Aug 20, 2021 - Food and Drink
Chipotle experiments with plant-based "chorizo" in Denver
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A Chipotle Mexican Grill sign. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Chipotle Mexican Grill is now offering plant-based "chorizo" in its burritos, tacos and bowls.

  • Denver and Indianapolis are the two test cities, but it's only available at select restaurants.

Why it matters: The burrito chain's move is a high-profile experiment in alternative meats and a part of a trend that took hold during the pandemic.

What to know: This is the second plant-based protein available at the restaurant since the 2014 debut of sofritas, a spiced, shredded tofu offering.

The "chorizo" is made with protein from peas and mimics the taste of the spicy pork sausage with the addition of ancho and chipotle peppers, tomato paste, garlic and smoked paprika.

  • It is vegan and includes 20 grams of protein per serving, the company reports.

What they're saying: ​​"Plant-based lifestyles have continued to accelerate in popularity, and as a longtime leader in the category, we are exploring ways to give more variety to our fans," Chipotle spokesperson Chris Brandt said in a news release.

Where to go: In downtown Denver, you can find plant-based "chorizo" at the 1600 California St. and 1480 16th St. locations.

Quick take: The bigger question is whether the new option will erase the sour taste in our mouth from 2018, when the former Denver-based company ditched us for the new CEO's digs in Newport Beach, California.

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