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21 Reasons Chipotle Is A Vegan Haven

Who remembers when the taquería people would look at you like you’re crazy when you asked if the rice had lard in it? Those days are over. Not only has Chipotle stepped up their game and created a vegan protein, but most Southwest Mexican joints know what a vegan is now. (But Chipotle wins.)

Vegans, rejoice.

1. Everything your eye can see is vegan.

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At least in this picture. Chipotle is an oasis–no hidden ingredients, no hidden pork lard in the beans, or french fries. What looks vegan, is vegan, praise Jesus.

2. Sofritas are everything.

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Yeah, yeah, we can get all our protein from beans, but you can only get joy from tofu braised in sofrito. The Puerto Rican in me was screaming when this happened a couple years ago.

3. Soft Shell Tacos

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You can order tacos a la carte, and they don’t play. Two tacos = one food baby.

4. Hard Shell Tacos

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You’d be shocked to learn that some places don’t have vegan hard shell tacos. Taco Bell’s tostada shell is actually non-vegan.

5. Who says vegans eat veggies?

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Yah. Veggies ain’t for all of us. Pero todos los frijoles son nuestros. You can always ask Chipotle to do half black and half pinto if you can’t decide.

6. Use nachos as utensils.

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It’s for the environment, OK. Leave those plastic utensils behind. Pick up a bag of chips instead. 😉

7. Life hack: a side of tortillas is free.

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And you get way more food in a burrito bowl than you do in a burrito. Plus the tortilla. #PoorMansLife

8. Double life hack: bring vegan sour cream with you.

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You’ll find this on my tombstone, but it’s a game changer. See that lil slice of Tofutti in the corner of that pic? It’s the money shot.

9. Vegan burritos stand like a Queen.

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I salute you, future food baby. Get in mah belly.

10. Let’s talk sides.

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Chips + guacamole? It’s not optional, it’s a must. Be sure to get the little slices of lime by the straws and drizzle that ish.

11. When all her salsas are vegan. ????

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There’s no dairy-filled creamy cilantro dressing happening here like *cough* Pollo Loco *cough*.

12. Here’s how to build a vegan meal at Chipotle:

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You start by ordering either tacos, burrito, burrito bowl or a salad. TBH, the only difference between the salad and burrito bowl is if you like your romaine on the bottom of your bowl or on top…

13. Either way, it all comes with your choice of rice.

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You can go with a healthy cilantro-lime brown rice. I’m glued to this oily, drool-worthy masterpiece like brown on rice.

14. Or go for the comfort foods.

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Let’s be honest, this is an emotional journey. Follow what your heart is telling you.

15. Pile on the beans, primo.

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The Vegetarian special includes your choice of beans and fajitas. For just an extra dollar, you can get sofritas on top of that.

We call that an elevated vegan dish.

16. The pinto beans are new(ish)ly vegan, too!

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It used to be that they used bacon fat in the beans, but a couple years ago, they made beans accessible to all. ????

17. All the flavor lies here:

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The vegetable fajitas are just the right balance of onion and peppers, and you won’t find a soggy or a crunchy bite. It’s just perfection.

18. We know, the guac is extra.

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And forever worth it. Take my money, Chipotle. When I’m around guac, IDGAF.

19. Pile on the salsas, amiga.

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You won’t find a salsa tainted with shredded mozzarella or cotija. But definitely avoid the shredded mozzarella and sour cream options.

20. Be sure to drink plenty of water.

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Because, strangely, Chipotle’s fresh salsa is crazy high in sodium. Don’t ask me why I know this.

21. Do rehydrate on margaritas.

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‘Cause they’re vegan, too. ???? ???? ????

Got any more fast food hacks? Dale, comment below. ⬇️

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Is Literally Releasing a Chipotle-Themed Eyeshadow Palette

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Is Literally Releasing a Chipotle-Themed Eyeshadow Palette

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We’ve seen our fair share of weird brand collabs in the past, but this is truly one we didn’t see coming.

On Thursday, Chipotle and e.l.f. Cosmetics announced that they were teaming up for a collaboration.

Both makeup-lovers and Chipotle-lovers can have fun with the team-up. According to the press release, e.l.f will be selling Chipotle-themed makeup and Chipotle will be selling makeup-themed food. Confused? Keep reading.

On March 9th, e.l.f. cosmetics is launching their e.l.f. x Chipotle makeup collection, a range of products that includes a Chipotle-themed eyeshadow palette, a tinted lip-gloss, an avocado-shaped beauty sponge, and a makeup bag that looks exactly like Chipotle’s famous to-go bags.

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The eyeshadow palette is made up of 12 shades, each of which are named after one of Chipotle’s signature ingredients. For example, the leaf-green shade is called “Lettuce”, the buttery gold shade is called “Corn Salsa”…you get the picture. The “Make It Hot” lip gloss is a sheer, hot-pink shade that is formulated with Vitamin E and coconut oil.

And as an added bonus, when you purchase the Chipotle eyeshadow palette, you’ll be emailed a voucher for free Chipotle chips and guac.

But makeup isn’t the only aspect of the promotion. Chipotle, too, will be offering a limited-time option. The fast-casual restaurant will be selling an entrée called “Eyes. Chips. Face. Bowl.” And in honor of e.l.f. Cosmetics’ vegan and cruelty free products, the menu item will be vegan.

The bowl will consist of white rice, pinto beans, hot salsa, corn salsa, guac, lettuce, and a side of chips. But it won’t be available forever! You’ll only be able to find it in the “Featured” section of Chipotle’s website or app from March 10 through March 17.

If you’re surprised by this collab, you’re not the only one. After all, “Mexican food” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of makeup.

But e.l.f. and Chipotle seem to think that they’re a match made in heaven. After all, this is the second time the two popular brands have joined forces.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to lead culture and make authentic connections with Gen-Z alongside brands that share similar values,” said Chipotle’s VP of digital marketing, Tressie Lieberman.

And e.l.f.’s CMO was equally effusive. “There is nothing tastier or prettier than the combination of burritos and makeup!” said Kory Marchisotto, in a statement. “We have long admired Chipotle and we are thrilled to come together to do things that neither one of us have done before. We share the same renegade spirit and are both committed to bringing the best ingredients to our consumers at extraordinary prices.”

e.l.f.s Chipotle collection launches on March 9th, and the line’s prices range from $8 to $18. Get notified on the launch by going over to e.l.f.’s site. Head to Chipotle’s app or website after March 10th to order their exclusive “Eyes. Chips. Face. Bowl.” entrée.

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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