Inspired by the eating out thread, I just wanted to check in and let any of my fellow Paleo family know about this supremely cost-effective Paleo Menu Hack for dining at Chipotle.
I have something of a famous menu hack on my resume already, having co-created the video that spread the Ghetto Big Mac far and wide. I didn't create that sandwich - that dubious distinction belonged to my co-star Dallas. And I didn't invent this Chipotle hack either (learned of it in the comments at this Robb Wolf post) but I have tried it many times and have evangelized it to strangers and so then here we are.
Ghetto Burrito Bowl
The staple paleo options on the official Chipotle menu are obviously going to be a salad or burrito bowl where you hold the rice and beans and load up on ethically raised meat, soybean-oil (eww) drenched fajita veggies, salsa, and yummy fats like (depending on how "paleo" you are) sour cream, cheese (heretic!) and guacamole. The bowl starts off at a high price and then goes up by another $1.75 if you add guacamole - and if you dont take guac at Chipotle, I don't trust you. By the time you're done ordering this standard meat bowl plus guacamole at my local Chipotle you've passed the $9 mark even if you didn't take extra meat.
Enter the hack! The Ghetto Burrito Bowl says let's strip this down to the essentials and go only with what we really crave the most. Veggies are nice but if we can get Meat, more Meat and Guacamole for half the price of the usual bowl then we can skip the veggies right?
Well all you have to do is ask.
Tell the first scooper that you want a burrito bowl with no rice or beans, ask for your favorite meat and then ask for an extra helping of the same or another meat. I like to go with Carnitas and Barbacoa. Let the Chipotle employee know that you understand you will be charged extra for extra meat. You want 2 or maybe even 3 portions if you're feeling especially godlike.
Your bowl will get passed to the fixins person at which point you will tell the person you're done. You just want meat in that bowl and that's it. Don't have them add the guac because that will just complicate matters at the cash-register. They will give you a funny look and then hand it to the cashier letting them know you have 2 (or 3) sides of meat. If this doesn't get successfully communicated you may have to help them along.
Now make sure to order your side of guacamole. It will come in a little cup which you will mix with your meat when you have arrived back at your table.
You have now bought a nice heaping portion of meat and guac for $5. 2 sides of meat at $1.50 each plus $1.75 for a guacamole. You're spending about $5 on the best parts of your $9 burrito bowl. That's some serious Paleo Hacking right there.
Have you been this intrepid at Chipotle? Or do you have other Paleo Menu Hacks to suggest? Let's have them then!