Veganuary may be well and truly over, but there are still vegan dishes aplenty to keep that vegan diet afloat. And one of the best places to find them is on Mexican restaurant brand Chiquito’s vegan menu.

We spoke to Executive Chef, Simon Xavier, who creates new menu dishes and improves current ones at Chiquito, to find out more about the vegan Chiquito menu. He told us “I’ve introduced some new vegan ingredients including banana blossom, jackfruit, cassava and the plant-based ingredient taking the culinary world by storm, Oumph!” Sticking to their Mexican flair, think traditional Mexican dishes and flavours like Pibil, Habanero, Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. But vegan, of course.

Want to know more? We’ve put a spotlight on some of the vegan ingredients and vegan dishes cropping up on the Chiquito menu.

The Chiquito vegan menu.

What’s banana blossom?

Frankie & Benny's meatballs

We’ve dropped the two Bs, and unless you’re a dedicated vegan, you’re probably thinking – “What’s banana blossom?”. It’s basically the bud-shaped, aubergine-shaded bit at the bottom of a bunch of bananas. With a neutral flavour, it’s the ideal fish and meat substitute for taking on big flavours like Chiquito’s Mexican flavourings.

The first mainstream restaurant brand to use banana blossom, Chiquito have two delicious dishes on their menu featuring the vegan ingredient – the Banana Blossom Croquette starter and Banana Blossom Burger. Quirky, tasty and 2 for 1 with your tastecard, they’re dishes that should make it into your diet all year round.

Find out more about banana blossom.

Who’s jackfruit?

Frankie & Benny's vegan meatballs

It took the vegan world by storm in 2019 and jackfruit is well and truly here to stay. The prickly fruit is used in a lot of vegan dishes as a meat substitute thanks to its stringy texture that soaks up a lot of flavours. And it makes an appearance in Chiquito’s Pibil Jackfruit and Hot Habanero Torta served with sweet potato fries.

Find out more about jackfruit.

Add a bit of Oumph!

Also making an appearance on the vegan menu, vegan brand “Oumph!” have a range of different products available to buy, like Sticky Smokehouse Oumph! (faux-ribs), Oumph! The Chunk, Pulled Oumph! And The Oumph! Burger. But if you fancy trying them out rather than in your home (we’d recommend), Chiquito feature some of the Oumph! products in their Vegarrito and vegan fajitas. And they’re good.

Chiquito vegan churros.

Frankie & Benny's vegan meatballs

For sweet-toothed vegans, Chiquito have introduced vegan churros with vegan chocolate sauce to their menu too.

What’s cassava?

Similar to potatoes and sweet potatoes, cassava is another vegan favourite making its way onto the menu. A root vegetable that can be fried, roasted, boiled or baked, the ingredient-chameleon cassava is cropping up in all sorts of dishes like cassava bread, cassava fritters, cassava casserole and our personal favourite – cassava fries. The Cassava Fries from Chiquito are loaded with Pibil jackfruit, Pico de Gallo salsa, Violife vegan cheddar-style cheese and spring onions.

The Quick-Five Round.

My favourite quick dish to cook is… Moules Marinière.

One thing I’ll never eat again is… Crickets! Tried them in Mexico – really not my thing.

The best thing I’ve ever eaten is… Old school Bangers ‘n’ Mash.

If I could cook for one person, it would be… Keith Lloyd, one of the original TV chefs.

My favourite Chiquito dish is… Our new Pibil Jackfruit Torta, a great sandwich made with a traditional Mexican Telera bun.

Ben Keggans, Executive Chef at Frankie & Benny's

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