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Chipotle’s Plant-based Chorizo Just Debuted Nationwide

Chipotle has long been at the forefront of fast food vegan options and now they’re looking to boost their plant-based offerings with an all new Plant-Based Chorizo. The Plant-Based Chorizo at Chipotle is a tantalizing new vegan option that captures the deep, rich flavor of chorizo, without compromise.

This latest option is sure to bring nothing but the good stuff, which means using ingredients you can actually pronounce: Spanish smoked paprika, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, chipotle chili peppers, extra virgin olive oil, and tomatoes. The delicious result is a charred and grilled Chorizo with a bold, smokey flavor that just happens to be 100% vegan. Best of all, it contains 16 grams of plant-based protein in every serving.

Foodbeasts Elie and Oscar had a chance to try the Plant-Based Chorizo and were not disappointed, giving their nod of approval to just how booming its flavor was and how well it stayed true to the original.

To help celebrate the launch of Plant-Based Chorizo and to help get our new year started off right, Chipotle will be offering $0 delivery fees from January 3 to January 9. This should be an additional incentive to try for yourself Chipotle’s newest plant-based innovation that packs nothing but robust Chorizo flavor.

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Chipotle Reveals its First Digital Kitchen and Drive-Thru

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Chipotle Mexican Grill just announced plans for a Chipotlane Digital Kitchen, its first digital prototype restaurant with a drive-thru, pickup window, and outdoor patio dining area.

The Chipotlane Digital Kitchen is scheduled to open later this month in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and sets a focus on digital orders via the Chipotle app, chipotle.com, and third-party delivery services.

The new Chipotlane Digital Kitchen is smaller than a traditional drive-thru unit and takes the dining room and front production line out of the restaurant’s equation.

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Chipotle is Testing Pollo Asado in Select Markets

Chipotle is testing a new innovation with their chicken, the first of its kind in its 28-year history, by offering Pollo Asado at 95 locations in Cincinatti, Ohio and Sacramento, California.

This new variety of grilled chicken at Chipotle is treated with a dry rub of cumin, guajillo peppers, and coriander. It’s then hand-cut and finished with garlic, chili peppers, fresh squeezed lime, and chopped cilantro.

To celebrate the test of the new Pollo Asado, Chipotle has a $0 delivery fee on all Pollo Asado orders via the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com from November 8 through November 14. 

Pollo Asado will be available at participating locations in Cincinnati and Sacramento for a limited time.

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Chipotle Rolls Out Gold Foil To Celebrate USA Olympic Athletes

It’s been a decade since Chipotle launched gold foil packaging nationwide, but now is a great time to bring it back with the Tokyo Olympics in full swing.

This is the first time Chipotle has introduced gold foil nationwide since the restaurant chain celebrated its 18th anniversary and released gold foil-wrapped burritos in 2011. The shiny limited-edition gold foil will celebrate American Olympic athletes contending in Tokyo over the next three weeks.

In addition, Chipotle is offering a $0 delivery fee on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com from July 23 through August 1.

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We Found A Chipotle Location Testing Out Mini Churros

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Chipotle appears to be quietly looking at a new dessert option for its menu: mini churro loops dusted in cinnamon sugar.

Foodbeast caught wind of these being served out of a location in Orange County, and tracked them down to a restaurant in Irvine, California. Considering the proximity to Chipotle’s headquarters the next city over (Newport Beach), this could be the beginnings of a test to bring churros to the Chipotle masses nationwide.

These current churros could only be ordered via the Chipotle app, and come in a package of three. They’re also 100% vegan, which isn’t a knock on the churro at all. Some of the best churros I’ve tried have been completely plant-based as well.

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That being said, these aren’t going to beat the best churros ever, but they’re pretty tasty. They have a good crunch on the outside, and are a little dense on the inside, but overall still better than a Disneyland churro.

What stands out the most is the cinnamon sugar coating, which is more fragrant than you would initially expect for a churro. On the packaging Chipotle’s mini churros come in, it says that they use a blend of Indonesian and Vietnamese cinnamon, both of which are quite aromatic. That’s likely where that soothing smell comes from.

I missed having some cajeta (goat’s milk caramel) or chocolate sauce to dip these in, but overall, it’s a fine dessert addition that looks cool as well.

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If you’re in Irvine, you can head to the Chipotle near UC Irvine to try these. For those around Orange County, there may be other restaurants testing that we didn’t find; if you do locate one via the app, be sure to let us know! We’ll be keeping an eye out to see where these Chipotle churros spread to next.

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Chipotle Adds Quesadillas Nationwide Complete With Dipping Sauce Tray

Every so often, I find myself torn between ordering a burrito or tacos when stopping at Chipotle. While the bowls have their own magic, there’s something special about biting into a layer of warm tortilla paired with fresh meat. It’s euphoric.

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Imagine how much tougher that decision has become, knowing that Chipotle has now added mouthwatering build-your-own Quesadillas to their plethora of menu options. 

Oh, man.

Customers can choose from any of their favorite proteins. This includes Adobo Chicken, Steak, Barbacoa, Carnitas, and plant-based Sofritas, before filling it with their favorite accoutrements.

You can personalize it with any of their salsas and dips, so your meaty quesadillas will never be without sauce options.

The Quesadillas are available at Chipotle locations nationwide and can only be ordered online or through the Chipotle mobile app.

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Chipotle Tests Smoked Brisket At Select Locations Nationwide

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Currently, Chipotle’s selection of proteins is pretty stacked, boasting meats such as chicken, steak, barbacoa, carnitas, sofritas, and even carne asada for a limited time. 

A new entry may soon make its way onto the menu as Chipotle is dipping its toes into the world of barbecue and has begun tests of a smoked brisket protein option. 

The brand describes the brisket as smoked for 16t hours, seasoned with a unique blend of spices, grill-seared, and finished with a sauce made with Mexican peppers.

Customers can find the new brisket protein option currently being tested at 64 restaurants in Cincinnati, OH, and Sacramento, CA. It’ll be chopped up for guests like most of the meats served from the chain.

If successful, we may soon see brisket join a limited-time menu or even permanently at Chipotle stores nationwide. 

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Chipotle Tests Cauliflower Cilantro-Lime Rice In Select Stores

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Fans of cauliflower rice will be pretty happy to hear that the grain alternative will be tested at select Chipotle locations across the country.

The fast-casual Mexican food chain announced this week that they’ve begun testing Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower rice as a new plant-based option.

Made with grilled cauliflower that’s seasoned with fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt, the new test item adheres to vegan, paleo, keto, and Whole30 diets.

Chipotle Chief Marketing Officer Chris Brandt said in a statement that cauliflower rice is one of the most requested menu additions from customers.

Only time will tell if this will make a nationwide release on Chipotle menus. But if the stats are any indication, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice is more than likely going to happen.