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Meal Plan for the Week With Chipotle

By Chris Zimmerman

March 20, 2024

You’ve probably had Chipotle and said to yourself, “I could eat this every day for the rest of my life.” Just typing that sentence made me long for guacamole. I wish I was joking. 

Lately, many Chipotle fanatics with similar cravings have turned to large catering orders from their restaurant to meal prep their own burrito bowls for the week. 

Curious if a Chipotle catering order is right for you? Dig in and find out! 

Chipotle catering meal prep: What’s included?

Chipotle offers several catering options, but the Build Your Own order is the most popular. 

The standard Build Your Own order comes with: 

  • 2 bases: cilantro-lime white rice, brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, lettuce
  • 1 protein: chicken, caritas, steak, barbacoa, sofritas, guacamole 
  • 2 toppings: fajita veggies, shredded cheese, sour cream, taco lettuce
  • 2 salsas: fresh tomato, roasted chili-corn, tomatillo-green chili, tomatillo-red chili
  • 1 tortilla: crispy corn shells or soft flour tortilla

Is this Chipotle meal prep hack affordable?

Chipotle enthusiasts across the internet report spending anywhere from $100 to $130 on their catering orders from the restaurant, with enough food to make ~10 servings. That ends up in a cost per serving of about $10 to $13. This can vary based on location. 

In my location, the total comes to $103.50. 

So, is it worth it? 

If you’re trying to eat out less, Chipotle catering can be a convenient and cost-effective meal prep option. A 2023 US Foods survey shows that nearly half of Americans spend between $11 and $20 per meal when dining out. Your average burrito bowl at Chipotle today will cost around $13 after tip. 

But if you’re feeling ambitious and want to save even more, a home-cooked option might be your best bet. While the average home cooked meal comes in at around $4.70 per serving, a convincing burrito bowl will likely cost a bit more.

Depending on the ingredients you choose, you can expect to pay ~$5 to $7 per serving* for the DIY alternative. Bonus points (literally) if you source your ingredients with brands and offers in the Fetch app and snap your receipt! 

*This is based on some quick napkin math done by yours truly.

Chart comparing price of packing lunch at home vs. Chipotle meal prep vs. dining in

The verdict: If you’re craving Chipotle and want to treat yourself to a week of burrito bowl bliss, a catering order is a solid deal.

(Pssst, there’s a Fetch gift card for that.)

Meal prep like a pro with free Chipotle gift cards

Before placing your order for a week’s worth of Chipotle, consider using some Fetch points for a free Chipotle gift card you can put toward your order.

Text reading, "Fetch: Turn receipts into burritos - get the app," next to Chipotle gift card and burrito

New to Fetch? It’s an app that turns your receipts into points you can redeem for rewards. Like free gift cards from your favorite stores and restaurants.

Just shop, snap your receipts and enjoy the rewards. 

Chipotle gift card card FAQs

When can I use my Chipotle gift card from Fetch?

Gift card rewards take 3 days to process. Once your reward is ready to use, we’ll let you know in the app! 

How do I activate my Chipotle gift card? 

Once your gift card is processed, it’s active and ready to use. 

Can I use my Chipotle gift card online and in-restaurant?

Yes! This gift card comes with an E-Gift Card code and scannable code for in-restaurant purchases.

How do I use my Chipotle gift card? 

Tap your Rewards tab, go to My Rewards and select your Chipotle gift card. From there, tap View redemption instructions and access all the information needed to use your reward. 

How do I add my gift card to the Chipotle app? 

  1. Open the Chipotle app and sign in.
  2. Go to your Account tab.
  3. Go to Payment Methods.
  4. Select the New tab.
  5. Click on Gift Card.
  6. Enter your gift card code.
  7. Finish by clicking on Add Card.

Will my Chipotle gift card expire?

Currently, Chipotle gift cards do not expire. Check their website for more information. 

Now you’re ready to meal prep with Fetch!

Whether you’re going to make an order from Chipotle or do your own thing in the kitchen, Fetch can help. Grab the Fetch app, earn points every time you shop and turn them into free burrito bowls! Or Starbucks. Or maybe a Visa Cash Card. 

With hundreds of gift cards to choose from, there’s a reward for everyone. 

See you in the app!

Topics: Food and Drink, rewards, Shopping Lists


Chris Zimmerman

Chris Zimmerman is a copywriter here at Fetch. Before joining the #FetchFam, he penned web content, TV scripts and more for virtually every brand category you can think of.