Consumerist shared a picture announcing the recipe change at one Chipotle location and confirmed with a spokesman that the new beans will get a national rollout.
“We are phasing within a new bacon-less pinto bean recipe throughout the country, ” a Chipotle spokesperson told the website. “In testing some recipes, all of us simply didn’t think the moolah added anything and, by eliminating it, we make the pinto pinto and black beans vegetarian. ”
About two in years past, Chipotle was under fire for failing to bring up the beans’ pork content upon its in-store menu.(Chipotle does disclose on its online menu that the pinto beans are made with pork.)
Seth Porges, who at the time was a senior editor at Maxim and does not eat pork for religious and cultural reasons, was shocked to learn that he unknowingly had consumed bacon over the course of several years prior. Porges complained directly to Chipotle CEO Steve Ells in an email, who apologized and said menus would be changed to reflect that the beans are made with pork.
Chipotle’s pinto bean mixup is the latest of the chain’s posturing toward the meat-free crowd. Early this year, Chipotle announced it was testing a new tofu filling for its burritos called “sofritas.”