Pan-Seared Spicy Tofu  (Chipotle Sofritas-Inspired) 

One of the best jobs I’ve had to this day was working as a Brand Manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Although I never actually worked behind the counter, I got to eat there almost every day for two years…for free. I remember the day that my boss sent me an e-mail informing me that Chipotle was about to introduce Sofritas, a new spicy tofu option, and she needed my help to execute the marketing strategy for it. I’m at a new job now so I can no longer get my Sofritas for free, so I decided to recreate my own version! 


  • 14 ounces of extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper            
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Step 1: Drain the water from the tofu and then slice the tofu.  

Step 2: To further drain the excess water from the tofu, place a slice of tofu onto a napkin, fold the napkin on top, and press down hard.

Step 3: Once the excess water is released, crumble the tofu inside the napkin until it resembles the picture below. 

Step 4: Pour the olive oil in the heated skillet and allow the tofu to sear for 2-3 minutes on high heat until it begins to brown. 

Step 5: Season the tofu with the basil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper and allow that to cook for an additional 3 minutes. 

Step 6: In a seperate bowl, add the tomato paste, minced garlic, and water to make the sauce. 

Step 7: Add the tomato sauce to the tofu, mix that, and allow it to cook for an additional 3 minutes. 

Step 8: Serve with a tortilla, a taco shell, a burrito, or on top of my vegan nachos recipe! 


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