A Chipotle hack that went viral on TikTok became so popular that the burrito chain is officially adding it to the menu, much to the chagrin of its employees.
The hack was first posted on the video hosting service by Alexis Frost, and all you do is order a steak quesadilla with fajita veggies and extra cheese. According to the video, it's supposed to be a cross between a cheesesteak and a quesadilla, and Alexis rated it a 10 out of 10.
@alexis.frost @alexis.frost this has been one of my faves ever since it was suggested . #mrsfrost #chipotle #quesadilla #foodie #foodtok #fastfood ♬ mario sound - mandycap
Another fast-food TikTokker, Keith Lee, tried the hack but didn't like it as much, so he put his own spin on it. He ordered a side of Chipotle's vinaigrette dressing for dipping, a sauce that has a following in its own right, and mixed it with sour cream. Once he dipped the fajita quesadilla in that concoction, he declared it a 10 as well.
@keith_lee125 #stitch with @alexis.frost “Philly cheesesteak” from Chipotle taste test 💕 Chipotle Sauce hack 👉🏾 @hasaneats 💕 would you try it ? #foodcritic ♬ original sound - Keith Lee
Combined, the two videos have millions of views, and Chipotle decided to capitalize on the trend by adding the fajita quesadilla to the menu for a limited time. (A previous TikTok trend to take advantage of an online ordering loophole was shut down by the company last year.)
Starting March 2, you can order fajita quesadillas with any meat and vinaigrette on the side or the Fajita Quesadilla Hack and Keithadilla items exactly how the TikTokkers ordered them, sides and all.
Ironically, Frost attributes the fajita quesadilla to a Chipotle employee in her video, when in fact a lot of employees have taken to Reddit to complain about the hack as it soared in popularity.
"Every day that I work and someone asks me for a side of veggies that they didn’t order, extra cheese that we cannot add to the quesadilla, and vinaigrette that only belongs with salads, over some stupid TikTok," one presumed employee said. "I lose a bit of my sanity."
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According to other purported Chipotle employees, prepping more fajita veggies, cheese, and dressing to keep up with demand will be difficult when most locations are short-staffed as "burrito season" begins. What's more, the veggies smoke when cooked and make the tortilla press harder to clean.
If you'd like to try the viral fajita quesadilla, be sure to order it online. Not only is it an online exclusive, but some locations only have one quesadilla press in the back of the food-prep area, so you'll be annoying the line and the employees if you try and order it in-store since it takes so long to make.