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What's your order at Chipotle?

I always want to branch out from my regular order, but I'm a creature of habit. This is the only fast food chain I go to semi-regularly and I wouldn't mind being inspired to try something different.

My order:
Burrito bowl with white rice, black beans, fajita veggies, chicken/steak half and half mix, mild salsa, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese.

My friend and I get lunch here and split this, and a side of chips and guac. Great quick lunch for under ten bucks.

*waits for a barrage of posts about how much Chipotle sucks*

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  1. Burrito bowl black beans (I always ask for more beans), light on the brown rice, cheese, hot salsa and guac. Lasts for 2+ meals.

    Dang it - now I want Chipotle!

    1. Barbacoa burrito; all meat and hot sauce, no rice/beans/junk. I hate when there's more cheap filler than there is meat. I don't mind paying the price but not for beans and rice.

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      1. re: mucho gordo

        I feel like the filler is the best part.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          I like your style, that's mine as well. They often stare at me oddly with my meat quantity request and the response of "none" to "white or brown rice?" I do enjoy the beans though but always skip the rice. It's usually a feat to manage the burrito without spontaneous explosion of contents.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            Yeah, pinto beans are ok sometimes. The first time I ever ordered all meat the guy put the regular portion of meat on the tortilla, wrapped it up and saw that it looked like there was nothing inside. It was flat. He said he couldn't charge me full price for it and just gave it to me.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              Yeah, since I order so few ingredients in mine, depending on who is working the register, they charge me per item vs the total... usually saves around $2.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                I love that story! I guess because I just load up on multiple quantities of meat it becomes a burrito-sized burrito.

          2. I get the salad with lettuce > either chicken or barbacoa > salsa verde > lots of cheese > guacamole (costs extra) > more lettuce. I use the guacamole + 6 or so lime wedges from the condiments area as the dressing. I do not use their dressing.

            Light, refreshing, and low carb.

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            1. re: shoo bee doo

              I forgot the fajita vegetables just after the lettuce.

            2. I only want a giant burrito when I go to Chipotle and so I rarely go, probably once every 3 or 4 months but it's always a delicious treat. I am a protein junkie so I usually get a burrito with double meat (chicken is good, carnitas great, steak flavored OK but always chewy, hoping to try barbacoa next time), 1/2 pinto and black beans, fajita vegetables, no rice, mixed mild tomato and corn salsa with hot salsa, sour cream and guac on the side. Fingers crossed that the haters might save their energy and not bother posting :)

              1. Well mine isn't real exciting either, but I get a bowl, with brown rice (recently switched over from white), with steak, hot salsa, and cheese. That's it. I mix it all up once I get back to my office after the cheese gets all melty, I rarely eat there. I used to get the same in a tortilla but now I have a much healthier diet and spending 300 calories on a tortilla doesn't work for me :)

                I'm going there today for lunch actually.

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                1. re: juliejulez

                  Wow, your cheese melts. I always want cheese but it never melts so I skip it.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    It depends. Today it did not melt, so I popped it in the microwave when I got back to work for about 20 seconds. It helps when you mix it all in with the meat and rice (hard to do with the burrito). It will melt all on its own if the rice is fresh though. I I got more of the bottom end of the container for rice today, so it wasn't completely hot. I try to go after 1pm because everything seems to be freshly replenished from the lunch rush, but today I got there just before 1 when it was still busy... timing really does matter there.

                2. i swap between a bowl or a burrito (which i usually tear off half the excess tortilla anyway).
                  chicken, little bit brown rice, pinto beans, fajita veggies, ALL the salsas (the corn is my fave though), a little sour cream and guacamole. i usually cover it with the chipotle flavored tabasco sauce and lime (if it's available) as well.
                  if it's a bowl, i usually only eat half and save the other half for another meal.
                  if a burrito, i eat as much as i can as it doesn't hold as well.

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                  1. re: pie22

                    You tear off the overlapping bits like near the ends? I do that too, but if not wondered how it would work to tear off half.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      yeah the overlapping bits i tear off as best as i can...i lose some in the process that i eat with a fork.

                  2. i get a bowl, brown rice, black beans, chicken, pico di gallo, guac.

                    i never thought to leave off the rice, duh! next time I will get it w/o rice. and maybe add some corn salsa :)

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                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      Be careful. The corn and green salsas are hottest.

                      1. re: mucho gordo

                        I thought the red tomatillo was the hottest or at least hotter than the corn?

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          You may be right; I really don't know now. If you check it out, please let me know.

                          1. re: mucho gordo

                            I looked at their website, the corn and green are labelled "medium" the red tomatillo as Hottest.

