It may not be the most authentic sources of Mexican cuisine, but there’s no doubt Chipotle is trending in the food world. Much of the restaurant’s popularity is owed to their focus on fresh ingredients, ethically-raised meat and random philanthropic acts that double as stupendous PR moves, such as Denver Chipotle’s recent $100,000 donation to California State Parks. But that’s not all they are known for. Customers are also attracted to Chipotle for a dining style that only recently blazed its way into our food lexicon: fast-casual.

Fast-casual combines the short wait time of fast food with elements of the sit-down restaurant experience, such as quality food and getting waited on, with prices usually somewhere in the middle. Chipotle’s ad-hoc, Subway-like burrito ordering line feels like fast food, while the oceans of freshness and devotion they pour into their food feels like a restaurant.

That said, which of these fresh ingredients do you get on your Chipotle burrito? Having worked at Chipotle, I know that chicken is by far the most popular meat, and hardly anyone skips the cheese and sour cream.* Do you get something other than chicken when you go? Do you ever skip any of the essential ingredients, like meat or cilantro rice? Do you prefer beans or fajita veggies? What kind of salsa? Construct your perfect Chipotle burrito below, and explain why you go for that order in the comments.

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12 Responses

  1. Crysta

    I get the brown rice (can barely taste the difference and it’s more fiber), black beans, fajita veggies, barbacoa, corn salsa, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and lettuce.

    Hubby’s order is similar, just swap in carnitas and leave the lettuce and fajita veggies off.

  2. Crysta

    Oh and we don’t do the burritos… we order the bowls. Less messy and slightly fewer calories.

  3. Eick

    There are few places where I get the EXACT same thing every time. Chipotle is one of them.

    Barbacoa, fajita veggies, white rice, mild & hot salsa, cheese, sour cream, lettuce.


  4. Sam

    Oh Eick I see a typo in your order. See where it says “Barbacoa” there it should say “Carnitas.” Easy mistake.

  5. Smokin'

    Eick – What’s with the mild AND hot salsa? Sam, agree with the carnitas.

  6. Heather

    I get black beans, fajita veggies, grilled veggies, lettuce, red & green salsas, and guacamole on the side. 🙂

  7. Eick

    Hot salsa for the spice/flavor, mild to add the tomatoes. I occasionally contemplate medium too (corn) but usually pass.

    And no, there is nothing better then Barbacoa.

  8. Eick

    Only 52% of people get rice? Really? Also, I always see everyone go for the beans, I had no idea so many people went for the fajita veggies.

    Not surprisingly, chicken is winning the meat vote so far…snooze. Surprising how far steak is behind though. Peeps love their barbacoa and carnitas.

  9. Brandan

    Salad – chicken – black beans – pico de gallo – corn

    and the dressing


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