One of the main reasons for the price increase is due to higher costs for avocados, beef and cheese, which were eating into profits. Even with the announced price increase, Jack Hartung, Chipotle’s CFO, said that the chain still has room to raise prices even further if needed. He believes customers won’t be deterred from coming into the restaurant even with additional price increases. Sales figures for Chipotle are expected to continue to grow in the high single digits.
Chipotle has fared better than many other fast food restaurants during the past few years. Part of their appeal has been due to marketing campaigns that have highlighted its food as a fresher and a higher-quality alternative to other fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
There are a number of ways that you can save money at Chipotle, but there are also a few “Chipotle hacks” that you can use to increase the amount of food you get for the same price. Using these when ordering will help you get a little bit more, since you are also going to now be paying more.
Bowl over Burrito
When making an order, opt for a burrito bowl over a burrito. Due to the limiting size of the tortilla, you’ll get more food in a bowl than you will in a burrito for the same price. If you really want a burrito, order a bowl and then asked for a tortilla on the side. Asking for a tortilla on the side is free. You can then create your own burrito with the food in the bowl, and have extra as well.
Ask for Extra
When you are ordering your burrito bowl, feel free to ask for extras. You can’t ask for extras of meat, but you can for everything else at no additional cost. This includes extra scoops of rice or beans. Again, this doesn’t work so well with the burrito due to the limited space, but you can score a lot of extra food when you order a burrito bowl.
Ask for Fajita Vegetables
When you order, the person putting together your food will ask you the type of rice, beans and meat that you want. They usually won’t say anything about the fajita vegetables, but you can ask for them to be added to your burrito bowl at no additional cost.
Ask for Half and Half Protein
While you aren’t able to get extra meat for free when ordering, there is a possible hack around this. Instead of ordering a single protein, ask for your proteins to be split half-and-half. For example, instead of ordering chicken, ask for half chicken and half beef. When you do this you’re supposed to get half the amount of each of the proteins, but since the servers are so used to scooping out a set amount of meat each time, you will often get more protein when you ask for it to be split this way. You probably won’t end up with double the meat, but there’s a good chance that you’ll end up with 1.5 times more than had you ordered a single protein.
Order Guacamole on the Side
After getting all the extras for free, your burrito bowl is likely to be pretty full. If you decide that you want guacamole, ask for it on the side instead of on top of your bowl. Most of the time you’ll end up getting more guacamole when it’s ordered on the side than if it’s placed directly on your meal.
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