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Jun 24, 2013

Review: Chipotle - Sofritas Bowl

Chipotle is offering/testing "Sofritas" as a vegetarian-friendly tofu option here in California. It's made with shredded Hodo Soy brand organic tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and spices.

It's $6.25 for a bowl at my local Chipotle and they'll build it however you like. I like to load it with fajita veggies (onions and bell peppers) and salsas, plus extra rice. It ends up being a pound or more, which is sometimes a whole day's worth of food for me.

If you're like me, you're wondering why Chipotle had to come up with their own name rather than just calling the dish "tofu" like they do "chicken" and "steak." While they also offer "barbacoa" and "carnitas," those are actual names of existing entrees. Sofritas, on the other hand, is a made-up name that seems to be derived form the Spanish word sofrito. Apparently, it's easier to sell "Sofritas" than "tofu."

In terms of looks, Sofritas doesn't look so great; like stewed tomatoes with crumbled soft cheese, but it doesn't look horrible either.

The tofu isn't soft and smooth like you might expect, but instead is textured with a granular feel similar to ground beef.

In taste, the tofu itself is very neutral, but is seasoned to deliver a tomato-y tang and smokiness with a spicy kick. Eaten by itself, the Sofritas is a little too salty. It's saltier than Chipotle's chicken or steak (over twice as much salt), but mixed in with the other bowl ingredients, it tastes pretty good and brings the flavor. It's also slightly cheaper (by about 50 cents in my area).

More importantly, I didn't find myself missing the meat like I do with a lot of other vegetarian dishes. Sofritas is seasoned similarly to Chipotle's chicken and steak, and adds enough texture so that I wouldn't mind getting it over their other meats. That's a win from where I'm standing.

Nutritional Info - Chipotle Sofritas only (4 oz)
Calories - 145 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 10g (Saturated Fat - 1.5g)
Sodium - 710mg
Carbs - 9.5g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 11g


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8 comments :

  1. so its tofu rice and whatever you want? the nutrition is only 140 calories is that multiplied by 4 to get the lb?

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  2. Oops. Sorry, that nutritional information is for the Sofritas only and doesn't include the rice, veggies, and beans. Chipotle lists their nutritional info by ingredients since you can have them put it together however you like.

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  3. so is this supposed to be a healthier option?

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  4. Nope, just another protein option that's also vegetarian-friendly.

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  5. I had it recently and it reminded my of soy chorizo, which I like. :)

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  6. Yes, I felt the same way when I tried it. Although it seemed a little too salty for my taste, so I probably won't have it as much as I would like.

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  7. this was a fantastic review! thanks for being so informative

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