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This One Chipotle Trick Will Make Your Burrito 10 Times Better

This One Chipotle Trick Will Make Your Burrito 10 Times Better

There’s an add-on in the back, and they’ll let you have it for free


Chipotle still has a couple tricks up its sleeve.

More “hacks” have been devised for Chipotle than just about any chain. You can order an off-menu quesadilla, turn it into a double-secret “quesarito,” and double up on meat just by asking for it. But did you know that there’s one trick that will bring the flavor level of any menu item up about five notches, and you can get it for free?

That’s right: it’s cilantro. And while it’s not up front with all of the other ingredients, every location has a secret stash of chopped cilantro in the back that’s intended to be mixed into the rice.

Ask whoever is making your burrito to add some extra cilantro and they’ll grab a small cup, head into the back, and return with a heaping portion of cilantro to add to your order — absolutely free.

If you're tempted to run out during the lunchtime rush and try this for yourself, you might want to hold off until it's less crowded, however. Because the employee has to leave the line in order to get your cilantro, it’s advised that you don’t make this special request when the restaurant is extremely busy, because Chipotle at lunchtime is stressful enough as it is.

But if it’s not too busy, he or she will be more than happy to accommodate your request, and you’ll be rewarded with lots of fresh cilantro — making your burrito taste better than ever before.

Don't Eat At Chipotle Until You Read This

It's hard to imagine life before Chipotle. Did burritos even exist? (They did.) Perhaps one of the most notable success stories of the fast-casual movement that's swept the nation, Chipotle has been rolling out the goodness (brace yourself, there are an excessive amount of puns up for grabs when you're talking about Chipotle) since 1993. It all started in Denver, Colorado but has since expanded to have restaurants in 47 states — our deepest condolences to Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota.

The company prides itself on working with local farms and always serving food made with fresh ingredients, and no additives or preservatives. If you haven't eaten there, there's a lot of intel about the ins and outs of making the most of your experience. If you are currently a loyal Chipotle enthusiast, there's a chance you don't even know all the insider secrets. So we've happily broken down everything you need to know before your next Chipotle visit. Don't eat at Chipotle until you read this.

Gather your ingredients

Here's what you need to make your own perfect Chipotle chicken: chicken thighs, rice bran oil (or olive oil), cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, distilled vinegar, and chipotle chili. You're going to need plenty of other ingredients to build the full burrito, but let's get to the chicken first. You'll get the full list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions at the end of this article.

27 Genius Ways to Hack Chipotle's Menu

It’s been a rough year for Chipotle. After norovirus scares and E.Coli outbreaks it seems they can’t catch a break. Right now Chipotle is in a place where they are trying to win back customers and with offers like Free Burrito Day, it’s hard not to bite.

If you’re a hardcore Chipotle lover like me then you’ve probably enjoyed the short lines the past few months, but all good things must come to an end. As more customers are returning back to the burrito Mecca it is time we all make sure we are doing Chipotle the right way. Here are some of the top hacks to make sure you are getting the most out of your Chipotle experience with every visit.

For When You Want More For Your Money

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At this point we all know guac ain’t free. When you add up double meat, guac, chips, salsa, and a drink your order is easily in the double digits. Now is the time to stop overpaying. Did you know if you follow 6 simple tricks you can get 86% more burrito for you buck? Yeah guys your life is about to change.

Bowl it up

If you’re not getting your burrito in a bowl you are missing out on so much extra meat and rice. Order your burrito in a bowl but ask for a tortilla on the side. Not only is it free but now you can make a regular burrito out of your leftovers.

Double wrap

Double wrapping is an ultra-effective technique. You don’t want all your precious guac spilling out of the sides of a cracked burrito, do you? We didn’t think so. Ask for two tortillas and trust that your burrito will be kept safely reinforced.

Double that rice

When your server asks if you want white or brown rice, ask for both. You’ll get both for no extra charge and it almost doubles your portion. Mo’ rice, mo’ meals.

Order both beans

Don’t just stop with the rice, order both types of beans too. Your burrito is going to look pretty hefty at this point but if you took our double wrap advice to heart then you’ll be just fine.

Half and half the meats

Sadly you will be charged for the more expensive of the meats, but if you ask for half and half you’ll wind up with more meat in the first place.

#SpoonTip: If you’re a vegetarian, skip the meat and you get guac for free.

