Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. is among the most widely known purveyors of Americanized Mexican cuisine in the United States, and it isn’t surprising since it’s also an innovative chain. With its Mission-style burritos and tacos, the chain continues its dominance in the Mexican cuisine casual dining market in the country. Chipotle prices are definitely higher than the average fast food restaurants, but it is comparable to other fast casual restaurants.
We love that Chipotle also allows its customers the choice to customize their food, a choice that isn’t available in many other Mexican cuisine-centric fast-food restaurants. Meat lovers and vegetarians will agree that Chipotle is among the best places to agree about the delicious and nutritious quality of the dishes.
Below are the latest Chipotle menu prices.
Top Menu Items
|Chips & Queso||$3.70|
|Chips & Guacamole||$3.70|
|Large Queso & Large Chips||$5.92|
|Large Chips & Large Guacamole||$5.98|
|Kid's Build Your Own||$5.09|
|Pineapple Orange Banana Juice||$2.81|
|Topo Chico Lime Water||$2.80|
|Pressed Apple Juice||$2.84|
|Honest Half Tea Half Lemonade||$2.89|
|Pomegranate Cherry Juice||$2.81|
|Peach Orange Juice||$2.81|
|Topo Chico Mineral Water||$2.80|
|San Pellegrino Sparkling||$2.76|
|Hubert's Strawberry Lemonade||$3.23|
|Honest Honey Green Tea||$2.89|
|Side of Guacamole||$2.24|
|Side of Queso||$2.24|
|Chips & Fresh Tomato Salsa||$2.06|
|Chips & Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa||$2.06|
|Chips & Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa||$2.06|
|Chips & Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa||$2.06|
On July 13, 1993, Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle restaurant in Denver, Colorado; he used a loan from his father to establish his business. The chain now has more than 2,000 locations in the United States as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The publicly-traded company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange – its ticker symbol is CMG- and its headquarters are currently in Newport Beach, California.
What They’re Famous For
The chain’s name – Chipotle – is actually the Nahuatl name for dried and smoked jalapeno chili pepper, a spicy pepper used in many types of Mexican dishes. Chipotle is known for its distinctive Mission-style burritos and tacos, both of which are derived from authentic Mexican cuisine.
Why Eat Here
Are you craving for Mexican food but you don’t have the time, skills and energy to prepare it? Go to the nearest Chipotle restaurant and you will find plenty of dishes that will more than satisfy your craving and hunger!
Chipotle’s menu is classified into four major items – tacos, burritos, bowls, and salads. Keep in mind the prices for these items aren’t set since the actual price will be computed based on the types of ingredients added – the more fillings or toppings, for example, the higher the price although there are also free optional extra toppings.
The build-your-own ingredients include chicken, pork, steak, barbacoa, and carnitas for the meat lovers. Vegetarians are welcome at Chipotle, too, since there are vegetarian-suitable ingredients like tofu-based sofritas, guacamole, rice, black beans, fajita vegetables like bell peppers and onions, salsa, and cheese. Vegans will also find several items to their liking – all the items except for the meats, sour cream, honey vinaigrette dressing, and cheese are vegan-suitable ingredients.
The flour tortillas used for the soft tacos and burritos have gluten; the rest of the items are gluten-free. Even the pinto beans are vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, too, since the bacon has been removed from their preparation. Even the cheese is suitable for vegetarians because it has been prepared with vegetable-based rennet.
The bottom line: Most people, even those with special dietary needs, will find ingredients or items that will suit their needs in Mexican food at Chipotle! Be sure to tell the staff about your special dietary needs or concerns, which will likely be accommodated. Just remember that Chipotle is a chain of restaurants geared for the general public, not for a specific cohort only.
Yet another great thing about Chipotle is that customers can build their own food without judgment from the staff and other diners. Weird and wacky combinations aren’t unheard of but keep in mind, too, that there’s a reason burritos are, well, burritos – the combination of ingredients has been proven great in terms of flavors and textures.
Chipotle is a chain that takes pride in its strong commitment to healthy food, too, a commitment that manifests in its partnerships with organic farmers and producers. The ingredients used, from the herbs and spices to the meats, vegetables and cheeses, are guaranteed fresh, organic and safe, which translate to more flavor and nutrition.
Another proof of Chipotle’s commitment to freshness is the absence of food preservation appliances in its restaurants. Look around and you will find that there are no refrigerators, food warmers, and microwave ovens, not even can openers. Every ingredient must be prepared as fresh as possible with most of the dishes and desserts prepared in each restaurant; there are exceptions, such as the carnitas and beans prepared in the company’s central kitchen in Chicago, Illinois.
The dishes, whether it’s burritos or tacos, are assembled in an assembly line-style process. You line up at the food stations, choose your ingredients for your burrito, taco, bowl or salad, and pay for your orders at the end of the line. You can watch the staff assemble your food, a process that allows for face-to-face friendly interactions.
The customer service at Chipotle restaurants is also a cut above the rest! The staff members go out of their way to ensure that your food orders are just as you want them to be and the managers are attentive, even proactive, toward the dining needs of the guests.
Chipotle also accepts fax and online orders via their website.
To learn more about Chipotle or to find a location near you, visit their website at chipotle.com.