                            1. re: mucho gordo

                              Yes, the red tomatillo is the hottest (that's the one I get). I don't find the green or corn ones to be hot at all, and my heat-hating mother gets the corn and the mild pico de gallo on her bowl when she goes.

                              1. re: juliejulez

                                WOW! Thanks. I'll have to remember that for next time.

                                1. re: juliejulez

                                  Yea, I don't think they are hot at all either and similar to your mother, my friend who thinks that both paprika and ginger are "really spicy" enjoys the corn and pico

                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                I find the red to be the hottest. I like spicy salsas but it was a bit much. Corn is delicious- lots of flavor with a nice burn.

                                1. re: Hobbert

                                  I agree with the "too much" statement when on the burrito or bowl. I always get it on the side and then drop it on intermittent bites for some extra spice.

                                  1. re: Hobbert

                                    I do ask for a half scoop of it instead of a whole one... the half scoop amount is perfect, at least for me.

                                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                  You're right. The important thing is their meat, the primary ingredient, is really quite good for a place like that.

                                2. Bowl or burrito:

                                  White rice
                                  Pinto beans
                                  Light sour cream

                                  Maybe some fajita veg.

                                  1. Grilled chicken burrito bowl, white rice, black beans (I ask them to let them drain a little), corn, mild, peppers/onions (they go with the frajitas), pico and extra lettuce. Oh and fresh cilantro, which they have to get from the back, (they do and it's free).


                                    1. Veggie Bowl - I am not much of a carnivore and the veggie comes with guac. I will always choose guac over meat.

                                      White rice
                                      pinto beans
                                      LOTS of corn salsa
                                      sour cream

                                      I am addicted to that corn salsa. It is one of my have foods, especially when the jalapeños have a little extra bite.

                                      1. Lettuce with carnitas, salsa roja, peppers, onions, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, no dressing.

                                        1. I'll be returning to chipotle, since the local Qdoba closed.

                                          Chipotle has been great for me since I developed multiple food allergies. I can see what goes into my food, and the ingredients are pretty simple.

                                          I sometimes get the burrito, sometimes the bowl. Always the same things in it though: rice, pintos, chicken, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese. I'm not that picky about reheating, and a burrito or a bowl will usually make three meals for me.

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                                          1. re: jw615

                                            I love Chipotle, but rarely have an opportunity to go there, so I don't have a "regular" order. I did just watch the Supertaster's review of the hidden menu "Quesarrito" (Burrito with with a quesidilla as the wrap) - Ingenious! I would call this the Mexican equivalent of stuffed crust pizza, and I can't wait to try it (I'm not a calorie counter like a lot of the posters here, although I probably should be ...)

                                            1. re: MrBigTime

                                              I read the same article and was delighted to try the Quesarrito. My least favorite part is the fact that the cheese doesn't melt so I thought this would be perfect. I've attempted to order it at least 3 times and each time meet stares from the employee who has no clue what I'm talking about even after I explain so I've yet to try it.

                                          2. For me, the bowl with rice, black beans, sour cream, cheese and the hot (red) salsa. Depending on my mood I either go veggie with guac, or chicken or barbacoa.

                                            1. Chipotle doesn't suck, as long as you avoid their terrible tortillas. A burrito tortilla has to be griddled and the cheese melted on the inside or it's a complete waste of time. Stick with the bowls and anything they pile into there will taste good.

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                                              1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                I'll put in an alternate opinion for the tortillas. I do find them to be quite gummy and as someone mentioned above I will peel off the overlapping bits, but the wrap is necessary for my fix of a gigantic burrito since I don't go very often. But yes, I agree it would greatly improve if they would do more than simply heat the tortilla.

                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                  Yeah I can understand needing the fix, but the first time I had a griddled burrito from a real taqueria I was hit by a regretful flashback of every soggy Chipotle tortilla I ever ate. Even Taco Bell's grilled burrito tortilla is better.

                                                  1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                    I need to get myself to a real taqueria :) Traditional burritos are few and far between where I live but I have heard of a few places which are quite good.

                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                      Um yes you do! I grew up in central CA so there was always an abundance of taquerias. But, I don't try to compare Chipotle to that style of mexican food at all.

                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                        Yea, I imagine once I have had my first authentic taqueria experience that I will still see them in different categories just as I do with many fast-food take out places...good in their own right with no need to compare to what's authentic.

                                              2. I am of the opinion that Chipotle is good if you've never, never, never, NEVER EVER eaten Mexican food.

                                                Well, if you've never eaten Mexican food prepared by anyone who knows what Mexican food actually is and cares to make it well. If Taco Bell represents the only other "Mexican" food you have ever eaten, and it's the only other choice within 100 miles.

