Earlier this week, we forlornly reported that Chipotle had taken carnitas off the menu at approximately one third of its 1,724 locations across America. But now -- thanks to the ability to tap into a strategic pork "reserve," courtesy of supplier Niman Ranch -- it's coming back. So you can order that gigantic burrito for lunch.
Niman Ranch, which also provides the chain with beef, has agreed to up its supply of pork to Chipotle by 20% immediately (drawing on their emergency stock), effectively counteracting the loss of the other pork supplier, which was found to have violated Chipotle's standards of animal treatment. They're also collaborating with Steve Ells and his team of Chipotle chefs to find new cuts of pork to incorporate into the carnitas, which is typically made exclusively out of pork shoulder.
Chipotle is still working with the delinquent supplier to see if they can raise their standards back to the previous level, but for now, the 6-7% of customers that order carnitas can once again breathe easy. And more heavily.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and finally has concrete lunch plans for today. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.