Chipotle, the “Mexican” chain loved by vegetarians and omnivores alike will be testing a “sofritas” option, or tofu shredded & sauteed with tomatoes, poblano peppers, and chipotle sauce, in select San Francisco locations in February.
Chipotle prides themselves off of using sustainable sources and has always provided options to satisfy customers maintaining plant based diets. All of Chipotle’s fixings are vegetarian with the exception of the pinto beans, which are cooked with bacon.
The Denver based chain is looking into including tofu as a menu option as meat prices rise due to increasing hay and feed prices.
Depending on the success, Chipotle could expand the tofu option to 1,200 additional locations.
This is not the first time Chipotle has catered to vegetarians and vegans. In 2009-2010, various stores in the Northeast tested serving a “Garden Blend” which was a “vegan blend of plant proteins, grains and vegetables marinated in our chipotle adobo, then grilled.”
Chipotle has about 1,350 restaurants with locations in the US, Canada, London, and Paris and plans to open an additional 165-180 this year.
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