Don’t skimp on the veggies

Why do people forget that fajita veggies and corn salsa are free? Maybe it’s because the guac is too distracting but don’t skimp on these treats. Not only are they delicious but they help raise your burrito to max capacity status.

On the side

You know you can order meat and guac on the side, right? There’s also a good chance that you’ll get more if you order it on the side and more is always better at Chipotle.

Gift Cards

If you buy a $30 gift card, you get a burrito for free. So whether you buy the card for a friend or just to treat yourself you’ll end up with a free burrito.

For When You Want Something New

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Okay so these tricks may not be that secret considering you’re reading about them, but they definitely aren’t advertised on the menu. Try one of these lesser-known delicacies and you may never go back to regular burritos again.


First things first, ask for a burrito bowl. Then when the server asks what rice ask for tortilla chips. It’s simple and delicious.


Somedays burritos are just too much, we get it. Well good news, the quesadilla isn’t just for kids anymore. Ask for one and they will in fact make it for you.


What the heck is that? It’s essentially a half-filled burrito that’s wrapped in foil and pressed on the grill.

#SpoonTip: Don’t ask for this during rush hour, but order it at any other time and you should be fine.


Take everything you know about a normal burrito and throw it out the window. The Quesoritto is a game changer. It’s your regular burrito, but wrapped in a quesadilla. So filling, but oh so good.

Vinaigrette Dressing

This isn’t really a secret item, but too many people don’t realize it’s available. They keep it in the fridge so make sure you order it right before you check out. It’s free and it will elevate your burrito bowl game to an entirely new level.

For When You Want to be Healthy

The post-Chipotle food baby is a real thing, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s hard to not fill up your burrito with all the free toppings but sometimes you just have to learn to say no.

Ditch the tortilla

As a burrito lover myself, writing those three words was painful. But at the end of the day the tiny flour tortilla alone is 300 calories. Ditch those calories and sub the tortilla for a burrito bowl. Your body will thank you.

#SpoonTip: If you do go for a tortilla ask for the gluten free ones.

Tofu isn’t always better

Surprisingly enough the best meats for you at Chipotle are chicken and steak. The sofritas have the highest amount of sugar, carbs, and sodium. It’s awful, but it’s the truth.

Brown vs. White rice

Sorry white rice lovers, brown rice is healthier for you. Realistically you should skip the rice all together, but what’s the fun in that?

Black vs. Pinto beans

Good news black bean lovers, these are way better for you than pinto beans. Fill your bowl up with these black beauties and you won’t regret it.

Say bye-bye to sour cream

This one is heartbreaking for me, but sour cream is so not the move if you’re trying to stick to a diet. Luckily guac is still okay, so you don’t have to cry too much over losing sour cream.

Get the chip off your shoulder

By no means should you be ordering tortilla chips if you are trying to eat healthy. It’s a bummer, but your stomach and your wallet will thank you.

For When You’re Lazy

The only bad thing about Chipotle is the whole getting out of bed and putting pants on part. Sometimes it’s just too much. That’s why delivery services are around.


If you live in one of the 19 cities Favor operates in then you can get Chipotle delivered right to your doorstep. Forget to ask for salad dressing for your burrito bowl? No problem. Just text your Favor runner and they’ll swing back and pick it up for you.


Don’t have Favor in your city? Try Postmates. The delivery fee might make your $8 burrito cost closer to $20, but at least you didn’t have to put on pants.


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For When You’re Broke

As much as I love Chipotle, my wallet doesn’t. If you are semi-functional in a kitchen then fear not. Check out these recipes so you can make your own burritos at home.

Sofritas Bowl

This super quick and relatively painless recipe is perfect for when you want sofritas, but don’t want human interaction.


Last year Chipotle released their official recipe for guac and it’s honestly not that hard to make. If you have 5 minutes and a few avocados to spare definitely check it out.

Carne Asada Mexican Fried Rice

If you’re ever stuck wondering what to do with your leftover burrito, this is the recipe for you. Plus, it makes a couple servings so you can stretch your money even more.

Copy Cat Chipotle Burrito

This recipe may require a little more proficiency in the kitchen but it’s well worth the effort.

Mason Jar Chipotle Bowl

Perfect for taking to school or work, this super simple mason jar recipe will be your new lunch favorite.

