4 Alarm Adobo Pepper Tofu

Assuming we can all agree that spice level is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is not really spicy at all, maybe a little ginger or something and that 5 is almost inedible. Not really inedible, but you know. I’m calling this a 4, mostly because I did not remove the adobe seeds and they really pack a punch. You can bring this recipe down to a 3 if you remove all the seeds when you transfer the tofu from the marinade to the coating.

4 Alarm Spicy Adobo Pepper Tofu

Sweet and spicy marinated tofu with sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • Ninja Foodi Air Fryer


  • 400 g tofu, extra firm blot dry with paper towel
  • 6.5 oz canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup + ¾ cup water water for the marinade + sauce
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp peanut oil for the air fryer, use whatever oil you like
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  • Open the can of peppers and rinse it out into a measuring cup, so you get all the little bits.
  • Tear the tofu apart by hand into a bowl and pour the adobo and water mixture over top. Stir to coat evenly and refrigerate one hour, take it out and give it a stir at the half hour point.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the corn starch, nutritional yeast and paprika.
  • Pick the tofu out of the tofu and adobo bowl, add it to the corn starch mixture, and stir it to evenly coat the tofu. It will still be a little wet.
  • Add peanut oil to air fryer, place tofu in the fry basket and air fry at 390°F for 10 minutes. Stir tofu, check for crispness, and set for an additional 10 minutes or less if not necessary.
  • While tofu is air frying, pour the leftover marinade in a small saucepan. Make a corn starch slurry with the corn starch and ¾ cup water. Add to sauce and whisk to incorporate over medium-low heat, whisk in brown sugar and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce over the air fried tofu and serve with quinoa and sweet potato.


Cooking times with vary based on air fryer, and overall wetness of the tofu.
If you’d like your sauce to look a little prettier, strain the marinade through s fine sieve to catch all leftover pieces of tofu and broken bits of peppers.
Keyword spicy, tofu, vegan

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