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Win friends and influence people by turning your kitchen into your own vegan Chipotle! We love this spicy tempeh sofrito as a colourful burrito bowl but it is equally good wrapped in soft corn tortillas, in Romaine leaves for a carb-free option or in quesadillas. We've even had leftovers in an omelet.If you can get past the awkward title I promise – hand on heart – that you will not just like this dish, you will absolutely love it. But first, a confession: it has tempeh.

Is that a deal-breaker? I hope not. 

Now, I don’t know about you and your nearest and dearest, but we here at food to glow haven’t always been overly keen on the odd bod pulse cake that is tempeh. Old greedy guts me is better at appreciating its rather earthy charms, but Andrew and Rachel have always been reluctant consumers of this most nutritious form of soy. Until now. In fact, in a food to glow tempeh recipe first, the pan of tempeh sofrito was not only wiped clean, but one of my testers – I won’t say who – was hunting around for any spare dishes of it that might be lurking for photographs, i.e. sat on a board by the front door. Win friends and influence people by turning your kitchen into your own vegan Chipotle! We love this spicy tempeh sofrito as a colourful burrito bowl but it is equally good wrapped in soft corn tortillas, in Romaine leaves for a carb-free option or in quesadillas. We've even had leftovers in an omelet.Yes, they had been very hungry – that’s why everything tests so well, I keep them starved! – but my ears pricked up for some welcome mmm’s and bowl scraping. Normally bowl scraping is an offence punishable by washing up and an hour listening to Jeremy Vine. But this time I beamed. And no one had to listen to Radio 2.

My family has not all of a sudden converted to tempeh-ism. No, they still hate it. But as it is disguised as a tasty bowl of something they might get at Chipotle (nearest restaurant: 415 miles away) I really couldn’t lose. It is all in the spicing. And add-ins.

tempeh // food to glow

tempeh – it’s not as scary as it looks!

If you really can’t get your head around tempeh, can’t get hold of it (in the refrigerated section of any good health food store), it’s too expensive (it is not cheap), soy is not for you (although it is a different beast to the crappy soy things you get in the regular stores and used as a cheap filler ingredient for other foods), well just use organic firm tofu, black beans, chicken, seitan – whatever floats your boat. Adapt the instructions as you see fit. The result of whatever you choose should be saucy and spoon-licking (and sticking) good. Pinky swear.

I have given some options to add in to your spicy tempeh sofritas burrito bowls, but jazz it up with what you like – salsa, guacamole, cheese, chopped veggies, shredded lettuce, spicy crema (yes! And I’ve included a cheat’s version), jalapeños – anything goes. The mainstays here are the brown rice base (or quinoa), a layer of seasoned black beans, and a crowning spoonful of tempeh sofritas.

Win friends and influence people by turning your kitchen table into your personal Chipotle. But don’t charge extra for the guacamole. 😉

Win friends and influence people by turning your kitchen into your own vegan Chiptole! We love this spicy tempeh sofrito as a colourful burrito bowl but it is equally good wrapped in soft corn tortillas, in Romaine leaves for a carb-free option or in quesadillas. We've even had leftovers in an omelet.

Adobo Tempeh Sofrito Burrito Bowls

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
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Mix and match to your heart’s content in this spicy, saucy vegan burrito bowl. Make more than you need. You won’t be sorry.

This looks so ingredient-heavy, but it is very easy. My advice: read the recipe through then take it step by step, even making the sauce up in advance if you like (but really it is easier than it looks – I don’t do difficult!). Have it as a burrito bowl like here, or wrapped in soft corn tortillas or large Romaine lettuce leaves. Any leftovers are great in quesadillas or as an omelet filling. Enjoy! xx

–Inspired by a recipe on yupitsvegan.–

200g package of tempeh

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

Spice blend

1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp black peppercorns, ¼ tsp allspice

Sofrito Sauce Base 

2 tbsp evoo

6 spring onions, chopped –

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 roasted peppers (I used ones from a jar), roughly chopped

½ of a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce OR ¾ tbsp chipotle chilli paste, like Gran Luchito brand OR ¼ tsp dried chipotle pepper flakes soaked in a little warm water – brands and intensity vary so use as much or as little as you care to

1 tbsp tomato paste (I like old-fashioned sun-dried tomato paste)

