Eating chicken from Chipotle won’t only help you watch your waistline, it will also cost you less than steak and barbacoa products. The company is raising prices on those meats by 4% to 6%. That means your burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads will cost considerably less with chicken or as a vegetarian option.
An $8.01 steak burrito, on average, will now cost $8.50. Chicken burritos on the other hand are just $7.25.
Wholesale beef costs have continued to increase, leading the company to increase prices, something that was first noticed by Eater.
Prices for beef have risen because of global droughts that have made it more expensive to raise cattle.
Chipotle even stopped serving carnitas for several months this year at hundreds of restaurants because of a pork shortage. Carnitas were pulled because the company found out that a major supplier of pork was engaged in awful animal treatment standards.
The company is now sourcing some of its beef from Australia and has begun serving more “conventionally raised” pork in areas where consumers demand it.
Chipotle co-CEO Steve Ells wrote in an op-ed article last year that the company is having a hard time finding conventionally raised beef, pork, and other ingredients because of the company’s increase from 800 to more than 1,600 stores.
Steak and barbacoa burritos cost the company approximately $1 more to make than chicken burritos.