                                                Chipotle serves the gloppy, oversalted, underflavored "calorie delivery device" brand of fast food that America is addicted to, with a vague Mexican veneer giving it an ethnic sheen. The gummy tortillas are just a symptom of the dissonance between the slop they offer and the riches of the better Mexican restaurants in the US.

                                                How can you eat those chips? They put so much salt on them my lips burn at the corners after choking down two. And I LOVE chips and salsa (don't get me started on the insipid salsas and that green atrocity they claim is "guacamole").

                                                If I absolutely must have Chipotle food for lunch-- or starve--, I'd go with the black beans and rice. Period. They're not good, but they won't insult my intelligence.

                                                And then I plan to have dinner at any good Mexican place near my house to wash the mediocrity off my tongue.

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                                                1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                                                  Olyolyy, so begins the barrage of posts...

                                                  1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                                                    I grew up eating wonderful, authentic mexican food in Central CA. In fact, the town we lived in when I was young, was over 80% hispanic, so mexican food was really the only option other than the McDonald's in the next town over. The town we moved to after that is over 50% hispanic. So, I know good mexican food. I also know that good, authentic mexican food is not available to most of the US population. So the option of going down the street to the "real" mexican food place is not really an option for many. I'm guessing you're in CA, based on your username, so maybe you're not aware that real mexican food is out of reach for most.

                                                    BUT, one thing I would NEVER do, is compare Chipotle to real, authentic Mexican food, and I don't think anybody else should do that either. I love Chipotle, just like I love authentic, real Mexican food. But they are NOT the same and I don't think anybody should be comparing them. They just take the basic flavor profiles of SOME mexican food, and translate it into a fast casual concept. That's it. It's like the people that complain that Pei Wei/Tokyo Joe's is not "authentic". Of course it's not, they're not trying to be. Stop comparing them.

                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                      Or Olive Garden is not traditional Italian or even your local deli, well no and I don't even consider them to be the same but doesn't mean you can't like them both.

                                                    2. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                                                      You should try the chips with the corn salsa, so good.

                                                      1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

                                                        Yes, there is mediocrity everywhere. Even in your post you always qualify with "anyone who...cares to make it well", "better Mexican restaurants", and "good Mexican place"

                                                        I've had plenty of mediocrity at authentic places both in California and in Mexico.

                                                        1. I'm with the people who go the bowl route - but I ask to have lettuce on the bottom and then a little rice, because I find the lettuce on the top to not work as well.

                                                          My major difference from everyone else is that I always get the mild salsa, corn, and tomatilla salsa. I don't find either of them terrible spicy, but find that all together I prefer the taste.

                                                          1. burrito bowl with black beans, brown rice, and all of the toppings, hahahaa. Because I don't eat meat, and I hate their fajita veggies (I despise, with a volcanically raging passion, green peppers). I order with a side of tortilla chips and alternate eating it with a fork and eating it as a dip on my chips! Works great for me. :)

                                                            1. Tried it, didn't like it, I'd go to the Chinese AYCE buffet next door before i go there. I live in awesome carne asado taco territory and will not going to Chipotle just because I like to go local when I can, and I'm in carne asado taco heaven here, so- there ya go.

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                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                What was your order if you remember when you tried it?

                                                                1. re: olyolyy

                                                                  Well, I had the carne asado salad with black beans. The first one was a big step up from the offerings at work, but I realized it wasn't as good the second time. The third time I realized that I was not paying proper tribute to living in the Sonoran desert's culinary offerings. In other words, it wasn't that great to me.

                                                                2. re: EWSflash

                                                                  I'd go to the AYCE and then Chipotle :) I am eager for a trip to the southwest to get a taste of local Mexican food.

                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                    When you do, don't go to either one!

                                                                3. I have a few orders I love- but this is my recent order habit:

                                                                  No rice
                                                                  Extra Pinto Beans
                                                                  Extra Fajita Veggies
                                                                  Tomato, Corn, tomatillo salsas
                                                                  Sour Cream on the side
                                                                  Extra Cilantro (this isn't on the main line but they will do it for you)

                                                                  I used to get basically this same thing but with a mix of white and brown rice and a tortilla on the side- this would end up being TWO very filling meals for me. The current version is an attempt to cut down on the carbs.

                                                                  I love that Chipotle doesn't nickle and dime you for all the extras. Say what you will, but in the scheme of lunch options, Chipotle is a fresh and filling option and a great value.

                                                                  1. The few times I eat there, it's a vegetarian burrito without rice, and lots of chipotle tabasco. If I was in the SW or California, I'd never eat there. Oh well.

                                                                    1. I ate at a Chipotle for the first time ever today. I was drawn in by their tofu sofritas, a new menu item they were testing at select locations (http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/html/so...). I got the sofritas burrito with brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, medium-hot salsa, a bit of cheese, guac, and lettuce. That's a lot of stuff to stuff into a tortilla, but still, the Chipotle burritos are gargantuan. The foil on mine didn't even wrap all the way around.

