That’s exactly what Chipotle executives are trying to find out. Yesterday the fast-casual chain rolled out a chicken- and pork-based chorizo sausage (which is easier to source than the recently cut pork carnitas) at 33 of their Kansas City locations. Before the meat is seared and chopped, it’s seasoned with paprika, cumin, garlic and red wine. If they taste as good as they sound and customer response is positive, you can expect to see the burrito, bowl, salad and taco filler nationwide.
Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on how the chorizo stacks up nutritionally to the other protein offerings, but that’s no reason to steer clear—even if you’re trying to lose weight. Just play it safe by pairing the meat with some of Chipotle’s lower-cal ingredients. Salad lovers should top romaine with one scoop of sausage, two scoops of fajita vegetables, one scoop of pinto beans and some tomato salsa. The combo will likely set you back less than 375 calories. If you prefer a bowl or burrito, ask for one scoop of chorizo, one scoop of black beans, two scoops of fajita veggies, tomato salsa and romaine. The same combo made with chicken comes in at the 350-calorie mark, so a chorizo rendition will likely be about the same amount.