1 tbsp white wine or cider vinegar (or I used vinegar from a jar of jalapenos)

¼ cup of water

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp honey or date syrup

2 bay leaves

1 tsp dried oregano

70g (heaped ½ cup) sweetcorn kernels

Add-Ins

Cooked brown rice or quinoa

Seasoned black beans (1 can of beans, drained and heated with 1 tsp Mexican style chilli powder and good squeeze of lime)

Guacamole or sliced avocado

Diced red onions or spring onions

Chopped sugarsnap peas

Chopped tomatoes or salsa

Chopped lettuce

Lime quarters

Adobo Crema – ½ cup of non-dairy yogurt, plain yogurt, crème fraiche or Quark + a few spoons of adobo liquid from the tin of chipotles in adobo sauce OR any Mexican hot sauce + a good few squeezes of lime juice

cheat's spicy crema - ridiculously simple

cheat’s spicy crema – ridiculously simple

Special equipment: large sauté pan and a blender

1. First of all, heat a large sauté pan over a low-medium. Add the spices and heat until fragrant – about two minutes. Bash this up in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar until mostly powdered. Set aside.

2. Now, in the same pan heat the oil for the tempeh, and fry the tempeh pieces over a medium heat until starting to colour and crisp up. You may want to add more oil but just a little. Set aside for now.DSC_0174

3. Back to the pan – add the remaining oil to the pan and sauté the spring onion and garlic until golden but not burned.

4. Pop the onion and garlic into your blender with the spices you blended, roasted peppers, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, water, lime juice, date syrup or honey. Blend until very smooth. Taste and adjust how you like – more adobo liquid, some salt – whatever.

making the sofrito sauce in my trusty Optimum 9400 blender

making the sofrito sauce in my trusty Optimum 9400 blender

5. Now, add the corn and the rest of the spring onions to the pan (last time!); heat until slightly charred – no need to add oil but do so if you like. Pour in the sauce, add the bay leaves and oregano, and stir in the cooked tempeh. Cook this over a medium heat until the sauce is quite well absorbed into the tempeh, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick. The tempeh will lose its shape, but that’s fine – the nature of the beast.

6. Start to load up your bowls, starting with a small layer of rice (confession 2: we used a combination of a pre-cooked pouch of brown rice from M&S and Merchant Gourmet quinoa), warm, seasoned beans, the sofrito tempeh and the rest of your add-ins. A complete and filling meal.

 

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Win friends and influence people by turning your kitchen into your own vegan Chiptole! We love this spicy tempeh sofrito as a colourful burrito bowl but it is equally good wrapped in soft corn tortillas, in Romaine leaves for a carb-free option or in quesadillas. We've even had leftovers in an omelet.

Andrew’s cheesy bowl – not so vegan now 😉

38 thoughts on “Spicy Sofritas Burrito Bowl Recipe – With The Works {vegan/gluten-free}

  1. Susan says:

    I love you for a lot of things, but today I love you for this! Can’t wait to make it! Tempeh is extremely healthy and as a breast cancer survivor, I eat it all the time as it lowers my risk of recurrence just like the other forms of fermented soy like miso. Thanks!

    1. Yay!! I’m so glad you like it (I thought you might!). Please, please let me know if you make it, and how you liked it. Your critique is of value to me. 🙂 You are so right about tempeh and miso (and natto, but I haven’t gone there yet). One reason I am trying to make more enticing recipes for this kind of tricky to like food/ 😉 Do you have any pointers?

  2. bucketsandelephants says:

    this looks so delicious!!!

  3. Wow! What a beautiful and delicious looking bowl! Yummy!

  4. Jen @ Jen's Food says:

    I’ve seen tempeh in one of my vegan cookbooks but have never really known what it is (other than something to do with soy) or where to get hold of it. If I can find some I’ll give this a go, in fact even if I can’t find any I want to make some version of this just to eat that sauce, it sounds amazing.

    1. Jen, it will be in any health food or natural food store worth its salt/lentils/kefir, but chicken would be just dandy, especially if others aren’t too keen to try this acquired member of the health food family 🙂 But honestly, although it looks pretty dire if jazzed up a little it is more than acceptable. I’m really selling it, aren’t I?