                                                                      Unfortunately the burrito was basically cold. The only item in the mix that was truly heated was the tortilla, which quickly cooled to nothing once in contact with the cool and outright cold items (like the guacamole). It was a pile of comfort for 9 bucks, and the fajita veggies were very pleasantly crunchy, and the tofu sofritas had a bit of bite from the chile peppers, but as a whole it was entirely unimpressive and I don't think I'll return to Chipotle.

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                                                                      1. re: DeborahL

                                                                        Yea, they don't do temperature well which is why I usually go for the bowl so I can reheat it and usually skip the cheese which never melts. I think the addition of tofu would definitely draw in some more customers, I'll be interested to see if this goes nationwide.

                                                                        1. re: DeborahL

                                                                          Jealous. Why is it always california that gets to try out this sort of thing? I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience, though.

                                                                          (I'd just KILL to be able to get a tofu burrito at Chipotle--it's so close to where I work and relatively fresh and healthy!)

                                                                          1. re: IndyGirl

                                                                            It's true that we're spoiled with choices here sometimes, and I should keep that in mind IndyGirl. Though I didn't love my Chipotle experience, it also wasn't horrible. And it was WAY better than standard fast food. So in that light, yeah, I'd probably go there again. Or, like fldhkybnva, get my food to go and reheat it at home.

                                                                            1. re: DeborahL

                                                                              oh, no problem Deborah! I just don't have ANY options near where I work that serve tofu, other than sushi. And I live in a really nice, upscale area--we have Whole Foods and Trader Joes and even a farmers' market. I actually think the tofu option would do well here, and wish that sometimes they'd test things in other markets!

                                                                          2. re: DeborahL

                                                                            that tofu sounds pretty good, i hope it does well and comes to the east coast!

                                                                            1. re: DeborahL

                                                                              the sofritas are really good, nice spice and texture. i have been getting them a lot lately, i also usually do half sofritas, half chicken.

                                                                            2. I rarely go to Chipotle since they started posting the calories on the wall, and I realized what I got was an entire days worth...But if I were going, this is what I get (it's always the same thing)
                                                                              Veggie bowl w/ white rice, black beans and extra veggie mix
                                                                              pico de gallo and corn salsa
                                                                              extra cheese, extra guac and extra sour cream
                                                                              a side of the small tortillas to make little soft tacos
                                                                              a bag of chips to scoop up the rest

                                                                              You now see why I can't go too often...:)

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                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                Did you really think that, with the extra cheese, guac, and sour cream, plus the chips and extra tortillas was all that healthy? Geeze... :)

                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                  I NEVER thought it was healthy, but when I couldn't see the calorie count I just chose not to think about it at all! :)

                                                                              2. Salad with steak and black beans. Cheese, corn salsa, pico de gallo and salsa verde. Guac if I'm feeling indulgent. Dressing on the side (I dip my fork in).

                                                                                1. Burrito bowl with brown rice, fajita veggies, barbacoa, mild salsa, medium corn salsa, sour cream, guac, and cheese. Yumm.

                                                                                  1. Chipotle is an hour away, so we go for Moe's, 10 minutes from home. My order is 2 Funkmeisters, one beef, one chicken, topped with lettuce, cheese, pico, fresh jalapeño and cilantro. Hubs is a Billy Barou, chicken, shredded cheese, pico, olives, fresh jalapeño and cilantro. Bonus, they give him a pint container of white cheese sauce, because it's standard on nachos.

                                                                                    Oh, but you were asking about Chipotle, so don't give a hoot what we get at Moe's. As the late Miss Emily Litella would say, "Never mind."

                                                                                    1. Last night I tried the salad option for the 1st time: black beans, pico de gallo, corn salsa, steak, and guacamole. As far as it being healthy? In a blink of an eye I can think of gazillion things that would be so much worse and I'm not a glutton by any means.

                                                                                      1. I get either a burrito or a bowl
                                                                                        Inside I get white rice, chicken, black beans, mild salsa, corn salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and cheese.
                                                                                        I usually only eat half and take the rest home bc it's HUGE!

                                                                                        1. Steak burrito, white rice, no beans, hot salsa and pico de gallo, cheese and sour cream. Regular drink for iced tea; which is remarkably good.

                                                                                          1. I get the crispy corn tacos, usually with pork although sometimes beef, black or pinto beans, and onion/green pepper. Cheese too. With lots of lettuce. their hotter salsa. It's a decent fast meal, and a lot of food. I usually have a lot of leftovers which I have for breakfast fried with an egg - chipotle chilaquiles I guess.