Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tofu Ranchero

I love spicy food, so I decided to try my take on a classic dish and veganize it.  We loved how this turned out, and I will definitely add this to my breakfast rotation.

Tofu Ranchero


1 Tbs. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 pkgs. extra-firm tofu, packed in water, drained
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbs. chili powder
1 packed cup chopped cilantro
1 - 29oz. can vegetarian refried beans
3 jalapenos, either fresh or pickled Mexican-style, sliced in rings
Your favorite salsa


In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook for ten minutes, until they soften.  Add the tofu and mash directly in the pan.  Cook for twenty minutes or until tofu begins to brown.  Add the spices and cilantro and cook for another five minutes.  Meanwhile, heat the beans up in a separate small pot.  Serve tofu mixture over the refried beans and top with jalapeno slices and salsa.  This is great with English muffins on the side.  Enjoy!  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. my goodness does that look tasty! nothing beats Mexican flavors to start your day! thanks for sharing!

  2. Yeahhh I love spicy food too and you did it right, fer sher! Beans and tofu, tons of veggies...sounds like a perfect way to start the morning.

  3. That looks rockin'! I want some right now!!

  4. You would fit perfectly into my spice-loving family. No matter how spicy I make the food, they add hot sauce. I like spicy food, too, within reason. Your dish sounds just right!

  5. You seem to have a knack of cooking just what I fancy - the other day it was tomato sandwiches, now tofu ranchero. A very fine addition to anyone's breakfast rotation, I'd say!

  6. This looks so delicious, but I can't work with tofu. I've tried every recipe out there that includes tofu, and it's always a disaster. It hates me.

  7. GFHT,thanks! I love Mexican any time of day. :-)

    FF, thanks, yes, it started our day perfectly.

    Rose, I'll have to make a new batch first. :-)

    Andrea, is this an invitation to become part of the family???

    Joey, well, don't try to deny now that you've been sending me all those e-mails demanding I make those dishes that you love the most.

    Nellie, hmm, tell me more. I can help, I know it.

  8. Looks great, but wouldn't you recommend eating it with Tortillas? I'm surprised at you, Blessed Mama. English Muffins with Mexican cuisine?!

  9. Mmm, I love spicy Mexican food for breakfast. This looks really good. Unfortunately, I have problems when I eat more than a few small pieces of tofu, so I'd probably substitute (my apologies, Blessed Mama) eggs.

  10. S.V., you're so right! But, it was English Muffins that I had on hand. Think of it as fusion cuisine.

    S.E., Ach, eggs? What about seitan? Try seitan!

  11. Looks really, really good. I could definitely see myself dining on this meal. Yummy.