Chipotle Testing Out Tofu

Sofritas burrito
Sofritas burrito

Chipotle is testing out tofu in their menus. The Tex-Mex chain recently announced that they're trying out a new item called Sofritas in seven San Francisco Bay Area restaurants beginning Feb. 12. "It's seared and browned and braised like a sofrito," Chipotle communications director Chris Arnold told Squid Ink.

What it is: shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos and a blend of aromatic spices. The soy is made from GMO-free tofu from Oakland's Hodo Soy -- a Bay Area supplier known for whole bean tofu.

The Sofritas will be available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads. Although there's no word whether or not the tofu products will make it down to Los Angeles, Arnold hinted that if the test is successful, they will be slowly making their way throughout California.

"We've tried other vegan-friendly items in the past and we weren't really happy with it," Arnold said. "The Sofritas is more what we're after. It's vegan but it tastes just as amazing and we think it'll have a broader appeal than just vegetarians."

See also:

Lawsuit Filed Against Chipotle Over Penny Pinching Rounding Policy

Drive-thrus and Breakfast Coming Soon to Chipotle?

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