Brace yourselves: Chipotle may be releasing a brand new protein option. And it's good. Oh, it's really good.
According to The Kansas City Star, Chipotle began testing chorizo in Kansas City today.
The Mexican chain's take on the sausage is a blend of ground pork and chicken, plus paprika, toasted cumin, garlic, and chipotle peppers. The meat is packed into patties, which then get seared on the grill and crumbled before serving.
Chipotle introduced its tofu option, sofritas, last fall -- yet, menu changes have still been few and far between in the company's 22-year history, so this is pretty huge. It also comes on the heels of the chain's shortage of carnitas, its slow-cooked pork option, which has been out of stores for months now. But really, who needs carnitas when you have chorizo?
Chipotle corporate chef Nate Appleman, who was also behind sofritas, has been hot on chorizo for a while now. He told the Star, "I’ve been beating the drum for five years... It was one of the first things I worked on.” Gothamist reported in 2011 that chorizo was being tested in New York, and the Star notes that it was on menu at some New York airports at that time.