I have searched far and wide for a vegan meatball recipe that I didn't hate, and that wasn't super complicated. I finally stumbled upon this recipe from Connoisseurus Veg, and I have adapted it to make these Mexican tofu meatballs or vegan albóndigas. The meatballs are made with a mix of tofu, mushrooms, onion, garlic and seasonings, and they are bathed in a spicy chipotle tomato sauce. Serve with some brown rice studded with corn, and warm tortillas.
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The Recipe: Tofu Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce
The key to the texture of this recipe is chopping the mushrooms by hand. If you don't have much time you can do this in the food processor, but be careful not to over process. Also, don't forget to drain the excess liquid out of the grated onions. I used cilantro as a garnish, but you can also add it to the meatball itself. If you want to make the sauce spicy add at least 2 chipotle chiles. When I make these for my kids I only use one. Enjoy!
Mexican Tofu Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce
- ½ lb. Tofu, extra-firm, drained
- 2 cups (6 oz.) Cremini mushrooms, stems removed
- ½ Onion, grated, squeeze excess liquid out
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1 ¼ cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp. Almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Vegan Worcestershire
- 1 tbsp. Flaxseed, ground
- 5 Roma tomates, large, chopped
- ½ Onion, chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 - 2 Chipotle chiles in adobo
- ½ cup Vegetable stock or water
- ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Press tofu between two plates and place a couple of cans on top to drain excess liquid for 20 minutes.
- In the meantime chop the mushrooms very finely and place in a large bowl.
- Add the garlic, onion, breadcrumbs, almond milk, soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire, and flaxseed to the bowl.
- Use your hands to crumble the pressed tofu into the bowl, season with salt and pepper, and mix well.
- Roll the mixture into 15- 18 balls and place on a sheet tray covered with parchment paper. (You can add a little bit of oil on the parchment paper so the meatballs don’t stick, but this is optional if you are oil-free.)
- Bake for 30 minutes, turning them halfway through.
- While the meatballs are baking, using your blender, process all of the ingredients for the sauce until smooth.
- Set a large sauté pan to medium heat and add sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 7-8 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly and changes to a dark red color.
- Remove meatballs from oven and add to the pan with the sauce. Cover meatballs in the sauce.
- Serve over brown rice, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.