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Oct 14, 2009

Review: Chipotle - Chicken Burrito

Since I posted yesterday about Chipotle's Free Boo-rito Halloween Promotion yesterday, I thought I'd review the fat foil-wrapped monster today. For roughly about $6 give or take, Chipotle has a rather simple menu where you can choose from an order of tacos (soft or hard), a burrito (regular or fajita style), a burrito bowl, or a salad. The only side is chips with the option of guacamole. Unlike Baja Fresh, chips are not complimentary with your order. They do offer margaritas and beer in additions to the regular soda fountain.

One of their selling points is that their meats are "naturally raised" meaning were humanely raised free of antibiotics and growth hormones and were fed a vegetarian diet.

The Chipotle regular burrito comes in a flour tortilla with cilantro-lime rice, pinto or vegetarian black beans, meat (braised carnitas, barbacoa, adobo grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole (the vegetarian option), salsa, cheese, or sour cream. Barbacoa is slow-cooked meat, in this case, it's beef braised until tender.

I chose to go with the grilled chicken with rice and black beans and roasted chili-corn salsa. Chipotle's roasted chili-corn salsa is super great! It has a nice blend the sour tartness normally associated with salsa with the sweetness of corn and medium heat from chopped chili.
I have to say Chipotle makes a good burrito. The chicken was well-marinated and wasn't dry. All the ingredients have their own distinct flavors and are well blended when wrapped so that each bite gives you a taste of those flavors. Burrito Wrapping is important! I hate when all the ingredients are separated in the burrito and you can't get a good bite.

One note of warning that I've noticed, Chipotle food isn't very hot temperature wise and ends up being just warm when you eat it.


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4 comments :

  1. i always get steak when i go to chipotle

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  2. Haha...I get the corn salsa too. Like the contrast of flavors it provides. Once I got one of the Chipotle burritos that was so large I had to squash it just to eat with a big bite. They even needed to use two pieces of foil to cover it since one piece did not cover it entirely!

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  3. Anon: But don't you ever get curious about the other meats?!

    Eat: Haha! I haven't had that happen yet but they sure are some fat burritos!

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  4. It has been years since a new post! here is a tip on getting a little extra food from Chipotle. When you tell the ppl making your food you want both beans, they are to give you a half portion of each. When you tell them you want just one, you will get a full portion. After you get your full portion of black, just say "hey can i actually get the pinto too?" there yah go. This works for rice too. I know, you can always ask for extra, but it's so much more fun when you think you have cheated the system! If you get a veggie burrito, get the guac on the side and when you get to the counter ask if they have a small bag of chips. The do, the 1oz bag goes with the kids meal. Usually the person at the register will not charge you for the chips bc its so small and there is no button the the comp for it. Now you can have your chips and guac for free! When you get meat, always ask for "just a little more" that way, you get a few more bites of meat but never get charged for a full extra portion. BTW, I used to work here so I know :)

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