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Chipotle Sofritas

Prep Time 7 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium tomato quartered
  • 1/2 medium onion quartered
  • 1/2 cup water plus additional water as needed for braising the tofu
  • 2 chipotle chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (16-ounce) package of extra-firm tofu pressed, cut into 8 slices

Instructions
 

  • First, combine the bell pepper, tomato, onion, water, chipotle chilies, garlic, red wine vinegar, ancho chile powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Pulse until the marinade is slightly chunky and thoroughly combined. Then set it aside.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Working in batches if necessary, carefully place the tofu slices into the pan. Flip after 5 minutes, and cook until the tofu is golden brown, about 10 minutes total. Remove the tofu slices from the pan and drain them on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Next, roughly chop the tofu, or pulse the tofu in a food processor until they're in 1/4 inch pieces. Place the pieces in a bowl, and add the marinade. Cover the bowl, and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • To cook the tofu, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated tofu and any remaining marinade. Add 1/4 cup of water, and bring it to a boil. Add additional water to desired consistency, and reduce to simmer. Cook until the tofu is heated, which is about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

  • Start with extra-firm tofu and squeeze it to extract as much liquid as possible. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and place it in a dish. Then set something heavy on top, such as another dish or a can for about 15 minutes. Once the liquid has been removed, the tofu will be much easier to cook. 
  • Feel free to use any of your favorite toppings: freshly diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, or sour cream.
  • This dish can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Only add the extra toppings just before serving.