Review: Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan

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Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan
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Is Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan any good?

Yes! Provided you’re a fan of seitan’s flavor and texture to begin with, this is a gentle twist on the popular meat substitute. The chorizo flavoring is quite mild, so you might want to add a little more seasoning based on your own preferences.

Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan offers a fun twist for those who love this meat free substitute. The seitan is flavored with guajillio, cider vinegar garlic, oregano, and cumin – but only mildly so. This means you might want to amp up the pre-packaged flavors with your own particular spice mix, seasoning or hot sauce – I know I did personally. That’s not to say the flavors lacking per se, but I like a little more fire and flavor to shine through the natural seitan taste which can be strong.

Beyond that this is a pretty routine seitan product. Like all Upton’s products it’s beautifully packaged, so might help first timers make the leap to trying this particular meat substitute; if that happens to be you here’s a quick cheat sheet: seitan has been around for hundreds of years in Eastern cuisines. It’s essentially wheat gluten, and has a strong taste therein. Nothing unpleasant, but maybe an acquired taste for some.

Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan package front
Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan package front

Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan – what’s in the box

Inside the pretty packaging the seitan comes vacuum sealed in one plastic bag. That means once you open this chorizo seitan you’ll need to cook it up there or then, or within a few days. The packaging says the product is fine for five days after opening. Nutritionally this is much of a muchness – its seitan – which is largely quite healthy.

Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan what's in the box
Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan what’s in the box

Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan cooking instructions and nutrition

To cook this seitan you’re simply reheating the product in truth. You can either bake or pan fry, and if you choose the latter it takes only a minute or two to cook up. Be careful not to overcook though, as the seitan can toughen up quickly.

Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan package rear
Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan package rear

Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan

Once you open the packet and throw your chorizo seitan into the pan, you can begin to break it down a little. Without getting out a sharp knife though, you’ll probably not go much further than small bite sized pieces. If you’re looking for a ground meat consistency, I’d look elsewhere. My own favorite is MorningStar Farm’s Crumblers.

I chose to cook these for tacos with with a side of skillet fajita veggies, street taco tortilla, pico de gallo and guacamole.

Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan Mexicna plate
Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan Mexican plate
Upton's Naturals Chorizo Seitan close up cooked
Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan close up cooked

Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan – what’s a fair price?

The best price I have seen to date is $3.79 at my local Natural Grocers. This is a decent price, you’ll get two to three servings out of the packet. Depending on the price, I’d happily buy this seitan over and over.

Other Upton’s Naturals products

Upton’s Naturals Seitan Bacon
Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan
Upton’s Naturals Traditional Seitan
Upton’s Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit

Hi I’m Stuart., amateur home cook and professional food writer.  You can find my writing at places like The Salt Lake Tribune and Gastronomic SLC, which I founded more than a decade ago.  As well as writing extensively about restaurants, I’m endlessly curious about that product on the shelf. Is it any good I wonder? If you’re like me, wonder no more.

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