Chipotle is a magical place. Whether you want corn salsa, sour cream, guacamole or all three atop your burrito, you can customize your fast casual Mexican food to your liking and to the annoyance of whoever is behind you in line. Don't be one of those people that lets that power go to their heads, OK?
While the burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads are always enough to make your lunch dreams come true, if you're a big Chipotle fan, you probably visit your local restaurant once or twice a week. Sometimes, you just want to jazz up your usual burrito bowl concoction with something that doesn't taste like the same thing just wrapped in a tortilla.
You may not be able to do that with what you find on the menu in your local Chipotle, but don't let that limit you. As with many fast food restaurants today, Chipotle has a list of secret menu items that will let you taste all of the cheesiness, savoriness and creaminess you know and love about Chipotle in a whole new way.
These items are on the secret menu because Chipotle doesn't teach its employees how to make them in any official capacity, so you may not be able to find these menu items in every location. However, when you find an employee that knows how to make one of these babies, it'll be so worth it.
Here are five secret menu items you need to order the next time you're at Chipotle.
— Allison Roe (@RoeAllison) October 24, 2014
You've probably seen someone order a quesadilla at Chipotle before, so this is actually a pretty common secret menu item. Quesadillas are even now available on Chipotle's kid's menu. When you step up to the Chipotle counter, all you have to do is ask for a quesadilla, and you should be able to put in any fixings you want that Chipotle normally offers in a regular burrito tortilla folded in half, in addition to the cheese melted inside, of course.
Chipotle workers learned 2 never challenge @ej43335 & I finish our quesarito....we won & got that free chipotle card pic.twitter.com/7EI9eLFFOK — Amina Marie✌ (@DropDeadDiva35) January 20, 2015
The Chipotle quesarito has long been the stuff of legends, but it does in fact exist. This monstrosity is just like a regular burrito, except that the tortilla is basically a cheese quesadilla, which makes your burrito extra gooey. However, if you don't want to risk Chipotle possibly rejecting your request, you can always get a quesarito at Taco Bell. It's definitely not the beast that the Chipotle quesarito is, but it hits the spot too.
The burritodilla at chipotle pic.twitter.com/aN6xnUQZ0s
— Josh Lyon (@CSQB7) April 7, 2014
A burritodilla is similar to the aforementioned quesarito, except it's smaller and more like a quesadilla than a burrito. It contains about half of the fillings of a regular Chipotle burrito, and the whole thing is then grilled to a crispy delight.
Game changer chipotle nachos pic.twitter.com/riOi0FgQil — ☯Jess Cruz☯ (@JCruz067) October 28, 2014
It's still crazy to me that Chipotle doesn't offer nachos as a full-fledged menu item. However, this meaty, cheesy, saucy concoction probably doesn't jive too well with the fast casual chain's emphasis on quality ingredients and food. But no matter, because you can in fact score some nachos at Chipotle, which is easier than you think. All you have to do is order a burrito bowl with nachos at the bottom in lieu of rice and top it all off with beans, cheese and salsa as you normally would. Nachos are great for sharing, but Chipotle's version of this snack is going to so good, you'll want it all for yourself.
5. Taco Salad
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The Chipotle taco salad is like the unicorn of fast food. It's extremely rare, and you may have to travel far and wide before you stumble upon a Chipotle that carries a "taco salad" bowl, but they reportedly do exist. If you're not able to find a Chipotle that has "taco salad" bowls available, you can always just see if they will grill and shape a regular burrito tortilla into a taco salad bowl for you.