When it comes to fast food chains, Chipotle is different. They’re fast and affordable but they also use quality ingredients that have been sourced responsibly, a key difference few competitors emulate because it’s so expensive.
They’re one of my favorite destinations and I’m always happy to see them in places dominated by low-cost options, like at airports.
As a frequent visitor, I’ve developed some tips and tricks to making the most of my meals at Chipotle.
Here are my best tips for eating well at Chipotle without busting your budget.
7 Simple Ways To Save Money At Chipotle
#1. Bowls Are Bigger
Ever since I discovered the flour tortilla was 320 delicious calories, I’ve skipped the tortilla and ordered burrito bowls.
I quickly learned that by cutting out 320 calories, I replaced them with more calories in ingredients because the bowls are bigger. Chipotle representatives will probably tell you the amount of food inside a bowl is the same as a burrito. But any human being with eyes can see they aren’t.
The tortilla looks similar in size but it still needs to be wrapped up. Employees aren’t going to scoop as much because they still need to wrap it and they don’t want to risk ripping it.
The bowl is bigger, has a tough aluminum lid, and no one waits at the end with a scale. They’ll scoop quickly, because of the massive line, and you’re the benefactor of their largesse.
#2. Skip the Line, Order Online
Speaking of lines, every Chipotle I’ve been to has had a huge line during lunch. The line moves quickly but why wait? You can skip the line by ordering online.
There is a trade off. You can’t use all the tips below since the order will be prepared ahead of time. You won’t be able to see them prepare your meal and ask for more of what you like.
You’re faced with the classic conundrum of deciding whether you prefer your time or more fixings. How much is your time worth?
After ordering online, just go to the designated area for online orders, usually next to the registers, and grab your tasty meal.