Authentically realistic vegan chorizo makes it debut in UK supermarkets

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  14th December 2022

The vegan chorizo was created by plant-based brand Squeaky Bean which already sells meat-free pastrami steaks, chicken and steak strips.

Vegan chorizo will launch in Waitrose stores across the UK later this month.

The plant-based version of the Spanish sausage, which was created by Squeaky Bean, will hit shelves on December 28.

According to the brand, its ‘incredibly authentic looking Spanish chorizo style sausage’ is ‘perfect for meat eaters, meat reducers, flexitarians, vegans and vegetarians alike’.

The product, which can be eaten either hot or cold, is made with fava bean and pea protein, then cured just like dry cured Spanish chorizo sausage.

Squeaky Bean says it is this production process that provides the sausage with its ‘authentic texture and depth of flavour’.

In addition, it boasts an authentic appearance, with a distinct red colour thanks to the spices and seasonings it contains, including chilli, smoked paprika and garlic, which Squeaky bean says also provide it with ‘fullness of flavour’.

The vegan chorizo is made from fava beans and pea protein, then cured just like dry cured Spanish chorizo sausage. Image credit: Squeaky Bean

The vegan chorizo is made from fava beans and pea protein, then cured just like dry cured Spanish chorizo sausage. Image credit: Squeaky Bean

Vegan chorizo

To prepare the sausages, which are high in fibre and a source of vegan protein (16g per 100g), simply pan-fry them in just two to three minutes.

They can be used in a range of dishes including paellas, vegan tacos, pasta, and pizza, as well as chilli, soups, and vegan omelettes.

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Rebecca Youseman, Brand Manager, Squeaky Bean, said: “Our fans told us that they wanted to cook with Squeaky Bean, so we made a chorizo style sausage that’s great as an appetizer on a charcuterie board and even better to cook with.

“A quick and convenient meat swap; try it in pasta or paella for a richness of flavour and texture.”

Squeaky Bean Cooking Chorizo Style Sausage (100g) will be available in Waitrose from December 28 (RRP £3.50).

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Written by

Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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