When it comes to Mexican fast food, there’s no beating Chipotle. Their delicious recipes and quality ingredients make them second-to-none, and there’s something on their menu for everyone to love.
But if you’re searching for something new and unique, sometimes the menu isn’t where you need to be looking. On top of their usual offerings, Chipotle actually has a secret menu with a variety of off-menu dishes that are even better than what you can normally get!
In this handy guide, we’ll take you through 8 of the best items on Chipotle’s secret menu, covering what they are, what they include, and how you can order them for yourself!
So read on, and we’ll take a look at 8 Chipotle secret menu items you have to try right now.
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The 8 Best Chipotle Secret Menu Items
If the name didn’t make it clear enough, the items on Chipotle’s secret menu aren’t things that you’d normally find on the menu at a Chipotle. As a result, you might not know what each item is, what they’re called, or how to order them.
To clear things up a bit, we’ll take you through each item on this list by taking a closer look at what each item involves and what sets them apart from the rest of the items you would find at Chipotle (see also ‘18 Easy To Recreate Chipotle Recipes‘).
1. Double-Decker Taco
One of the most iconic Mexican dishes out there, tacos have been a staple at Chipotle since the restaurant’s inception. But what could be better than a delicious Chipotle taco? Well, two of them, of course!
The double-decker taco, as you can probably guess, is a stack of two tacos on top of each other. The base is a soft-shell cheese taco, while a normal taco with your choice of fillings is stacked on top.
This leaves you with a delicious crunchy taco surrounded by a soft, cheesy barrier encasing it! You can fill the top taco with whatever fillings you prefer, but you’re better off not overloading it – after all, you want to be able to bite into the thing!
To order a double-decker taco, simply ask for a standard soft-shell cheese taco, then ask for another taco with your choice of fillings to be added to the top. Alternatively, order the two separately and stack them yourself (this will be easier if you’re ordering your double-decker taco online).
Depending on what you’re filling your top taco with, a double-decker taco will set you back around $5-$6.
2. The 3-Pointer
The 3-pointer is a great option if you’re dining at Chipotle on a budget. It doesn’t refer to a single specific item, but rather is more of a catch-all term for a burrito that only includes three ingredients.
The resulting item is a budget-friendly burrito that’s low on price, but not on flavor!
One of the biggest reasons why the 3-pointer is so great is its low price. Because it uses fewer ingredients than a standard burrito, you get something much cheaper but just as tasty.
Something to bear in mind, however, is that some ingredients at Chipotle are more expensive than others; so even if you only order three things inside your burrito, you can still be charged for more.
Guacamole, meat, and sofritas all actually count as two fillings as opposed to one, so you’ll have to give these a miss if you want to keep your burrito cheap (unless you only get one additional filling, of course).
Because you can technically make a 3-pointer with basically any combination of three fillings, it isn’t something you can just order at the counter or online. Instead, you can simply just ask for a burrito with the three fillings you want – don’t worry, you’ll still be charged the lower cost!
A Mexican classic, the quesadilla is such an iconic dish that it’s honestly surprising that it isn’t a staple of Chipotle in the first place. In fact, quesadillas are an unusual item on this list – while other items here are exclusive to the secret menu, quesadillas actually are somewhat of a regular item.
Originally a secret menu exclusive, quesadillas were later added to the online, digital version of Chipotle’s kid’s menu. But that doesn’t mean that you can only order them online, however. Because they’re now a standard menu item, you don’t need to worry about whether or not servers would know how to make them.
Made by stuffing a tortilla with cheese and folding it over beneath their presser, the quesadilla is then placed under the grill. Gooey, melty, and cheesy, a Chipotle quesadilla can also include meat like chicken, along with toppings such as guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
Chipotle quesadillas range in price from $7.60 to $8.60, plus any additional toppings you choose.
4. Dragon Sauce
Not every item on Chipotle’s secret menu is a main course, however, and there are some items that are more of a side – or in this case, a sauce. Dragon sauce is a combination of salsa and sour cream, with its name coming from the spicy heat from the salsa.
Dragon sauce is a great addition to practically anything that you’ll find at Chipotle, both on- and off-menu items. From using it as a dipping sauce for tortilla chips to drizzling it over things like burritos and tacos, dragon sauce brings a hit of heat along with some rich creaminess that works perfectly with the other bold flavors that you’ll find at Chipotle.
Sour cream and salsa are both free with most items on Chipotle’s menu, which means that you can make your own dragon sauce easily and with no extra charge. With how simple it is to make this tasty sauce, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make this a staple of your Chipotle orders!
