The ingredients in Chipotle's plant based chorizo are perfect for Veganuary

Yasmine Leung January 4, 2022
The ingredients in Chipotle’s plant based chorizo are perfect for Veganuary
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Chipotle has unveiled its plant based chorizo in the spirit of Veganuary. Here’s the complete list of ingredients in the quick-service chain’s new must-have and latest menu items.

New year, new eating habits. To kick off 2022, Veganuary is here for the first month to challenge people to a vegan lifestyle, and Chipotle is making that easier by releasing its plant based chorizo.

Now, you don’t need to resist your Chipotle urges and vegans and vegetarians both have a meatless option.

The new alternative is the company’s first meatless protein since it added tofu-based sofritas in 2014.

2022 isn’t the first time the restaurant has introduced chorizo. In 2016, it offered thespicy sausage made with a blend of pork and white-meat chicken. It was soon pulled from the menu since it accounted for only 3% of protein sales, according to CNBC.

Want to know exactly whether the new chorizo is vegan? Read on to find out every ingredient.

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Chipotle’s plant based chorizo ingredients

According to the official Chipotle press release, the chorizo is made with a base of pea protein – the vegan alternative used in Beyond Burger.

To give it a spicy kick, it’s blended with chipotle peppers, crushed garlic, tomato paste, Spanish-smoked paprika, and extra virgin olive oil.

It is certificated vegan and contains 16g of protein per 4oz serving. Chipotle says it is made without artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, grains, gluten or soy. 

The chain’s vice-president of culinary Nevielle Panthaky said: “Creating a delicious plant-based protein that sizzles on the grill with the robust flavour and texture profile chorizo-lovers expect was a real challenge. Our culinary team has worked relentlessly for years to develop this breakthrough plant-based chorizo recipe.”

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What’s on the menu?

While the chorizo is available in all usual menu items, the chain has introduced three Lifestyle Bowls that are keto, Whole30, paleo, high protein, vegan and vegetarian-friendly.

  • Whole30 Salad Bowl: Supergreens Lettuce Blend, plant-based chorizo, tomato salsa, fajita vegetables, guacamole
  • Vegetarian Bowl: Supergreens Lettuce Blend, pinto beans, plant-based chorizo, tomato salsa, fajita vegetables, cheese
  • Vegan Bowl: White rice, black beans, plant-based chorizo, corn salsa, tomato salsa, shredded romaine lettuce

In a bid to promote the ingredient, customers get free delivery on all chorizo orders placed on the app and from 3 January to 9 January 2022, with a $10 minimum order.

All Lifestyle Bowl orders also receive zero delivery fees from 3 January to 31 January.

The chain has stated the new vegan option is available for a limited time, although it hasn’t clarified the dates.

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it

We respect some people are devout meat-lovers, but if it tastes delicious and gives you the protein, why not try it?

One Twitter user called it “questionably delicious”, implying they never expected to enjoy it as much as they did:

A redditor and Chipotle worker also gave it a good review and even preferred it to the chicken:

“I work at Chipotle and I have been trying to eat less meat. I tried half plant based chorizo and half chicken for my employee meal and it was surprisingly good. I mostly ate the chorizo.”

One customer, however, wasn’t blown away by the flavour, but applauded the chain for giving a new option.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.