Taste test: Chipotle's new braised tofu sofritas
For the first time in 20 years, Chipotle added a new protein to its menu—braised tofu sofritas. The Chipotle website says that it's made with organic tofu that's shredded and braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos and spices. The recipe is based on Latin American sofrito, a sauce and base for stews and meat dishes that's made by sauteeing garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes in olive oil.
So of course we were excited—it's no secret that we really like vegan food, plus Chipotle's meat-filled burritos can easily top out at more than 1,000 calories, even before you add $1.80 for guac. So tofu sounds like it would be somewhat healthier, right? Well not if you're watching your sodium intake—it turns out a serving of sofritos has 710 mg of sodium (compared to 370 for chicken, 320 for steak, 510 for barbacoa and 540 for carnitas).
We took a field trip to the Chipotle in our office building this afternoon and ordered tacos and burrito bowls to test:
Jake Malooley "I decided to go with the sofritas in a bowl instead of my usual protein go-tos, steak or carnitas. I wouldn't make that same choice again. For anyone riding the 'Pote boat that doesn't object to meat, sofritas in their current form—shredded to oblivion, overseasoned, not entirely filling—probably won't totally satisfy."
Amy Cavanaugh "This filling is trying to mimic ground beef, but texturally it's mushy and it's also incredibly overseasoned. I'd rather have chunks of tofu in my tacos and I'd rather not have to keep running to the water cooler."
Brent DiCrescenzo "I feel like I'm eating a packet of Old El Paso taco seasoning. It has that family-taco-night flavor. I'm fairly certain my blood pressure went up a dozen millimeters of mercury. They seem afraid to serve up big chunks of tofu. Holy crap is it salty. Enough to lure deer."