Some ingredients in Chipotle's recipes include beef, chicken, black beans, pinto beans and Hass avocados. Chipotle also uses salt, oregano, cloves, bay leaf and cumin as seasonings. When possible, the fast food restaurant tries to use organic ingredients, non-genetically modified food, and meat from animals raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.
Chipotle offers burritos, burrito bowls, salads and tacos that its patrons can customize. Some of the possible ingredients for these items include steak, carnitas, chipotle lime brown rice, cheese and salsa. Customers can also order a side of chips with salsa or guacamole. The restaurant also offers beverages such as soft drinks, beer and margaritas.
Chipotle promotes its use of organic ingredients and meat from responsibly raised animals. This made the fast food chain popular at a time when consumers were becoming more concerned about their food sources. Chipotle, which Steve Ellis founded in Denver in 1993, had more than 1,900 locations by 2015.
In 2015, The New York Times questioned the nutritional value of Chipotle's meals and noted that it was easy for a customer to reach her recommended daily limit of sodium with a single Chipotle meal. The article also observed that Chipotle's meal options tended to be high in calories and saturated fat.