As customers ask for whole foods options that are free of junk, more restaurants are stepping up to meet the demand with quality food. Chipotle, one of my favorite places to get a quick bite, is leading the pack here. A couple of months ago, the company announced it would no longer serve foods made with GMOs. Now, the Mexican food chain is testing a new, all-natural tortilla that contains only four ingredients!
Currently, the tortillas are made with a laundry-list of ingredients like flour, water, whole-wheat flour, canola oil, salt, baking soda, wheat bran, fumaric acid, calcium propionate, sorbic acid and sodium metabisulfite. However, Chipotle Co-CEO Steve Ells told Eater that he wants to reduce that number to four.
“We aspire to make artisanal tortillas on an industrial scale” that are “golden brown with a slight nutty taste and a bit of elasticity,” said Ells.
Chipotle’s goal is to create a soft and pliant tortilla that contains no fillers and artificial ingredients, but that can also be produced on a large scale and tastes amazing. The restaurant is partnering with the Bread Lab at Washington State University to create the new tortillas.
The chain plans to supply a small group of restaurants with the new tortillas soon and then expand the supply throughout the United Sates. Let’s hope the company can figure it out and provide minimal-ingredient, delicious tortillas in every state soon! Way to go, Chipotle! Every step counts on the journey to clean and happy eating.
What do you order at Chipotle? Though I enjoy the tofu Sofritas protein option from time to time, my usual order is a bowl or burrito with brown rice, black beans, mild salsa, corn, lettuce, guacamole and a little bit of hot salsa.