DENVER — Chipotle Mexican Grill has eliminated all additives and preservatives from its tortillas, allowing it to achieve its goal to serve food only made with ingredients that contain no added colors, flavors or preservatives.
Chipotle began working to eliminate additives and preservatives from its tortillas in April 2015, when the company announced it had achieved its goal of moving to only non-bioengineered ingredients to make all the food served in its U.S. restaurants.
The chain’s new corn and flour tortilla recipes contain between two and five ingredients:
- Flour tortillas: flour, water, canola oil, salt and yeast.
- Crispy corn tortillas: corn masa flour and water.
- Soft corn tortillas: corn masa flour, water and a trace of lime.
- Tortilla chips: Corn masa flour, water, sunflower oil, lime juice and kosher salt.
The new tortillas were tested in Chipotle restaurants around the country beginning in January and are now served in all the company’s U.S. restaurants. With the new tortilla introduction, Chipotle said it now uses only 51 real ingredients to prepare all its food.
|Steve Ells, founder, chairman and c.e.o. of Chipotle|