As a vegetarian I’m used to limited menu choices. Thankfully I’m not a picky eater so if the meal doesn’t have meat and dairy and makes up for it with loads of vegetables, I’ll happily eat it. One of my go-to quick restaurants is Chipotle, I can always ask for extra peppers and onions, and load up on salsas and guacamole.
But there is one question that nags me when I’m standing in line looking at the bins of overflowing taco, burrito or bowl fillings, “Why am I forced to pick the black beans?”
As a carnivore, I would be able to choose from 4 types of meat and 2 types of beans. As vegetarian I should be able to choose from their two types of beans, black or pinto. But wait! The pinto beans are not vegetarian! What?!?
According to Chipotle, they add “a small amount of bacon” to their pinto beans. And although bacon is used for flavor, pinto beans are easily cooked without bacon and remain flavorful.
If Chipotle removed the bacon from their pinto beans, there are a few different ways this change would benefit Chipotle and their customers. It would first and foremost decrease costs. Beans only need to be cooked in water, so they don’t need to substitute the bacon.
It would align with their Food With Integrity program, which promotes the health of their sourced meat, but even better, now they would not need to raise so many animals for human consumption (a win on many levels).
Customers who aren’t vegetarian would not be deceived into eating additional fat (although the amount is negligible) when they think they are trying to add something healthy to their meal. And finally, the vegetarians of the world will grin ear to ear because they will have an additional choice at a restaurant!
Please join me and ask Chipotle to take the bacon out of their pinto beans. Share this article and submit it through the Chipotle website:
UPDATE: Sign the "Chipotle: Stop using bacon in your pinto beans" petition at Change.org.
Special thanks to Erik Marcus for putting this issue in the spotlight.