You Can Make Your Own Burrito

If Chipotle's baby-sized burritos aren't enough to keep you satisfied, you might want to make your own. Employees say that ordering a burrito bowl and a side of tortillas, which you can often get for free, will give enough food for multiple meals. "THIS is Chipotle's big secret. Bowl + tortilla has like twice the food of a burrito, and costs the same," says one employee. Grab a healthier fast food meal by memorizing The Healthiest Dish to Order at 20 Fast Food Chains!

15 Employees Reveal What Goes On Behind The Scenes At Chipotle

Chipotle, unfortunately, often makes news for more negative reasons than positive ones. Over the last few years, it has not been uncommon to read about outbreaks of food poisoning or norovirus linked to Chipotle stores, which isn’t exactly what you want to hear about the place you buy food from often. Just recently, a customer complained that his tooth broke on a Chipotle burrito after finding a nail head inside of it.


Still, through all of the bad reports, the fast food restaurant is known for their irresistible food (that guacamole! The burritos! The chips!) and huge portions.

But haven’t you ever wondered about the Chipotle secrets that happen behind the scenes?

Because Chipotle is so popular, many people do think about exactly that: for example, what do Chipotle employees really think about the place? As it turns out, they have a lot to say, and that only benefits us. Over on Reddit, users who claim to be employees or former employees have dished on Chipotle secrets, from ways to make your food even better and how to save money to some tips that could help you stay safe when eating there.

Check out the confessions below, and sorry in advance for making you hungry!

1. If you want free stuff, go online.

Who hasn’t been in search of free Chipotle from time to time?

If you want some, user Mr_Harvey_Specter says, “The most valuable piece of information I can give you, complain on the internet. Don’t complain about the employees’ attitude or something, unless they actually were rude. But maybe the quality of your meat, or the ready-ness of the tortilla. Basically, as soon as you indicate something went wrong during your Chipotle experience, they send you hella free burrito coupons.”

2. One of the most disgusting things to order is lettuce.

If you’re worried about food safety, then you may want to avoid adding lettuce to anything you order.

User Mr_Harvey_Specter said that the lettuce is the grossest thing people order, explaining, “Washing the lettuce takes forever, and those in the back are on super strict time tables. Sometimes, read: 95% of the time, they don’t wash it thoroughly. Not only is it dirty and grimey as all hell, but we used to find bugs in it all the time. Both alive and dead. Just. Don’t get the lettuce.”

3. Employees absolutely hate it when you order a Quesoritto.

The number one secret menu item at Chipotle is a Quesoritto, which is basically a burrito wrapped in a cheese quesadilla instead of a plain tortilla.

A deleted user called the process “hell” and explained, “They bog down the line in an already faulty system. Quesorritos require a relatively large amount of time to prepare. Ordering one during a rush takes a worker away from the line that could be utilized elsewhere. As [a] ‘tortilla’ AKA line person, it infuriated me when people ordered [them] during a rush where the line went out the door. The optimal time to order them would be during non-peak hours.”

4. There’s also a sneaky way to get more meat without paying for it.

Chipotle already gives so much food that it’s hard to think someone would want more, but if you want extra meat, user omglolz says to, “Ask for some extra black beans after they scoop the first scoop in. They’ll gladly give you more beans and then when they go to put the steak on it, since there are so many beans, they end up piling on the steak so that it doesn’t look like they skimped on that.”

5. You can get more food for your dollar if you order a burrito bowl.

All employees seem to agree on one thing: a burrito bowl has more food than a burrito.

So if you need even more food than what comes in a burrito, user cremefraiche9 suggests ordering a burrito bowl with a few soft tortillas or hard taco shells on the side. They said, “Getting the bowl gets you more food. You can also ask for extra rice or beans at no charge, which makes the meal even larger. If you go halfsies on the meats and combine steak and chicken or whatever you want, it usually ends up being more meat than if you just got one. I personally don’t get guacamole, but I have heard that if you order it on the side you get more than if they just plop it on top of your bowl.”

6. Employees have made up some great ways to make the food taste even better.

If you want to improve your experience even more, take advice from the employees.

User samson82 recommends mixing the sour cream with red or green salsa, squeezing some lemons on your burrito bowl (they said, “Just trust me on this one”), and getting Barq’s without ice. They also suggest mixing a quarter iced with a quarter lemonade and a half a glass of Sprite.

