Chipotle: Thar's BACON in them thar beans...

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    Aug 20, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    Because anytime there's a story about bacon, it should be posted here on RJ...

    http://www.ktvu.com/news/28910975/detail.html?cxntlid=cmg_cntnt_rss

    KTVU-TVBERKELEY, Calif. -- Chipotle said it would change its menu after customers found out about a secret ingredient, bacon, lurking in some of its beans.

    At a Chipotle restaurant on Telegraph Avenue near the UC Berkeley campus numerous people were surprised to hear that the restaurant’s beans were not only not vegetarian, they're not kosher.

    One of Chipotle's main ingredients in pinto beans is a small amount of bacon, according to the company's website...

    Muslims and kosher-practicing Jews, even some Christians don’t eat pork, so, they couldn’t eat Chipotle's pinto beans...

    The restaurant’s menu currently says nothing about bacon.

    People who ask for vegetarian items are told that the pinto beans have bacon, so they should have the vegan black beans.

    KTVU spoke with a Chipotle spokesman Thursday afternoon and he said the company will be changing its in-store menus to say that the pinto beans are made with bacon.

    According to the company, this change will happen in the next few months.


    Just a clarification, they're not changing the menu to remove the bacon from the beans, they're just changing the menu to make it clearer the pinto beans have bacon in them.

    The senior editor at MAXIM magazine is the guy who got the ball rolling, and is going through Twitter hell for saying anything about it...

    http://consumerist.com/2011/08/tweets-get-chipotle-to-change-menus-to-show-pinto-beans-cooked-with-bacon.html

    Seth PorgesI have eaten at Chipotle an average of once a week for more than a decade. In total, the number of times I have visited various Chipotle restaurants probably numbers in the hundreds. Virtually every time, I order the same dish, with the same type of beans: Pinto.
    Yesterday, on a visit to Chipotle, one of the employees revealed to me that the Pinto beans have bacon in them.

    Me: "Seriously? Nobody has ever told me that before."
    Her: "Really? Well we're supposed to tell customers there is bacon in it."

    Hundreds of visits, more than 10 years, and not once have I ever been told this. This would not be a huge deal, except that I do not eat bacon for religious and cultural reasons, and have unwittingly consumed it hundreds of times over the past decade. I have a hunch that millions of other non-pork eaters have likewise been consuming bacon at Chipotle without realizing it.

    When I found out about the bacon, I immediately felt ill and queezy, and am not exaggerating when the thought of what I had been eating for the past decade nearly made me through (sic) up.

    I find it unacceptable that it is not posted on the menu that the pinto beans contain pork or any other type of meat. My experience has proved that, even if Chipotle employees are instructed to inform patrons of the bacon's presence, they rarely (if ever) do.

    I am of the belief that immediate action should be changed to fix this problem, which strikes me as quite serious. I suggest posting the bacon as an asterix to the "Pinto" listing on the menu, or calling it "Pinto and bacon".

    I have also taken to Twitter to air my grievances and to see if anybody else has had problems with this.
  • commoncoll

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    Aug 20, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    I have heard that a person who doesn't eat pork knowingly still consumes about one pig over their lifetime from food sources like this.

    This is why I only eat baked fish, some pastas, and salads in restaurants. Even their vegetarian soups have beef broth in them. The Mexican restaurants definitely have meat in their beans. Their rice has meat broth/ lard in it.

    This is very sneaky of Chipotle. But I don't go there, so I could not care less.
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    Aug 20, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    It´s not sneaky. Food doesn´t exist to deal with the neurosis of non-meat eaters
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    Aug 20, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
    I don't have a great sense of taste, but even I knew their pinto beans weren't simply boiled in water. I just assumed they were boiled in some type of meat broth. Now that I know it's bacon, it just makes their burritos seem even more tastier! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    How can the "main ingredient" in the pinto beans be a "small amount of bacon" that doesn't make any sense :p
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Black beans are healthier anyways.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 21, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    It's pretty traditional to cook pinto beans with bacon. Mmmmmmmmm NomNomNomNomNom
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    Aug 21, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    if you dont eat pork than you should ask if theres pork in the food you are ordering. having worked years as a server this shit was retarded. someone would order chicken and then freak out that the rice was in a pork stock. if they ordered a vegetarian item id tell them but why should i assume someone doesnt eat pork, especially if they are eating chicken. not my fucking issue. not chipotles issue. this isnt sneaky. itd be sneaky if they were putting poison in the food. fuck
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 21, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Agreed. If eating pork is that huge of an issue, then either ensure that it's entirely pork or meat free, or make it yourself.
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I think I saw bacon in their one day and I was like "oh" but I don't like beans anyway

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    Aug 21, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    There's bacon in my Bloody Mary too...
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    as a vegetarian, I'm glad that I have never had their pinto beans. It does make me wonder if I can trust that company anymore. I tend not to go there very often because I find their portions to be way too big for me.
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    metta8 saidas a vegetarian, I'm glad that I have never had their pinto beans. It does make me wonder if I can trust that company anymore. I tend not to go there very often because I find their portions to be way too big for me.


    OH MY GOD YOU ARE A VEGETARIAN I WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    ScottSometimes saidThere's bacon in my Bloody Mary too...
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    That actually looks really good.

    Btw, there is an independent chocolatier In my town that makes chocolate bacon bark and chocolate chipotle bark. Both so yummy! icon_cool.gif
  • JP85257

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    Aug 21, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    IF you dont like something that a restaurant does....DONT FUCKING GO TO THE RESTAURANT.

    People like this should be kicked in the cunt.
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    Aug 21, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    sashaman said
    ScottSometimes saidThere's bacon in my Bloody Mary too...
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    That actually looks really good.

    Btw, there is an independent chocolatier In my town that makes chocolate bacon bark and chocolate chipotle bark. Both so yummy! icon_cool.gif


    That drink is the breakfast of champions i'm thinking! I've heard of bacon chocolate chip cookies before, so i'm not terribly surprised by that.
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    Aug 21, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Kicking myself for ordering black beans at lunch when all of this bacon was just sitting there like a shy Japanese boy not saying anything in the pinto beans.
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    Aug 21, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    That sucks for the Muslims/Jews.
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:54 AM GMT
    I am hindu. I didnt know pinto beans are not vegetarian. Then someone told me they have some sort of beef broth in it. I dont think I ever considered eating it since then. But this bacon story is new to me. Well, I was saved either way!
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    Aug 21, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    luvitohateit saidThat sucks for the Muslims/Jews.


    Hello! dont ignore us hindus! Or vegans. Or vegetarians. :-)
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    Aug 21, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    All this bacon talk is getting me going lol... I have to bust out the fryer.
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    Aug 21, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    If the ingredient was listed on their website you can't call them dishonest. Vegetarians/vegans/pork-avoiders know that it can be tricky ordering food in general due to hidden ingredients. so it is their responsibility to read ingredients on labels or websites rather than simply assume something is vegan.
  • metta

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    Aug 21, 2011 7:20 AM GMT
    blackstrap said
    metta8 saidas a vegetarian, I'm glad that I have never had their pinto beans. It does make me wonder if I can trust that company anymore. I tend not to go there very often because I find their portions to be way too big for me.


    OH MY GOD YOU ARE A VEGETARIAN I WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED


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    Aug 21, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    I feel like this is nothing new....

    Pinto beans are usually retried in lard so why would slipping some bacon in be any big deal. I observe halal- kosher practices so I've always got black beans.