  5. Urvashi Roe says:

    I first had tempeh in Woodstock NY of all places. Well there was a hippy vegan vibe in the whole town so I gave it a go. Not a fan. Having investigated and bought the stuff in your pic I’m even more not a fan. But I love the sound of the flavours in this dish and as you suggest I’m going to give it a go with tofu. Sorry tempeh!

    1. It’s certainly not everyone’s bag, that’s for sure. But my family really were very sceptical until they tried it here. I’ve had it in Mexican places in the US and didn’t like it (I ate it and pretended to like it though) so this was a real breakthrough.

  6. For me, soy always needs a flavor boost and you have nailed it in this fabulous vegan burrito bowl! (We have a Chipotle in town, but really the food is soooo salty!)

    1. Thanks so so much Debs. Yes indeed it is salty. It does need help but not that much help!

  7. This looks Amazing!! Definitely something I will look forward to doing for my family!

  8. killineat says:

    This looks so delicious! Looking forward to trying it out 🙂

  9. Just what the doctor ordered. Now I’m hungry

  10. I really love tempeh, so no this is totally a deal maker in my book!! The sofrito sauce base looks heavenly. All the flavors I crave and love to use. What a great burrito bowl Kellie! And congrats on getting the family on board with this one. 😉

    1. Yay – someone I don’t have to convince! I’m still not desperately keen on the naked taste of tempeh but spices and sauce make it really quite agreeable. It is such a fantastically nutritious food that any way I can make it more attractive to my family I am going to go for it. I haven’t always had such success. And it hasn’t therefore appeared here!

  11. Hi Kellie! I love tempeh, but haven’t cooked it in far too long. Must change that right away with this flavour-packed burrito bowl!

    1. Great to hear from you Katie! You are one of the queens of veggie bowl creations so I’m pleased you like the cut of this one. 🙂

  12. superfitbabe says:

    Looks absolutely perfect!! ❤ ❤

  13. filthynapkin says:

    Reblogged this on The Napkin and commented:
    Now this, is what we call a burrito bowl. Us Californians LOVE our avocados!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I have heard of tempeh, but I confess to have never having tried it, let alone seen it available to buy anywhere, but this dish makes me want to go and find it and eat it! Oh heavens this sounds like my kind of lunch! Gorgeous!

  15. Shannon says:

    ‘Don’t charge extra for the guac.’ Fabulous! We have a Chipotle within 10 miles, but rarely go. It is a quite expensive vegan to-go meal that can be made just as lickity-split at home with equally fresh ingredients (as you have aptly shown here)). Just because it’s one of the ONLY restaurants with vegan options we can go to near here doesn’t mean they get our business.

    How is it that so few people know how delicious veggies are? Even your pooch knows this. 😀

    1. My UK friends won’t necessarily be in on the guac comment, but I’m glad you appreciate it. I’ve only been a couple of times and, as you say, it is pricey (and salty). Much nicer to replicate this type of dish at home and load on all the guac you want!

  16. sina @veganheaven.org says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks so incredibly delicious, Kellie! 🙂 I just love tempeh, so I really gotta try this!

    1. Thanks so much, Sina. And your lentil tacos look utterly delectable!

  17. Kavey says:

    Oh Kellie, I have a confession. I don’t think I’ve ever ever tried tempeh! I love tofu, is it anything like?

    1. Hi Kavey. No, tempeh tastes nothing like tofu. Where tofu is very bland (and can be made very easily to taste like whatever you want and to use in both sweet and savoury concoctions)tempeh has a rather strong earthy taste. Depending on your taste it can be pleasant or not so pleasant. We fall into the latter category, but I do want to make more of an effort with it because it is so good for us and a brilliant source of protein. I’m really selling it, aren’t I?

  18. Andy Anderson says:

    This amazing recipe has converted a long term problem with Tempeh – totally delicious!!

    1. Thank you kind sir 😉

  19. I’ve not had tempeh for so long I can’t remember really what it tasted like. I need to go and check some out from my local health food store because this looks delicious!

  20. Mairead says:

    This looks like the least scary way to try tempeh. I’ve never tried it but I’d love to! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thanks Mairead. I’ve already had some good independent feedback that it has converted a few “haters” 🙂

  21. This i should try out! .. you captured the food beautifully 😉 .

  22. Reblogged this on #FoodPornNetwork and commented:
    such sophistication in beauty ,I hope that makes sense !!

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