Chipotle said the change makes it the only national restaurant chain that doesn't use any added colors, flavors, or preservatives in its food, according to a press release. In fact, Chipotle's entire menu now features a total of only 51 ingredients, while a single menu item at other fast food or fast casual chains can contain dozens of ingredients. Of course, Chipotle has touted its fresh ingredients for years, such as produce that's often organic and locally sourced, hormone and antibiotic-free meats, and dairy products from cows raised on pasture -- although you were probably too busy stuffing burritos into your face to notice.
“We have always used high quality ingredients and prepared them using classic cooking techniques,” Steve Ells, Chipotle's founder, chairman, and CEO, said in a statement. “We never resorted to using added colors or flavors like many other fast food companies do simply because these industrial additives often interfere with the taste of the food. However, commercially available tortillas, whether they are for us or someone else, use dough conditioners and preservatives. I’ve been on a quest for a better tasting tortilla for years, and we finally achieved a tortilla made the way you would make them at home, and they are simply delicious."