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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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This E.L.F. x Chipotle Collab Is Every Burrito-Loving Makeup Addict’s Dream

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This E.L.F. x Chipotle Collab Is Every Burrito-Loving Makeup Addict’s Dream

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If you’ve ever steadily stuffed your face with a silver foil-wrapped bean burrito from Chipotle while applying a rigorous cat eye, we’re dedicating this post to you. Si chicas, your love for makeup and Mission-style burritos are getting the official mashup thanks to a new beauty partnership and the outcome will include a whole heck of a lot of glitter and eyeshadow that will have you looking snatched.

That’s right, Chipotle’s latest item is here to turn YOU into a snack.

Chipotle and e.l.f. announced over the weekend that they have teamed up to release an unlikely collaboration that features a limited edition burrito-inspired makeup kit.

The limited-edition kit includes a wrap of perfection.

With the $43 bundle,  E.l.f’s Matte Putty Primer, a Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow, a Matte Liquid Lipstick, a Bite-Size Eyeshadow, a Lip Lacquer, a Primer-Infused Blush, a Lip Exfoliator, a Blush Brush, and a Fluffy Eye Blender Brush can all be yours.

Of course, like any good collab, there’s a catch.

According to PopSugar, only 100 kits are currently being which means if you want burrito-style makeup fast you’re gonna have to act faster than the guy who wraps up your order.

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Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle was just hit with the biggest child labor penalty in the state of Massachusetts. Turns out the Mexican fast-food chain was cited for violating child labor and sick time laws. Some of the child labor violations include minors working without valid work permits, working too late into the evening and too many hours daily and weekly. 

Massachusetts’s Attorney General just hit Chipotle with the largest ever child labor penalty in the state.

Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations.

“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” Healey said in a statement. “We hope these citations send a message to other fast-food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”

A review of the chain’s records revealed that minors “routinely worked in violation of the child labor laws,” according to AG Healey.

The fine detailed that Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for more than 48 hours a week. Teenagers told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was preventing them from keeping up with their schoolwork. The company also regularly hired minors without work permits. 

Some Twitter users and former Chipotle employees were not surprised. 

“Not even a small bit surprised” tweeted one user.

Just last year, workers at an NYC Chipotle staged a mini-strike over the same issues.

“Keep your tacos, keep your bowls, pay your workers what they’re owed!” chanted the crowd of about 30 workers before employees at the Sixth Ave. store in Greenwich Village walked off the job in a staged strike. Workers at another four Chipotle outlets in the city planned to join the Manhattan group in a protest against their employer, which had violated city law by overbooking their weekly work schedules.

“Right now, we’re fighting for our rights as Chipotle workers,” said part-time employee Carlos Hernandez. “I honestly don’t believe the management shows the employees respect. They just don’t want to give us the hours. They don’t want to give us more money.”

The AG’s office of Massachusetts began investigating Chipotle in 2016.

The investigation started after a minor’s parent alleged that the employee had worked “well past” midnight at a Chipotle restaurant in Beverly, the AG’s office said. Audits between 2015 and 2019 identified child labor violations such as minors working without valid work permits, too late into the evening, and too many hours daily and weekly. The chain regularly permitted dozens of 16- and 17-year-old employees to work later than what is allowed by law and worked minors past the nine-hour daily limit and 48-hour weekly limit, the AG’s office said.

Some people have taken to social media to express their discomfort with Chipotle as a workplace.

“Working at this Chipotle makes me feel real uncomfortable” wrote one user. “They over work [their] minors”

Chipotle also did not notify employees of their right to earned sick time. 

According to the AG’s office, the chain did not properly notify employees of their rights under the earned sick time law. It failed to provide the AG’s office with complete timekeeping records and, in some locations, failed to pay workers within six days of the end of the pay period. 

The chain was cooperative with the investigation and is now in compliance with state child labor laws. 

“We are committed to ensuring that our restaurants are in full compliance with all laws and regulations and we believe that in hiring workers beginning at age 16, we can provide younger employees with valuable experiences and provide a compelling work environment,” Laurie Schalow, chief corporate reputation officer of Chipotle, said in a statement.

The settlement total is close to $2 million.

The settlement includes penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages. Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement, and training.

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