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Weighing Chipotle Burritos

This afternoon I stopped by Chipotle, giving me an opportunity to weigh another burrito (557.9 g). That makes a total of five Chipotle burritos that I have weighed. Here are the numbers:

Presented graphically:
Based upon these data the mean weight of a Chipotle burrito is 596.2 grams (1.32 lbs).

So now if you hear the question “How much does a Chipotle burrito weigh?” you’ll have an answer.



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A Burrito, Fir Roots, and Phytophthora

Today I spent a long day in the lab (aside from a short diversion thanks to my Hort 138 TA responsibilities). I plated roots and leaves. Tomorrow I have another day of set up work, then the transfers will probably start on Saturday. That should put me on pace to start morphological identification of samples by the middle of next week.

The Rhododendron catawbiense leaf sections I plated today came from Petri dishes I set up 48 hours prior to the transfer. They looked like this:

Wait, it's a trap!

Pieces of rhododendron leaves are floating on the water surface, enticing the Phytophthora zoospores to hang out.

Plating fir roots is a time consuming process. It begins with washing the roots to remove any extra soil. The roots are then bathed in a 70% solution of 200 proof ethanol, rinsed, dried, and shallowly embedded in PARP plates. A major reason the process is slow is that contamination must be guarded against. Between steps the tools I’m using need to be sterilized and cooled. (It’s important not to place recently flame sterilized tools in 200 proof ethanol).

Around noon I decided to make a quick trip to Chipotle to purchase and weigh a burrito. I’ve been developing a theory that the weight of a Chipotle burrito can be predicted by the number of patrons in the store (maybe I should be more specific, the number of patrons ordering or in line to order . . . this does not include people eating in restaurant).

When I arrived and saw only three people at the counter ordering I knew things looked promising. And this happened:

610.8 grams of wonderfulness.

That’s the second largest Chipotle burrito I’ve had, and it stops a troubling trend I had been observing in declining weight. So here are my weighed burrito purchases:

Burrito #1: 669.4 grams — Patrons in store: 1
Burrito #2: 588.2 grams — Patrons in store: 6
Burrito #3: 554.6 grams — Patrons in store: 16
Burrito #4: 610.8 grams — Patrons in store: 4

Heed my advice, order your burrito when the store is slow.

I’m not sure about this, but I suspect you might have just read the first blog post in the history of the world to discuss both baiting of Phytophthora and weighing of Chipotle burritos.

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Chipotle Weigh-In III

Today I weighed another Chipotle burrito, and in the process I may have had a breakthrough in burrito weight prediction.

Another Chipotle burrito on the scale.

This was a chicken burrito with rice, tomato, pinto beans, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. Compared to my previous two weighed Chipotle burritos this one was a featherweight, weighing in at 554.6g (1.22 lbs).

The breakthrough that I had regarding predicting burrito sizing is this: burrito size at Chipotle shrinks as the number of patrons in the store increases.

Burrito #1: 669.4 grams — Patrons in store: 1

Burrito #2: 588.2 grams — Patrons in store: 6

Burrito #3: 554.6 grams — Patrons in store: 16

I think the explanation for this is that when the store is crowded the workers make the burritos more quickly. They are far more likely to use smaller portions at one or more stations. When the store is slow the burrito is built more deliberately.

The moral of the story: If you’re stalking a large burrito, remember that they don’t like crowds, shoot for an early or late lunch.


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Chipotle Burrito Weigh-In II

Last month I wrote a post about weighing a Chipotle burrito (A Chipotle Burrito Weigh-In). This afternoon I collected another data point ( I wish all data collection was as pleasant as a trip to Chipotle).

This time I ordered a chicken burrito with pinto beans, sour cream, medium sauce, and lettuce. Back in the lab I recorded the burrito’s weight: 588.2 grams (1.29675 pounds).

Does this foil make me look fat?

I’m not sure if this lighter weight is due to the contents of the burrito I ordered or the method of construction. More data points are needed. My study of Chipotle burrito weights continues.

If you’d like to contribute to this noble study simply leave a comment with the type of Chipotle burrito you had and it’s weight. If this research leads to a Nobel Prize I’ll give you a share.

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A Chipotle Burrito Weigh-In

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 moment of truth.

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.


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