Why Taco Bell Is Better Than Chipotle

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I’m going to air my most unpopular opinion out there: as a consumer of fast food, Taco Bell is better than Chipotle. I don’t have anything against Chipotle, but I went to the restaurant two days ago and paid $8 for a burrito bowl with chicken, pinto beans, white rice, and veggies.

I thought about how much the same quantity of food would get me at a haven of my teenage years, Taco Bell, a place where many of my now consultant or financial analyst friends who have sold their souls to the corporate world ridicule. And I realized I fundamentally disagreed with any insults about Taco Bell. I could get it for much cheaper, maybe for even $3! That is more than two times cheaper than Chipotle.

Taco Bell is better than Chipotle. It always has been, and it always will be.

My friends have told me that this assessment is my number one “trash take,” but I disagree. Sure, Taco Bell hurts my stomach more than Chipotle does, but at least my wallet comes to life and thanks me at the end of the day.

Fast Food Menu Prices also tackles the Taco Bell vs. Chipotle battle. Reviewers at the site look at the pros and cons of both Taco Bell and Chipotle, which looks at price, nutrition, taste, and food quality. While I don’t agree with all the judgments of the site, it’s worth presenting its arguments.

It first states that Taco Bell and Chipotle have “drastic differences,” and I am just a subjective observer making a hot take, so I decided that I wasn’t going to question those differences. The biggest difference between the two is price, and the reviewers at Fast Food Menu Prices say:

Chipotle prices are similar to other higher-end fast food restaurants. You aren’t going to find a dollar menu anywhere here.”

As a very frugal person, that fact instantly sells me on the superiority of Taco Bell to Chipotle. Taco Bell is much cheaper. You can get full for $2 or even $3, and Taco Bell even offers a variety of taco packs to keep things exciting and switch things up. Every time I go to Chipotle, I get the same thing — a burrito bowl. Sure I can switch up my toppings a bit. Sure I can switch up my veggies a bit. But Chipotle intrinsically has less variety than Chipotle.

Fast Food Menu Prices drums up the difference to a different business model — Chipotle is similar to a sub sandwich restaurant like Subway or Quiznos, while Taco Bell is similar to regular fast food places like McDonald’s. The menu for Chipotle can be customized, whereas the menu for Taco Bell can’t be. Also, Taco Bell is simply better because it’s open much later. You can’t go through a Chipotle drive-thru at 1 a.m. to get a burrito bowl because, right — Chipotle doesn’t have a drive-thru!

Taco Bell would support you at your worst. If you were an athlete and not playing well, Taco Bell is the fan that supports you and stays at your side, while Chipotle is the fan that only likes you when you’re playing well, and throws hot dogs at you from the stands when you’re not doing so well. Taco Bell is unconditionally loving and supportive. Chipotle is not.

If Taco Bell and Chipotle were relationship partners, Chipotle would be the one who spends two hours with you then goes home. Taco Bell? It’s with you all day. It gives you all of itself, from its best self to its demons. You get a much more honest, comprehensive, and intense experience with Taco Bell, one you could never get from Chipotle.

It’s difficult to argue with the assessment that Chipotle has more nutritional value than Taco Bell. Most of Chipotle’s food is sourced from local farms while Taco Bell’s is not. The food quality is objectively better at Chipotle, and Fast Food Menu Prices argues that you’re getting what you paid for.

However, Taco Bell has a “Fresco” menu with healthier options — so if you want healthy — Taco Bell yet again proves its versatility and options — something Chipotle does not have.

You might have a drastically different opinion than me, and I want to say that’s okay. But it’s not. Taco Bell being better than Chipotle is something I feel very strongly about. Think about where all the money you save going to Taco Bell instead of Chipotle can go — a gift for your partner, video games, a Netflix subscription, or gas. All of these items drastically improve your quality of life more than a Chipotle burrito ever can, which is another reason why Taco Bell is vastly superior to Chipotle.

Taco Bell is for the common people, while Chipotle is for the bourgeoisie. End of story.

Originally published on The Bad Influence on September 29, 2020.

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