So often we eat at restaurants and want to replicate at home. Chipotle is one such place that we visit often. We all love the Veggie bowl there. Then Chipotle introduced Sofritas, a braised tofu dish that replaces meat in their bowls. Ever since we had the Sofritas bowl, we were completely addicted to it. The braised tofu crumbles flavored with oregano and other spices makes the veggie bowl tasty and amazing. So I made the Sofritas at home. Check out the post here.
After making Sofritas, the plan was to make the complete buritto bowl just as we have it in Chipotle. The bowl has various elements, each requiring multiple ingredients and different methods of cooking. However, to make it simpler, start with dicing the vegetables that are required in all the recipes; roast the peppers and set aside for sofritas and salsa. Soak and boil the beans, cook the rice and prepare the tofu. Doing all this in advance will reduce the time required to complete the bowl for dinner.
The easiest way to prepare the individual ingredients for the bowl, I followed this method. Start with the Fajita in a pan, once done remove it and in the same pan make the rice. This can be followed by the corn salsa and then the beans. The simple idea behind this is to cook the dry dishes first and then use the pan to finish the wet ones. In a saucepan make the sofritas and then the salsa sauce. This way you can make the entire spread using just 2 or 3 pans!!
Prepare the individual ingredients for the bowl and set aside. When ready to eat, take a big bowl and add Cilantro Lime rice first. Next add a spoonful of beans and a big spoon of the braised tofu sofritas followed by fajita. Add the Salsa sauce, Gaucamole, Corn Salsa, Sour cream and finally top off with shredded lettuce and cheese. Serve with a side of tortilla. To eat, mix everything well and enjoy the sofritas bowl!!
Homemade Refried Beans
Soak 1 cup of black beans in water, overnight or atleast 6-7 hours. Heat butter in a saucepan, add minced garlic. Sauté the garlic, followed by finely diced onion and minced jalapeno. Once it is cooked, add the drained boiled beans and mix well. Cook the beans, and add salt, pepper, taco seasoning and lime juice. Turn down the heat and set aside.
A cup of fajita,prepared as directed here: Mexican Fajita.
Cilantro lime rice
Cook 1 cup of white rice. Heat butter in a pan, add in minced garlic and sauté. After that, add the rice, lime juice, salt and cilantro. Mix well. Set aside.
1 cup of Gaucamole, following the recipe here: Chunky Gaucamole.
Make the mild salsa as shown here: Mild Salsa. Quantity depends on individual taste.
In a microwave safe bowl, add a cup of corn and a pinch of salt. Cook it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a pan heat butter. Once hot, add half a cup of onions. Also, add half a roasted pablanos chili, half an jalapeno and half a bell pepper. Once it is partly cooked, add the boiled corn. Season with salt, lime juice, Oregano and pepper powder. Set aside.
The recipe for chipotle style Sofritas is here: Sofritas.
To make the buritto bowl
In a big bowl, add Cilantro Lime rice first. Next add the beans and tofu sofritas followed by fajita. Add the Salsa sauce, Gaucamole, Corn Salsa, Sour cream and finally top off with shredded lettuce and cheese. Serve with a side of tortilla. To eat, mix everything well and enjoy the sofritas bowl!!