These Chipotle-Like Tacos Will Have You Canceling Your Takeout Order

Photo: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess.
By Emma Chapman

I love how tacos can be so versatile. To me, there's no better summer weeknight meal than quick tacos. This is coming from an avid lover of Chipotle — the restaurant and the pepper. I'm so into Chipotle's sofrita protein option that I wanted to find a way to replicate it at home. This recipe is very much inspired by the brand's spicy tofu creation. If you want to make these even lighter, you could easily swap out the flour shells for lettuce wraps and get some extra veggies in there. Do what you will, but no matter what, do make these soon.

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Easy Sofritas Tacos
Serves 2-3

Photo: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess.
14 oz extra firm tofu
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1/2 tbsp adobo sauce
1/2 jalapeño, seeds and veins removed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp taco seasoning
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup water
Lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro for garnish
Sour cream or shredded cheese
Taco shells (or big lettuce leaves...up to you)

1. Begin by draining the tofu. We're looking to get a crispy exterior so we get some texture to our filling. I will usually drain my tofu from the packaging liquid, cover it with paper towels on top and bottom, place it between two plates, and then place something slightly heavy on top to press out more liquid.

2. Then, slice the tofu in half lengthwise (making two large, thin squares). Pan-fry these in a little olive oil, for about five minutes on each side, so they crisp. Then, let them drain on a plate lined with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

3. While those cook, you can prep your sauce/marinade. In a food processor, combine the chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, jalapeño, garlic, taco seasoning, brown sugar, and water. Pulse until well combined.

4. Cube or shred the cooked tofu. Now, cook in the pepper sauce over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the liquid begins to reduce and become thicker. While that cooks, prep your taco toppings, because you're just about done!

5. Assemble your tacos with your favorite toppings over the sofrita filling. If possible, eat these outdoors with friends and a beer.

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