Spicy Sofritas Buddha Bowl

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But to the important part of this post, your recipe of the day! And this one is our weekly vegan choice, a spicy sofritas buddha bowl. You know those amazing sofritas that chipotle introduced awhile back? Think along those lines, with a lot less sodium, and you get to add WHATEVER YOU LIKE to your bowl instead of feeling limited by their choices!

And some of you may think-vegan? What is she doing? And though I do not lead a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, I respect the benefits of having a vegan meal every now and then. It dramatically cuts down on your saturated fat content, and when done right, typically has a good boost in the amount of veggies on your plate. So I’m all for it, you know, every now and then. But this girl’s gotta have meat on a regular basis too.

How to make the sauce

Anyway, let’s get started. This recipe could definitely benefit from some prep ahead of time. You could make the sofritas sauce before, or even the entire sofritas recipe to really save time day of.

You will want to start by roasting your poblano pepper. I literally did this over the flame from my stove, but you could also do it on the grill or in the oven under your broiler. It’s really up to you.

Let it cool down for a minute, and then using a paring knife, scrape the skin off the outside of the pepper. You don’t really want to eat those charred bits, they just added a ton of flavor. Then, cut the top off your pepper, and pull out the stem and seeds. Cut a line down the side of your pepper, and remove any seeds that may have been left behind. Quickly chop your pepper into pieces and add them to your blender.


Add the remaining sauce ingredients to your blender, along with water, and puree until smooth. If you like it spicier, you can add additional peppers and sauce from your canned chipotles in adobo.

Prep the rest of the recipe

Pat your drained tofu (and my pat, I sometimes mean PRESS) with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Fry it in your pan with a little canola oil, crumbling as you go. I find that this works best with a wooden spoon. Remove tofu from heat and set aside. Add sofritas sauce into pan and let cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes. This adds depth and flavor to your sauce.


Add crumbled sofritas back into pan, along with 1/2 cup water.  Let cook for about 5 more minutes to incorporate the flavor of the sauce into the tofu.


Assemble your bowls with anything you like! I added into the recipe black beans, corn, brown rice, salsa, avocado, and cilantro, but cheese would have been really nice, or even Greek yogurt or sour cream! The possibilities are endless.


Spicy Sofritas Buddha Bowl

Say hello to my Spicy Sofritas Buddha Bowl, with less sodium than Chipotle, more flavor, and more topping choices (because you get to pick them at home!)

  • Author: Samantha Elaine
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top




  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 3 chipotles in adobo sauce, plus additional 2 tbsp sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp oregano

Sofritas Bowl:

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 212 ounce packages extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 cup mixed greens, chopped
  • Toppings: avocado, salsa, cilantro, cheese*, etc.


  1. Roast your poblano pepper over an open flame or broil until skin blackens. Remove skin, slice off stem, and remove seeds. Rough chop and add to blender. Add remaining sauce ingredients to the blender along with ¼ cup water. Puree until smooth.
  2. Pat tofu dry with paper towels. In a large pan, heat canola oil over medium high heat. Add in tofu and crumble using a wooden spoon. Cook about 8-10 minutes, then remove tofu from pan and set aside. In the same pan, add sofrita sauce. Cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tofu back to pan and cover stir to coat with sauce. Add in ½ cup water and let cook about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Assemble bowls with rice, beans, corn, greens, sofritas, and toppings. Enjoy!


*To make this dish vegan and dairy-free, use non-dairy cheese.

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