Well, one potential option that's actually simple and sane enough to land on the menu is nacho bowls. Imagine a traditional Chipotle burrito bowl with the same protein, salsa, and other toppings, but but swapping out the rice for those addictive lime-salted tortilla chips -- who wouldn't want to eat that? The so-called Chipotle nachos have long been a menu hack among Chipotle lunch pros, but maybe, with a few adjustments behind the sneeze guards, they could land on the official menu. We hit up our local Chipotle and ordered a burrito bowl made with chips (seen above), and tasted huge potential.
A few things are holding the nacho reality back, however. Per our request, the burrito assembly line workers loaded the bottom of the bowl with a bag of tortilla chips instead of rice, then piled on black beans, steak, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and cheese. They charged us for a steak burrito bowl plus a side of chips and guac, which, in Manhattan, added up to almost $13 (before tax) -- easily way too much for nachos. Additionally, the portion was almost too large to be contained in a to-go bowl, and weren't layered as you'd like nachos to be. Not to mention, seeing how Chipotle only offers cold, shredded cheese, and not the melted kind or the cheese-gun you'd see at Taco Bell, something would need to change on the cheese front.