Vegan Sofritas at Chipotle

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Not too long ago, Chipotle restaurants in Michigan finally started selling Sofritas. Hooray!! And I recently had a chance to try it.

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Sofritas comes from sofrito, a Spanish word meaning, “gently fried.” In Spanish and Latin American cooking, sofrito is an aromatic combination of sautéed garlic, peppers, onions, and tomatoes often used as a base for stews, rice and beans, and meat dishes.

(Thanks, google!)

As you can see, the Chipotle sofritas is made of tofu braised with chipotle chilis and roasted poblano peppers. Ordering tofu always seems a little scary to me because it was just recently tofu went mainstream, and people figured out how to prepare it in a way that actually tastes good. Still, every time I order tofu I try not to get my hopes up. I expect it to taste, well, kind of like Nothing.

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I always enjoy watching the burrito artist try to wrap my burrito. I had black beans, rice, salsa, veggies, guacamole, and the star of the show…a big ol’ spoonful of Sofritas. I have no idea how anyone eats these things without making a huge mess.

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Anyway, I’m giving the Sofritas an A+. There was no weird tofu texture, I’m not even sure I would’ve guessed it was tofu if I hadn’t known. And by braising it, the tofu really absorbed all the flavors. It had a mild taste that reminded more of tomatoes than peppers, but in a very good way. The veggie burritos are pretty filling anyway, but with the addition of Sofritas and a side of chips & salsa, I didn’t need to eat dinner after having this for lunch.

In case you’re wondering about the other ingredients, here’s the Special Diet Information from Chipotle’s website.

Have you tried the Sofritas yet? What did you think?

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