UK’s largest Mexican restaurant chain launches its exciting new vegan menu – taking vegan to the Mex-Level!
Chiquito’s new vegan menu has been carefully researched and designed to reflect consumer trends, bringing exciting new vegan versions on their classic Fajitas, Tacos, Burritos and Burgers.
The vegan menu is launched at the same time as a brand refresh which focuses on bringing fun back to food in line with Chiquito’s belief that life always needs a little salsa!
The Chiquito team believe that Mexican food naturally lends itself to vegan cuisine and have used exotic proteins from around the world to deliver the exciting, ground-breaking and innovative menu for their summer menu launch.
The chefs have carefully selected new ingredients including jackfruit, banana blossom, palm hearts and soya protein Oumph to create their fiesta of taste-exploding vegan foods.
The menu contains four vegan starters, five main courses with side dishes, three vegan desserts and even a vegan drinks list including beer, cocktails and wine.
Chiquito Managing Director Angelo Gabrilatsou said: “We are particularly proud of our new vegan menu. It stays true to our core objectives by driving innovation, accessibility and fun. Having guest choice at the heart and understanding growing trends, this menu allows Chiquito to be more accessible to guests that seek vegan options.”
He continued “We are incredibly excited about this menu and firmly believe it puts us at the forefront of vegan dining in the UK. As Always, innovating and delivering the best in Mexican cuisine is at the heart of everything we do.”
Our Review of the Menu
We at Vegan Food UK were very lucky to be invited to Chiquito’s to try out their brand new vegan menu. Here’s what we thought.
For those who don’t know, Chiquito’s is a Mexican food chain restaurant with over 80 branches across the UK. And up until now they have just had meals that can be made vegan by subbing non-vegan ingredients from the main menu.
What you will find with this new menu and style of food is plenty of spice, flavours, textures using a range of vegetables and plant proteins. We were particularly pleased to see banana blossom on the menu in a new format that has not been done at any other chain restaurants in the UK.
Chiquito’s have carefully selected Violife and Oatly as their dairy-free cheeses and creams of choice, respectively. The cheese melts and the creams really do the job of cooling the pallette.
What we were most impressed with at Chiquito’s however, was that although they do have vegan meats, cheese and chocolate on the menu, the majority of the ingredients are wholefoods. Showcasing exotic fruits such as banana blossom, jackfruit and palm hearts, eventuating into a real taste experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.
There is obviously a lot to choose from on the menu and we didn’t want to miss out on anything…so we tried the lot! We honestly feel sorry for anyone who has to select just one or two dishes, as it’s just too difficult.
We didn’t try anything we didn’t like, but below is a list of our absolute favourites off the menu:
Cassava Fries – could easily be a main dish! Cassava is a root vegetable that we have eaten a few select times in our life in different countries around the world – and this meal definitely did not disappoint. The cassava fries are crunchy and filling, stacked high with jackfruit, salsa and melted vegan cheese. Probably our favourite thing off the menu.
Banana Blossom Burger – it’s a showstopper! What can we say, it’s crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle with strands of banana blossom flesh to give it a fragility and exoticness that you won’t find in any other restaurant. The whole thing works really well with a spicy undertone in a pretty stacked burger alongside some cassave fries and dipping nacho-y type sauce.
Vegan Fiesta Fajita – this is one of those dishes where you won’t believe it’s vegan. The development team at Chiquito’s have chosen Oumph! chicken pieces to replicate this famous Mexican dish, and we believe it was a really smart decision to do so. The fajita is chunky, spicy, tangy and extremely satisfying.
Churros and Chocolate Lava Cake – Ok, apologies for banding together two desserts here, but they were both just so good and it was very hard to pick a favourite. The churros are traditionally vegan but come with a delicious chocolate sauce. And the lava cake does exactly what you hope it would do: breaks open and spills gooey, hot chocolate sauce everywhere. Perfect with the smooth dairy-free ice cream that it comes with.
The Full Vegan Menu
Vegan Nachos (£6.49) – Loaded with guacamole, Pico de Gallo salsa, Violife vegan cheddar-style cheese and Oatly creamy oat fraiche.
Banana Blossom Croquette (£7.19) – Flakey, flavour-filled croquettes served with Oatly creamy oat fraiche and side salad
Sweet Potato Skins (£5.89) – Sweet potato skins topped with five bean chilli, Violife Cheddar-style cheese, Pico de Galla salsa, guacamole and Oatly creamy oat fraiche.
Cassava Fries (£6.49) – Fried Cassava root, cut into thick chips and loaded with jackfruit (South Western, Indian fruit tree) chilli, Pico de Gallo salsa, and Violife vegan cheddar style cheese.
Vegaritto (£11.69) – Salty smokey Oumph (plant based product made from beans), black beans, jalapeño slaw, rice and greens wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Served with a side salad, tortilla chips and a side of Oatly creamy oat fraiche.
Jackfruit Baja Tacos (£5.99) – Jackfruit chilli filled tacos topped with Violife vegan cheddar-style cheese, guacamole and Pico de Gallo Salsa.
Banana Blossum Burger (£14.49) – Flakey, flavour-filled banana blossum (tear shaped flowers at the end of banana bunches) patty topped with jalapeño slaw, greens and Violife vegan cream cheese alternative in a sourdough bun. Served with a side of cassava fries.
Palm Heart Baja Bowl (£13.99) – Palm Hearts (palm tree vegetable), pulses, black beans, greens and rice topped with jalapeño slaw. Served in a pull apart spinach tortilla bowl.
Vegan Fiesta Fajita (£12.99) – All of the favourite flavours from Chiquito’s classic fajitas filled with smokey salty oumph. Served with Violife vegan cheddar-style cheese and Oatly creamy oat fraiche.
(Sides – Rice (£2.99), Citrus Salad (£2.99), Sweet Potato Fries (£3.99), Skin on Fries (£3.49).
Ice Cream And Sorbet (£2.19 one scoop, trio £4.49) – Passion fruit sorbet or coconut ice cream
Churros With Chocolate Sauce (£4.99) – Our favourite churros served with a vegan chocolate sauce.
Chocolate Coconut Lava Cake (£5.99) – Served warm with a melting top and choice of coconut ice cream or passion fruit sorbet.