chipotle vegan sofritas
by Megan Thompson
Categories: Eats, Vegan, Vegetarian.
Photo: Chipotle

Eating out as a vegan can sometimes be tricky, but Chipotle is planning to make life a little simpler for vegans everywhere. On Monday, Chipotle became the first national food chain to offer a vegan meal other than the monotonous garden salad or veggie burger. The new dish, Sofritas, first appeared in January for a test run in Chipotle’s San Francisco locations and it was immediately successful. According to Chipotle Spokesperson Chris Arnold, the Sofritas dish, of which the main ingredient is spiced, shredded organic tofu, “already accounts for 4-5 percent of sales” in Bay Area restaurants.

Due to its popularity during the test period, Sofritas is now widely available at Chipotles in Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Eventually, the dish will be available in all 1,450 locations.

With this new menu item, Chipotle is hoping to increase the business of vegan/vegetarian customers as well as encourage those who usually eat meat to try a new, healthier option. When paired with veggies and brown rice in a combination bowl, Sofritas contains 50 calories less (425) than the chicken or carnitas meal (425), but significantly less cholesterol and saturated fat than the meat options. If toppings like cheese and sour cream are avoided, it is a relatively healthy meal option and certainly better than other fast food options.

Although few Americans follow a strictly vegan diet, the Harris pole reported that 47% eat at least one vegetarian meal every week. With national chains like Chipotle warming up to plant-based diets, this healthy and encouraging number will continue to rise.

About Megan Thompson

Megan is a healthy living and natural beauty advocate who is obsessed with sustainable gardening, food politics, human rights and animal protection. An L.A. native, she loves staying on top of the latest pop culture news and green lifestyle trends. When she is not writing, she loves going to the beach, hula hooping and working on upcycling projects.

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  • Elle Blythe

    is the image of the vegan option that Chipotle’s will be offering?

    • Mdefields

      Yes, the tofu filling in the burrito is the sofritas

  • Mdefields

    I’ve had the sofritas, and they are excellent! So glad they are keeping them and getting them in all Chipotles!!

  • Nicole

    Now if only they decided to go ORGANIC . . . This may be a step for Vegans, but all their ingredients are GMO!

    • Melissa Swanson ?

      The tofu in the sofritas is non-GMO.

  • Lacey

    They’ve been offering vegan meals since they opened! Hello, beans and rice?

  • Barry Mernin

    Beans and rice !