Chipotle Tofu Nachos | A Meatless Meal


It’s time for take two for Tofu –in our house.  My hope when I pulled the Tofu out was the recipe would go over as well as the Tofu Stuffed Peppers.

To change it up a bit, I went a more  Mexican route with this Tofu Dish.   Like most of my meatless recipes, this was a quick meal to prepare and was done in under 30 minutes.

I based the meal on this recipe for Chipotle Tofu Chilaquile, but did make quite a few changes to fit what I had on hand and what I wanted to put in the recipe (namely some extra veggies.)

So here’s my recipe for Chipotle Tofu “Nachos.”  I called it that because my 11 year old said it looked like Nachos made with Chicken.

Chipotle Tofu Nachos | A Meatless Meal
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Tofu with a Mexican Flare and finished in under 30 mintues. Served on Tortilla Chips, makes for a meatless version of nachos.
Recipe type: Meatless Meal
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian
Serves: 7
  • 1 Large Onion diced
  • 3 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 28 oz can Crushed Tomatos
  • 1 Can Diced Green Chiles
  • Sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes (depending on how spicy you would like your sauce)
  • 2 Zucchinis (diced)
  • 1 Red Pepper (diced)
  • 2 packages Firm Tofu (drained and pressed)
  • 3-5 tsp of Taco Seasoning (I used this homemade recipe)
  • Shredded cheese to top
  1. Start by draining and pressing your tofu. Wrap it in a clean kitchen towel and place a heavy pot on top in a safe place for it to drain.
  2. Heat Large skillet with bit of olive oil and cook onions until soft and slightly browned. Make sure to stir frequently. After about 2 minutes add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Add Crushed Tomatoes, diced chilies, and one of the zucchinis diced. Heat until bubbly.
  4. Transfer sauce to blender and pulse until zucchinis are chped and blend is desired consistency.
  5. Place Skillet back on stove and add Tofu. Flake it with a form so it's crumbled. You don't need to wash the pot before doing this step.
  6. Saute the tofu and while cooking add taco seasoning. Stir well.
  7. Add remaining zucchini and red pepper. Cook until veggies are softened. Only took a couple minutes.
  8. Pour sauce back in skillet and stir.
  9. Serve on top of tortillas. I used "homemade" corn tortillas, but also taste great with store bought chips.
  10. Top with cheese or other nacho toppings.
The meal went over exceedingly well.  Even my husband (usually my meatless meal complainer) said he really enjoyed it.

This meal not only proved that meatless is frugal, but also that shopping at more then one store really does save.  Here’s the breakdown of the cost and where I picked up the items.

Tofu – $2 for two packs at Giant Eagle after sale, coupon and Cash back deals
Crushed Tomatos 67 cents at Giant Eagle at stock-up time
Green Chilies 92 cents at Giant Eagle
2 Zucchinis – 84 cents since I picked up a 3 pack at Aldi for $1.29
1 Red Pepper – 50 cents since I picked up a pack of 2 at Aldi for $1
Onion 5 cents – I pick up 3 lb bags when they are on sale at Aldi for 99 cents
Homemade Taco Seasoning and spices – All picked up at Aldi for 99 cents a bottle and this just used a fraction of them.  That made the estimated cost 25 cents
Nacho Chips – $1.19 if I used a bag from Aldi, but I made my own using 1/2 a bag of Corn Tortilla Chips I had picked up on sale at Giant Eagle for 99 cents.  That made it 50 cents.
Cheese 80 cents – I picked up a big 5 pound bag at Sam’s on my last trip and figured a 8 oz bag cost me only $1.45.

So my total cost for a meal that fed my family of 7  was only $6.53.  At less than $1 per person I would definitely say that’s a Frugal Meal.  Had I shopped at all one store, my cost would have definitely been higher.

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