Plant-based eaters, rejoice! Chipotle is testing out a new product in a few locations just for you. In two restaurants in Denver, CO, and Indianapolis, IN, a plant-based chorizo will grace menus, so you have another meat-free option of protein.
The recipe was developed in-house and is made from a blend of ancho chili and chipotle peppers, ripe tomato paste, crushed garlic, Spanish smoked paprika, and extra virgin olive oil. All that is mixed together with a protein from peas—yes, peas. It’s certified vegan, has 20 grams of protein per serving, and is made with no grains, gluten, soy, or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
If you want to try it, you do have to make your way to the Denver or Indianapolis Chipotles testing out the product. But to sweeten the deal, the company is offering free delivery to anyone who orders the plant-based chorizo from the app or online between August 19 to August 29.
If Chipotle decides to add this meat-free option to the menu, it will be the second plant-based protein available. In 2014, the company added Sofritas, a blend of shredded tofu, chilies, poblanos, and tons of spices.
Testing out new menu items at a few locations is nothing new to Chipotle. In the past, the brand has tested quinoa at a New York location, a smoked brisket option in Cincinnati, OH and Sacramento, CA, and quesadillas in California.
We can only hope that the plant-based chorizo becomes a permanent protein option at the restaurant, because omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike can enjoy a good meat-free burrito.
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