Tofu Sofritas Bowls

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This highly-flavorful dish is made with a mixture of fried tofu, pinto beans, peppers and spices, which is simmered in a rich enchilada sauce. Served with rice and fresh guacamole, this bowl is sure to become a regular part of your repertoire.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
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Step 1: Preparing Your Mise en Place

• 16 ounces extra firm tofu
• 2 cups cooked pinto beans (1-15 oz can, drained and rinsed)
• 1 1/2 cup diced onion
• 2 poblano or green peppers, diced
• 2 cups Enchilada Sauce*
• 1 tbsp chipotle purée, or to taste**

Method

If using poblano peppers, instead of green peppers, first char the poblano over a flame. Once the outside has totally blistered and turned black, place into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam. Once cool enough to handle, peel and dice.

For the tofu, slice into 6 or 8 pieces. Heat a non-stick fry-pan over medium high heat and dry-fry the tofu until golden and crispy. Once the tofu is cool enough to handle, break it up into bite-sized pieces.

*If you do not want to make or you do not have any leftover Enchilada Sauce, you could always use salsa instead; however the enchilada sauce will give the dish more depth of flavor.

**For the chipotle, simply purée some canned chipotle in adobo sauce.

NOTE: If serving this with rice, put the rice one now.


Step 2: Cooking the Dish

Method

To cook the dish, heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and dry-sauté, until it they become soft and start to brown. If using green peppers, add them just after the onions. If using roasted poblanos, add them later, with the beans.

Next, add the tofu and scramble for a minute or two. breaking up any bigger pieces that remain. Add the enchilada sauce and pinto beans (and poblano peppers, if using). Simmer for 15-20 minutes. If the mixture looks a bit too thick, add water as necessary.


Step 3: Serving the Dish

• 4 cups cooked long grain white rice*
• 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
• 2 cups Guacamole
• 1 fresh lime, juiced
• 4 cups baby spinach, optional
• tortilla chips or corn tortillas
• 1 cup Salsa Verde*

Method

*This dish can be also be served with brown rice; however, the contrast of the white rice in both colour and flavour are very nice with the tofu.

Once the rice has cooked, add the cilantro and lime juice, mix to combine. Taste for seasoning.

To serve the dish, spoon some the cilantro-lime rice into a bowl. Top with some of the sofritas mixture and a big scoop of Guacamole.

This dish is also very good with fresh baby spinach. If using spinach, add it just before the sofritas mixture. The hot tofu will help to wilt the spinach, but not overcook it.

Serve the dish with additional lime wedges and tortilla chips. This dish also goes very nicely with fried corn and Salsa Verde.

Note: For the Salsa Verde, feel free to omit the avocados from the recipe, if already serving the sofritas with Guacamole.


Chef's Notes

The inspiration for this dish came from Pinch of Yum and the Tofu Sofritas from Chipotle’s restaurant.

For tortilla chips, we particularly like the Late July Sea Salt by the Seashore Multigrain chips.