Copycat Chipotle Sofritas

This copycat Chipotle Sofritas recipe captures the essence of the original version with a sweet and smoky coating on crumbled tofu. Use this easy recipe as a burrito or taco filling or as a spicy salad addition.

Copycat Chipotle Sofritas
Photo: Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 (14 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons adobo sauce (from 1 7-ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo) (see Tip)

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, grated

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Wrap tofu in several layers of paper towels. Gently squeeze over the sink to remove as much excess water as possible. Break the tofu into 1- to 2-inch pieces.

  2. Stir tomato paste, adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano and chili powder together in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tofu; cook, turning occasionally, until deeply browned on 2 to 3 sides, about 12 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until the onion softens slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste mixture and stir to coat. Add water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring often and breaking up the tofu with a spoon into bite-size pieces, until the tofu absorbs most of the sauce, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and salt.


Chipotles in adobo are dried and smoked jalapeños, canned in a tangy tomato-based sauce which can be used to add heat and smoky flavor. Once opened, transfer to an airtight container; they'll last for several weeks in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer. Find them with other Latin ingredients at your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
16g Fat
8g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 324IU 6%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 6mcg 2%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 7mg 2%
Potassium 136mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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