I first visited a Chipotle Mexican Grill a couple of summers ago (see a post about that experience). I was impressed. At the time I estimated that a Chipotle burrito weighed close to a half pound. Since then I have returned to Chipotle and each and every time I wonder about the weight of the burrito I purchased. Sadly I do not travel with a scale.
It got to the point that this unresolved issue was lingering in the back of my mind like an itch I could not scratch. How much does a Chipotle burrito weigh? Then a new Chipotle came to State College at 116 Heister St, which is rather close to my lab. In my lab there are many precise scales. Opportunity beckoned.
Now I usually do not eat lunch when I am on campus. In my 4+ years here at PSU I have purchased lunch once while on campus. It’s just something I avoid doing. But at times situations arise that demand a change in routine, such as the need to weigh a burrito.
This afternoon I walked to Chipotle and bought a barbacoa burrito (barbacoa, white rice with cilantro and lime, black beans, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce in a flour tortilla). I scurried back to my lab. I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about weighing this burrito.
The burrito weighed in at 669.4 grams. That’s the equivalent of 1.47577 pounds. Effectively tripling my previous estimate of 1/2 pound. That is a heavyweight burrito.
No reputable experiment is finished until replication has been done. I need to weigh a few more Chipotle burritos and a few fajitas to fully reach closure. I’d love to see one break the 1.5 lbs mark.
There are so many things to be curious about in this world.