I like chorizo, and I really wanted to like this product. In the package, it looked like it might be a delicious treat, but the reality once cooked, was this plant based chorizo was a terrible disappointment to me.
The first chorizo link I prepared with eggs for Huevos Rancheros, or chorizo and scrambled eggs. I cut the chorizo into small bite size pieces, then lightly browned them in olive oil. Once browned I poured my chili lime seasoned eggs into the pan with the chorizo pieces and scrambled them together until the eggs were done. I topped my Huevos Rancheros with habanero hot sauce after I plated it and then sat down to enjoy a tasty Mexican breakfast.
Well, my scrambled eggs were good, but the chorizo I found to be too bland, just lacking in flavor like an unfinished product. The chorizo only kind of tasted like the actual meat product, but it had a less than desirable texture along with a blandness that could not excite the taste buds. Considering the first ingredients are Filtered Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Wheat Protein Isolate, the weird bland texture and and taste should have only been expected.
How about this for a product website disclaimer:
Actual product packaging and materials may contain additional and/or different ingredient, nutritional, or proper usage information than the information displayed on our website.
I tried a second link which I browned and consumed with only an Ole brand Extreme Wellness High Fiber Tortilla. This was a worse decision than the Huevos Rancheros. I actually do enjoy some plant based meat substitutes. Some are pretty damn good, but the simple truth with Simple Truth Chorizo is this product was a complete failure to me, you might like it though.
Filtered Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil, Wheat Protein Isolate, Apple Cider Vinegar, Yeast Extract, Paprika, Spices, Cane Sugar, Onions, Cultured Sugar, Vinegar, Garlic, Garlic Powder, Paprika Extract, Spice Extract.
With the exception of the small amount of cane sugar, I find nothing inherently wrong with the ingredients, but for the fact, they did not come together well enough to create a product that actually tasted good.
At $3.99 for a package of 4 links, this product is nutritionally sound for an inexpensive meal. It is high in protein and low in carbs. However, for a little more money, next time I have chorizo, I am going to go ahead and have an actual real deal, meat product.