If the name hasn’t given it away already, the quesarito is a delicious combination of a quesadilla and a burrito. The standard Chipotle burrito, a staple of its menu, swaps out the plain tortilla wrapping with a tasty, cheesy quesadilla.
By making this change, the already filling burrito is given an even heftier addition that brings a whole new layer of amazing flavor that makes the quesarito a meal that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
The melty cheese works wonders with the fluffy rice, spicy filling, and smoky black beans. You also get the option to customize your quesarito pretty much any way you like, as burritos are one of the most personalizable items on Chipotle’s menu.
If you want to give the quesarito a try for yourself, you can order it by simply requesting a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla, or by ordering the two components separately and then combining them yourself. This second option is easier if you’re ordering online, but you can also leave a request in the description box while ordering.
You can expect to pay anywhere from around $7 to $8, plus an additional $3.50 to convert it to a quesarito. It may be a bit pricier than other options out there (and much more filling), but for such a delicious offering it’s definitely worth splashing out a bit.
Have you ever thought it was weird that Chipotle has tortilla chips on their menu, but not nachos? Well, that’s because they’re reserved for their secret menu! Crunchy, cheesy, and loaded with all sorts of delicious toppings, this Mexican classic is one of the best secret items you can get from Chipotle.
You can’t just walk into a Chipotle and ask for nachos, however; instead, you’ll have to be a bit creative with how you order. The best way to get delicious loaded nachos from Chipotle is to order a burrito bowl and ask to sub out the rice for tortilla chips.
This works for ordering both in-person and online; if you’re ordering online, you can either leave a written request for the substitution, or simply order both and combine the two at home!
One of the best things about nachos is that there’s almost limitless room for customization here. You can customize the burrito bowl with whatever toppings you want, from meat options to veggie alternatives, and opt for extra items such as sour cream or cheese.
Depending on what you’re ordering in your burrito bowl and whether you’re getting the chips separately or as a substitution, nachos can be a great budget-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on how much food you’re really getting.
The tortilla chips cost $1.55, and the burrito bowl will cost around $7-$8 (varying on what you’re getting in it), leaving you with a delicious shareable appetizer or side dish that comes to around $10.
7. Taco Salad
Chipotle is known for being a healthier fast food option, and their range of low-calorie salads is a great example of how they combine healthy ingredients with delicious flavors. If you want to make your Chipotle salad a bit more interesting, then a taco salad is definitely the way to go.
Chipotle taco salads are essentially just any of their salads but with the addition of a fried taco bowl that the salad is served in. This gives the salad an extra bit of crunch and a light saltiness that really helps give your salad a bit more life.
However, you can’t get taco salads in every Chipotle location – in fact, many Chipotle branches don’t have taco bowls to begin with, so it’s important to do your research beforehand so you don’t end up disappointed.
If this is the case but you still want to give your Chipotle salad an extra bit of crunch and flavor, you can always just get a side of tortilla chips for a similar experience!
You can also take your taco salad to the next level by adding all sorts of tasty toppings. A dollop of sour cream or guacamole will give the taco salad some rich creaminess, while a spicy salsa brings some heat and adds a burst of flavor to the fresh flavors in the salad.
8. Spicy Queso
Another tasty sauce from the secret menu, this delicious combination of cheesy queso and hot salsa is a match made in heaven! Rich and creamy, but with a burst of spicy sweetness, you’ll be left wondering why you never tried this combo sooner!
Spicy queso makes the perfect addition to pretty much everything Chipotle has to offer, whether you’re using it as a dip for tortilla chips or adding a dollop inside a burrito or taco. It also works great with various items in the secret menu – most notably, it’s absolutely perfect when paired with Chipotle nachos!
You do have to pay extra for the queso, but the salsa is free to balance the cost out a bit. Coincidentally, the spicy queso is best paired with tortilla chips, which generally come with the queso dip in the first place.
You’ll also have to order the queso and the salsa separately and combine them yourself, but this isn’t really much of a problem.
Why this delicious sauce isn’t an item on the main menu already, we’ll never truly know. One thing’s for certain, though – once you try this spicy, cheesy dip, there’s no going back to the original!
Chipotle may have plenty of delicious offerings on their standard menu, but it’s these secret menu items that really take your taste buds to the next level! These 8 tasty secret menu items are all great options, and it’s well worth your time to try some of them for yourself.
So next time you’re ordering something from Chipotle and you’re feeling a bit adventurous, why not give one of these delicious secret menu items a go? You’re sure to find something that you love!
Now that you know 8 of the best Chipotle secret menu items and how to order them for yourself, all that’s left for you to do now is test them out and find your new favorite.