7. There is a secret ingredient in the rice.

Chipotle is known for so many delicious menu items (basically everything, to be honest), and one is the cilantro lime rice, which always hits the spot. If you’ve ever wondered what makes it so good, user BridgetteBane says, “It’s 50/50 lemon and lime juice in the rice.”

8. Nothing is really healthy.

If you were going into Chipotle with the intention of being healthy, you should walk right out the door.

A now-deleted user says, “I work at Chipotle, and nothing is really gross safety-wise, but there are 300 calories in a tortilla ALONE. That, plus all the calories in everything else, you could easily have a burrito with 1500 calories or more.” They added that there’s a ton of sodium in everything, saying, “Pretty much the only purely healthy thing there is the brown rice.”

9. There’s a legit reason why the guacamole is so expensive.

A lot of people complain about the price of the guac at Chipotle, but as it turns out, there’s a reason it’s that price.

User CosmicBoogie says it’s because they use Hass avocados. They added, “It is made from scratch, which takes 45 minutes to an hour per batch.” At least you know you’re getting a quality item!

10. There’s a specific way to copy their guacamole at home.

It’s a well-known fact that Chipotle has some of the best-tasting guac ever.

If you’ve ever wondered how they do that, user mrminty, who claims to be a Chipotle prep guy, says, “I usually toss the salt, lemon/lime, and onions together and let it sit while I pit the avocados. Something about the acidity mellows out the onion flavor a bit more. It’s also important to add in the cilantro and jalapeños after the guac has already been mashed, the flavors will be overpowering if you crush the cilantro and let the oils seep out.”

11. You can even learn how to make the famous marinade at home.

Want to try to make your own Chipotle instead of buying it?

You’ll need the marinade recipe. User BridgetteBane, who says they are a former service manager, says to make an at-home Chipotle marinade, you mix “one can chipotle peppers in adobo. Add one tablespoon white vinegar, teaspoon salt and a couple hearty cracks of black pepper, a tablespoon of cilantro, and a little oregano if you’re frisky. Blend like a crazy person. Marinade whatever you want in it, remembering of course that the longer it sits the spicier it gets. No more than maybe 30 hours at home, because it’ll start chemically cooking the meat. Ew.”

12. It takes an entire day to train employees to make burritos.

Don’t be worried about the employees knowing what they’re doing when it comes to making your burritos — they go through extensive training.

User churgersauce explained that whenever the chain opens a new store, “they train burrito assemblers for a whole day.” User CosmicBoogie added that “the entire crew practices rolling burritos.” Unfortunately, they also throw all of that food out. Churgersauce said, “Burritos are prepared and handed down the line to a giant trash can. When my store opened, we dumped about 25 trash cans full of fresh new chipotle burritos. I felt ill with guilt.”

13. Employees would eat anything off the menu.

If you needed reassurance on the quality of the food, listen to the people who work there.

When asked if there was anything they wouldn’t order, user mollykae88 said, “I’d honestly say absolutely nothing. Always extremely clean. Everything fresh and kept up. Not afraid of throwing out bad food. Everything [runs] the way people expect a good restaurant to be run. Microwaves aren’t allowed at all. Constant cleaning.”

14. They will probably make you things that aren’t even on the menu.

If there’s something you want that isn’t on the menu, even if the ingredients are in the store, most employees will likely make it for you. User Carbon_Dirt said, “They don’t have to, but if it’s reasonably slow they almost always will.” So if you want something special, go in at an off-time and you’ll probably get it.

15. Many employees rave about how clean Chipotle is.

If you were worried about Chipotle being clean, you shouldn’t be.

An overwhelming number of employees on Reddit swear that the place is super careful. User now_stop_that said, “I worked at Chipotle for a few months, and our prep process made me want to eat the food even more.” User myeyesarerocks added, “I concur! I also worked at Chipotle. SO clean. No freezers. So fresh. And even mostly humane. I love Chipotle so hard, to this day. They’re really as good and [as] fresh as they advertise.”

The 14 Most Genius Ordering Hacks At Chipotle

True Chipotle fans don't care about forking over extra cash for guac or spending their entire "going out" budget on lunch there. But even the most dedicated Tex-Mex fans should know the shortcuts to saving cash and getting more burrito for their buck. Here are the best of the Chipotle ordering pro-tips on the internet:

1. Order a bowl, double everything, and get tortillas on the side.

Voila&mdashyou've instantly got two burritos for the price of one.

