Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tofu with adobe paste

When I ordered the TofuXpress I was only expecting to receive a pressing tool, so it was a pleasant surprise to find that the accompanying instruction booklet also contained a few recipes. There was one recipe that immediately stood out from the rest but I had so many other things lined up to try with my new tool that it was forgotten for a while.

The man and I decided it was time to have refried beans this week as it's something we love, the trouble is the young man is not so much a fan. Viva Vegan contains a few sections which gives you ideas for matching different elements and when I repeatedly saw tofu paired with beans, it sounded like a great idea to get the young man enthused. I still hadn't tried the Tofu with adobe paste recipe from the TofuXpress booklet which seemed like the perfect match to complete our meal.

I made a few alterations to the marinade, reducing the quantities of ingredients down a smidgen due to the size difference in my block of tofu. Another minor tweak I made was to cut back on some of the sweet paprika and add a bit of smoked paprika. The lime, garlic and chilli flavours really stood out in the marinade and my initial thought was that it would be slightly too spicy. If the tofu was eaten on it's own that could have been the case. After it was wrapped in a tortilla with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, guacamole and cashew cream we found ourselves reaching for the hot sauce for some extra kick.

The young man hasn't been that enthused about Mexican food previously because he really isn't a lover of beans. This meal was requested by everyone to be repeated regularly so I'm happy to have found a way that we can all enjoy Mexican food.

Tofu with adobe paste (Adapted from the TofuXpress recipe booklet)

350g firm tofu
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
zest of 1 lime
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Drain the tofu and press it using paper towels and heavy weights or a tofu press for at least 30 minutes.

Mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl/shallow dish. Cut the tofu into small cubes and toss them well in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a non-stick frying pan and spray lightly with olive oil. Add the tofu and cook in batches over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often until the tofu is browned on all sides.

Enjoy in tortillas with refried beans, guacamole, cashew cream, hot sauce and salad toppings of your choice.


  1. Your picture is making me wish I could climb into the computer screen and pull this out for dinner! What a beautiful meal, and a lovely way to combine tofu with beans (I enjoy both, but interestingly have never had them together).

    1. What a lovely comment, wouldn't it be great if computers worked that way! Tofu and beans is a good combination although tofu really does seem to work with most things.

  2. I've never seen a recipe for adobe sauce - the only adobe sauce I have come across is in my chipotle tin. Am quite curious to try it - though I think I would like a little less chilli

    1. It was the first recipe I had seen for adobe paste too. This marinade was chunkier than the smooth sauce in the chipotle tins, you could definitely add less chilli for a milder version.

  3. That really does look delicious!

    1. Thanks, it was so delicious I just had to make it again for dinner tonight.

  4. Hooray for finding a recipe everyone can get around! I'm a big fan of Mexican-styled tofu & that marinade looks delish. I'm going to have to try it out soon. Maybe even buy a press soon too :)

    1. It's always great when you find a recipe that everyone enjoys! Hope you enjoy it too if you try it out.