If you’re a Chipotle fan looking for convenient and affordable ways to prep meals days in advance, then you’ve probably heard of this catering “hack.”
The logic is simple: when customers order large quantities of food from a restaurant, the restaurant usually gives them discounts on the quantity purchased.
This “hack” was popularized by TikToker Alicia Briggs (@thebrownmamimelts); However, there are some users on the platform who are learning that sometimes the hacks are not what they imagine. It’s either that, or some Chipotle places are a little more generous than others when it comes to food.
User @breakmeoffakitkat has posted the results of her attempts to try Chipotle as a meal prepping solution and it turns out it’s not as cost-effective as she had hoped, citing that she ended up spending $140 for six meals ; around $23.33 each. “It doesn’t even fill the whole bowl when measured out for a meal prep. And that’s all we have left. We got 3 full meals for $140. Every. So a total of six meals. With a lot of beans left, barely any rice and all the side dishes you could imagine, but no meat,” she complains in a video that has been viewed more than 150,000 times.
To say point 3 annoyed is an understatement
♬ original sound – breakmeoffakitkat
There are several Mexican-style fast-casual chains that offer family fare that create their own meals for customers. For example, Qdoba sells family meals for 4-5 people for $39.95 (if you get chicken) or $44.95 (if you get steak) that include side dishes like queso, salsa, beans, and rice, with an option around tortilla Wraps or chips to pick. Additional bowls of meat are $12 (chicken) or $18 (steak) for customers who want more protein in their family-style meal.
@breakmeoffakitkat wasn’t exactly thrilled with the amount of food she received for her meal prep project, and there were plenty of other TikTokers who appreciated her open call for this popular food “hack.” “Thank you for showing the true side of it! I keep seeing this hack and think it’s $20 worth of food,” one user wrote.
Someone else thought this was a reference to the “shrinkflation” that Chipotle has been accused of by its consumer base. Many customers criticize the brand for overcharging and underdelivering when it comes to the amount of groceries they get.
But there were some TikTokers who said @breakmeoffakitkat didn’t demonstrate proper portion sizes when it came to handing out meat for their meal prep. “I mean… you didn’t portion your meat properly. That’s why you still have a lot of side dishes and not a lot of meat,” claimed one.
“To be fair, you both have at least twice as much meat on your bowls. Her husband has almost triple that,” said another.
However, the TikToker stated that she only had 3 ounces of meat in her bowl and her husband had 6 ounces. According to Eater, a scoop of Chipotle meat is said to be 4 ounces.
The Daily Dot reached out to @breakmeoffakitkat via TikTok comment and Chipotle via email.
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*Initial publication: March 13, 2023 12:27 pm CDT
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering trending human interest/social media stories and real people’s reactions to them. He always strives to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and pertinent facts to these stories to create your not-so-average viral post.
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