2. Don't ask for double anything until the first scoop is added.

3. Turn the kids' taco into DIY nachos.

4. Always get taco shells on the side.

More fillings, less soggy mess.

5. Two proteins are always better than one.

Asking for half and half gets you more than normal.

6. Give your burrito some TLC.

Sick of getting a bite of all rice? Ask your server to mix things up a little bit before rolling it.

7. Stretch your burrito bowl over two salads.

8. Score free guac one of two ways.

Either order a veggie burrito, bowl, or tacos&mdashor go during busy hours and hope they forget.

9. Skip the insanely long line.

Your local Chipotle is likely always mobbed during lunch time. Order ahead and pass everyone to the register.

10. If you're strapped for cash, stick to the essentials.

Protein-rich beans and irresistible cheese&mdashit's all you need.

11. Take advantage of gift card promotions.

Chipotle often offers a "buy a gift card, get a free burrito" deal. And you can always keep the gift card for future dinners food babies.

12. Keep it super simple.

Burritos with fewer ingredients don't cost as much and their souped-up counterparts.

13. Double up your tacos.

Sides of cheese and flour tortillas are on the house, yo.

14. Skip the chips.

Ask for hard taco shells on the side&mdashthey're free!&mdashand break them up into "chips."

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This salsa isn't far behind the #1 choice. In fact, if it weren't for its sodium content, this guy might have taken first. Seasoned roasted tomatoes, tomatillos and jalapeños have just 15 calories with 4 grams of carbs.

NUTRITION: 15 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 255 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1.5 g sugars, 0 g protein.

Better Than Chipotle Burrito Bowl

I’m going to be completely honest with you, because I think we’re cool like that. You take time out of your day to come on over and spend some time with me, so it’s only fair I’m open with you… right?

Here’s the deal. Originally this was going to be a burrito post. But for the life of me I could not get a good photo of all the different components wrapped up in the tortilla. It didn’t look appetizing at all! Ah the woes of food photography.

And really, I don’t know why I was so fixated on making this a burrito anyway. Asheley always prefers hers as a burrito bowl. And I’m totally happy with a bowl as well.. as long as I still have a tortilla or some tortilla chips nearby so I can scoop up some of the goodness and eat it that way. What can I say? I’m tortilla dependent.

What I love about burrito bowls is that they are pretty darn flexible depending upon how much time you have to whip up dinner. When I have the whole day to hang around the house and cook, I’ll take the time to make Cowboy Beans and Cilantro Lime Brown Rice. I’ll slowly braise pork shoulder for mouth-watering, irresistible carnitas.

But let’s get real. Sometimes you just have to get dinner on the table.

You can easily cut some corners to make this a quick weeknight meal. Store-bought salsa. Crack open a can of beans and heat. Some quick-cooking rice. And maybe throw some chicken or steak on the grill. Heck, even one of those rotisserie chickens you see cooking away in the supermarket could do the trick.

There is, though, one thing that Asheley will never skip on: guacamole. If it’s burrito bowl night and there’s no guacamole, you know there’s gonna be problems.

Burrito bowls are also a great way to stretch out meals. You don’t need a big quantity of any one thing, so there’s almost always leftovers for a quick meal the following night (and even the night after that).

And listen, no worries if you don’t have queso fresco lying around. I personally like it for it’s salty kick, but Asheley prefers a big mountain of shredded cheddar or monterey jack on her burrito bowl. And a mountain might be an understatement. She has a thing for cheese.

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Another burrito bowl — and what’s wrong with that? Absolutely clucking nothing, that’s what.
Lime juice, olive oil, and a homemade taco seasoning are all you need to transform plain ol’ chicken breasts into Chipotle-style chicken. Prep it with cilantro rice and pile on all your usual toppings.
If you prefer your burritos, well, wrapped up, we’ve got nine options that won’t mess with your health goals all that much.

7. Cilantro lime brown rice

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If you’re gonna make Chipotle at home, you need the right base. This 10-minute recipe transforms leftover brown rice with just three ingredients: avocado oil, lime juice, and fresh cilantro (plus salt and pepper).
That’s literally easier that opening up a delivery app and spending too much money on rice.
In the words of the immortal Mitch Hedberg, rice is great when you’re hungry and want to eat 2,000 of something. Here’s how to take your rice game to the next level.

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