipotle in adobo means two whole peppers in adobo sauce and 3 tbsp. of liquid. Chipotle Adobo are smoked jalapeno packed in a sauce and sold as small cans. I have added a link in recipe notes if you want to buy/look at the picture of container. I hope it helps.
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