Vegan Chicken at Chipotle

UPDATE: 08/18/12

Chipotle no longer offers vegan "meat" options. I contacted the company and received the following reply:

"...We did offer a "vegan meat" called the Garden Blend. Unfortunately, this offering was not nearly as popular as we had hoped, and originally anticipated, and because of this it was generating a great deal of food waste that was not sustainable in our restaurants. Due to this high level of waste we did decide to remove this test item. While I am unaware of any plans to introduce any other meat substitutes at this time, I will be happy to pass your vote of support on to the powers that be for further review and consideration..."

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can now order vegan chicken at Chipotle.

This option is not available at all LA area Chipotle restaurants. In fact, it's only available at two of their stores:

  • 244 South Beverly Dr. - Beverly Hills, CA 90212
  • 121 N. La Cienega Blvd., #114 - Los Angeles, CA 90048 (right by the Beverly Center)

For some vegans, the idea of eating in an omnivore-oriented restaurant is not palatable (pardon the pun) because, by eating at this type of establishment you could be said to be supporting the unnecessary slaughtering of animals for food.  But PeTA is urging you to try the vegan chicken at Chipotle, and we are too.  The more people who ask for vegan fare, the fewer animals who are ultimately slaughtered.  And, if we can get the fast food chains to start carrying vegan fare as part of their standard menu, then omnivores who don't have the slightest idea what "vegan" means might find themselves eating vegan.  Of course, it's "fast food" so there's the whole issue of whether or not it's healthy food, but that's fodder for another post.

If you live in the Beverly Hills area, or if you'll be visiting, I urge you to go to either of these two Chipotles  and order the vegan chicken burrito. This mock-meat burrito features Garden Blend: mock chicken strips marinated in chipotle adobo sauce and then grilled. The burrito also comes with black beans, rice, and toppings.  Bring your friends. Bring your carnivore friends and offer them a taste. Let them see that they can eat well without having to eat meat. The only way that vegan food will become accepted into the mainstream food establishments is if the restaurants feel that enough people are willing to order the product.

So if you live in Los Angeles, or happen to be visiting, make sure to go to either of these two Chipolte restaurants and order the vegan chicken burrito.

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Comments

  1. YUM, and AWESOME! I wish I lived in LA!

  2. They’re in the sacramento area (Roseville) on Pleasant Grove and Fairway Dr. I tried the garden blend and it was fair- not the best vegan chick’n out there. What ticked me, is that I asked them to substitute the cheese and sour cream for guacamole, but they wouldn’t and said it was $1.65 extra. I pleaded to just put the guac on there as a substitute, but they wouldn’t do it without the fee. I probably won’t be going back, because it wasn’t that good and chipotle will stain your underwear.

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  4. I live in the Midwest and unfortunately the Chipotle restaurants in Illinois and Michigan don’t have these vegan options (at least the one’s I have visited). Since most things enlightened in this country begin in the west and move east, at least we can hope for changes like this in the future. Until then, we have to look at other establishments.This is encouraging though.

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  6. colleen morris says:

    the only experience I have with Chipotle was in Cleveland Ohio and I loved it! It was a gem in a city where I thought I’d have to graze on veggies and fruits from the super walmart. i was able to make my own great salad of rice and beans and veggies that was awesome and filling. Love chipotle and wish they would come to meat-centric buffalo new york.

  7. Yay! Thanks for the info. This is really exciting…hopefully they’ll expand to other areas. Chipotle is the only fast food I’ll eat, and it’s already easy to eat vegan there.

    I’m not sure, however, that it’s useful to write about animals being “slaughtered” in a post about a restaurant. I’m vegan, and this rhetoric just turns my stomach. You’re preaching to the choir, and those who are just poking their heads in see something that turns them off veganism. It’s about as effective in changing people’s minds as calling abortion doctors “baby killers” and showing pictures of dead fetuses.

    Again, thanks for the info; maybe I’ll write Chipotle and request they expand this to my area.

  8. veggan foods are always the best for anyones health because it is low fat and low sodium `

  9. Yardhouse has an entire section of their menu with vegan chicken and it is awesome. In Phoenix/Scottsdale area…not sure of other locations.

  10. roseofsharron says:

    wow this is great! i wish that had this in the east coast!

  11. wow, this is great! i wish they had this on the east coast! DC, NYC… I would love to try it.

  12. well, if you really want to be healthy, i believe that veggan foods are the best ,`,

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  14. Just so everyone knows, I watched a worker at Chipotle preparing the rice and it looked like they put butter in the rice. Just an FYI for those who are strict.

  15. I just emailed them to verify -I’ll keep you posted

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  17. Be AWARE. If you order anything from Chipotle with rice it has butter in it. Just like Debbie said, this is not vegan food and if you are in the LA area there are many great vegan restaurants out there. Check out vegetariansinparadise.com for a comprehensive list.

  18. I received a reply from Chipotle and this is what it says:

    Debra,

    Thanks for writing. Our rice does not have butter in it. We cook our rice with soybean oil, and it is completely vegan. I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any further questions. We hope to see you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Ashley

    Ashley Warren | Marketing Consultant

    Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Also, here is the info on their site:
    http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx

  19. @ Brandon – thanks for the tip about the Sacto location, I’ll have to try it sometime. In my experience with ordering vegetarian burritos, they let you substitute guacamole for free since you aren’t having meat, but I could see why they had you pay for it since you also had the fake meat.

    What I’m wondering is, what is Chipotle’s fake meat made out of? I’m assuming soy. I’d also be interested in the fat and sodium content. Fake meat kind of freaks me out so I don’t eat it often, but I love Chipotle so I’d be down to try this.

    I’m also really glad Chipotle takes the time to put specific food information about on their website, like that their pinto beans are cooked with bacon. I wish more restaurants would be more detailed like this. I have been to so many Mexican restaurants who claim their beans are “vegetarian” even though they are cooked with pig fat. I always have to point out that just because they aren’t cooked with MEAT doesn’t make it vegetarian; lard comes from an animal. I just think it’s kind of weird that so many restaurants don’t think about these things.

  20. What you saw them putting in the rice wasnt butter it was lime juice. Just stay away from the pinto beans, unless you like bacon.

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