If you live in the US, you’ve probably eaten Chipotle dozens of times. But do you know which singer supplies Chipotle with avocados? Or that you can buy a burrito coin? Here are 10 fast facts about our favourite Mexican grill – Chipotle:
Jason Mraz supplies Chipotle with Avocados
There is a special Burrito Coin
Loyal customers have been given free Burrito coins from Chipotle since 1999. If you don’t have a coin of your own, you can find them on eBay. Don’t be scammed though – these coins don’t entitle you to unlimited burritos. Rather, each coin is worth only one free burrito – good enough for us!
The founder of Chipotle went to the same school as Anthony Bourdain
The founder of Chipotle, Steve Ells, was actually a very serious chef before he started his Chipotle business. Like many famous and popular chefs, Ells attended the Culinary Institute of America.
He actually started Chipotle as a means of earning money to run a fine-dining restaurant. No wonder the food at Chipotle is so delicious!
There are no franchises of Chipotle
Hoping to open up your own branch of Chipotle? Unfortunately, you’re out of luck. Every single Chipotle is owned by the company themselves and they do not offer franchising options.
Chipotle was sued – and lost
In 2005, Maurizio Antoninetti, a paraplegic man in a wheelchair, sued Chipotle for their failure to provide him with equal opportunity to engage in the “Chipotle experience”. If you’ve ever been to Chipotle, you’ll know that you are able to inspect each dish as it is being made and watch your order be prepared.
Antoninetti stated that the tall ordering counter did not allow him to have the same experience as others who are not in a wheelchair. In 2010, Chipotle lost the case.
Chipotle means “Smoked Chili”
Ever wonder where Chipotle got its name? It came from the Nahuatl (an Aztec language) word, “Chilpoctli” which stands for “smoked chilli”. It now represents the oh-so-famous chilli pepper that we love today.
Chipotle trucks have signs saying “Drivers do no carry Burritos”
Don’t believe us? Just Google it! Though there’s no official release of statement for the reasoning behind this, we’ve heard that it’s to prevent hungry thieves from robbing the trucks.
Chipotle doesn’t have a secret menu
Most fast-food restaurants offer secret menus, but Chipotle isn’t one of them. With that being said, they do offer a single secret item known as the Quesarito – the combination of a quesadilla and burrito.
Chipotle refused to Sponsor a Boy Scouts of America Event
In 2013, Chipotle refused to sponsor a Boy Scouts of America Event – with good reasoning. At the time, the Boy Scouts did not allow openly gay youth to be involved in the organization. Chipotle has long held its own anti-discrimination policy, which this clearly violated.
Chipotle offers “Booritos”
If you’re visiting Chipotle on Halloween, you won’t get a burrito, you’ll get a Boorito. Proceeds from sales of the boorito are donated to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, dedicated to promoting sustainable food practices.
But you don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy all of the deliciousness that Chipotle has to offer. Mmmm, we’re craving a burrito right now!