Chipotle Testing Chorizo Protein Option On Menus In Kansas City

Although Chipotle just released a new menu item last fall in the form of its vegan tofu sofritas protein offering, it seems the chain is considering debuting another new option — chorizo. The chain is currently testing the ground chicken and pork sausage in all of its 33 Kansas City, MO locations starting today.

You might’ve come into contact with chorizo at Chipotle during earlier tests at New york Airport locations as well as a breakfast menu option, but this time around chorizo will be available as another protein option that can be added to a burrito, bowl, salad or taco only in Kansas City.

“Kansas City is probably a really good barometer of how people will respond to the chorizo anywhere,” Chris Arnold, Chipotle’s Denver-based communications director told KansasCity.com.

The same chef behind the development of sofritas says he’s been angling for chorizo to hit the menu since he joined the company.

“I’ve been beating the drum for five years,” Chipotle corporate chef Nate Appleman told KansasCity.com. “It was one of the first things I worked on.”

His recipe for chorizo combines pork and chicken to make for a less greasy sausage patty. The patties are then seared in-store on the grill and crumbled before serving.

Chipotle uses Kansas City to test market chorizo, starting today [KansasCity.com]