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Chipotle is bringing back chorizo

But the return will be for a limited time, “while supplies last.”
Photograph courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill, which added chorizo in 2016 only to remove it from menus the next year, is bringing it back.

But it won’t be back for long.

The Newport Beach, Calif.-based fast-casual chain is bringing back chorizo as one of its protein options for burritos, bowls, tacos and salads at all of its 2,450 locations nationwide for a limited time.

But the company said that supplies are limited.

“Chorizo had a big following in its heyday, and a lot of our customers were disappointed when it was taken off the menu,” CMO Chris Brandt said in a statement. “As part of our overall commitment to menu innovation and delivering the craveable food our customers love, we’re spicing things up and bringing chorizo back to our menu.”

The move comes as the chain is working feverishly to add excitement to its menu. The company reconfigured its queso recipe. It is testing bacon and nachos, and has vowed to improve its testing procedures as it seeks to add products to its menu.

Chorizo was a relatively rare product addition when the company added it in 2016 as it sought to recover from its sales challenges. But the sausage, made with a blend of pork and white meat chicken and seasoned with spices, was removed just a year later as the company sought to improve efficiency as it added queso.

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