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Chipotle Hacks: Ordering Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Order

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Chipotle is a lunchtime way of life for pretty much every corner of the American population - white collar, blue collar, millennials, boomers - everyone is eating at Chipotle. As tasty as it is, Chipotle can get expensive faster than you can say “side of guac,” so here are Chipotle tips to help you keep your budget in check while laying waste to your appetite. These Chipotle hacks are tried-and-true tricks that beef up your savings while keeping your stomach happy. Whether you order burritos, bowls, or something from Chipotle's secret menu, these tips will help maximize your meal.

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    Order A Bowl, Double Everything, And Get Tortillas On The Side

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    This hack takes care of two of Chipotle's biggest problems - not enough fillings and a tortilla that falls apart the moment you lift it. When you order a bowl, you receive more rice and beans. And if you double up, you'll have about three days' worth of food. Add extra meat (if you feel like paying more), and ask for tortillas on the side when you get to the register.

    You can roll your own burritos at your table - and you'll have enough for leftovers. 

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    Vegetarian Orders Come With Free Guac

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    No one wants to pay $1.80 to $2 (depending on the location) for a dollop of guacamole. Avocados are expensive, so what are you going to do? Just order a vegetarian bowl or burrito next time, and enjoy all the free guac you can handle. There are tons of vegetarian options at Chipotle, so you won't even miss your carnitas or grilled chicken. And think about how great you're going to feel knowing everyone else in line is paying full price for their guacamole. 

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    Wait To Order A Double Scoop Until After The First Scoop

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    When you order a double scoop of something - whether it's beans, meat, or salsa - you have to be patient. If you give yourself away too early, your server might skimp on the scoops, keeping you from getting the true double you deserve. Wait until the first scoop drops before asking for scoop number two, ensuring that you get a real double. Just make sure you're polite when asking for the second scoop, since you're making the Chipotle crew member's procedure a little less efficient.

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    Fill Up On Fajita Vegetables


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    The easiest and cheapest way to make a heftier burrito is to add fajita vegetables. These onions and peppers don't cost extra, and if you're looking to add spice to your Chipotle, this is the way to do it. You can get as much of this mixture as you want and it won't count towards the cost of your meal, just try not to fill up on peppers while you're on a lunch break. 

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