Here’s why Chipotle’s guacamole is so expensive

Many people question and constantly wonder why Chipotle’s guacamole is so expensive. I now understand, I know why “guacamole is an extra charge.”

As a five-month employee at Chipotle, I have heard at least 1,000 customers ask, “Why is the guacamole an extra charge?” or “Why is the guacamole so expensive?” All I can feel is a teardrop roll down the side of my face because I hand-make the guacamole with love.

I show up to work on weekends at 8 a.m. I prepare my utensils and begin the lengthy guac-making process. Whoever is in charge of making the guacamole needs at least three hours from start to finish. Although the recipe is simple, the actual process of making the large batches of guacamole is what takes a large amount of time. Before the avocados are used, they must be destickered and blanched. Then they are cut, de-pitted, and the flesh is removed. The flesh is then ready to be salted and mixed with the vegetables.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and you might just say to me, “Shut up and do your job.” Unfortunately, some people seem to think that guacamole makes itself, but no!–Chipotle is not playing around when it says its guacamole is handmade. It’s even surprising because it’s what people want. Consumers want fresh, consumers want organic and they want quality, but they don’t seem to want to pay.

So next time you want to add guacamole for an extra $2.05, think about the people who made the guacamole. They too have feelings, and they are hurt when people ask why it’s so expensive.

If you really want guacamole and you are on a budget, I suggest getting your bowl/burrito without any meat or sofritas. Get yourself the fajita vegetables instead and your guacamole will be free.

5 thoughts on “Here’s why Chipotle’s guacamole is so expensive

  • October 17, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    I’m with Ed, a Mexican, my girlfriend, and her abuela, can whip up guacamole in no time flat. They charge people so much only to make pure profit. It’s got nothing to do with the process. If you got paid more I’d lean toward you but the process is not special and the price doesn’t benefit you. It’s to enhance the CEO. $2.20-$6.25 for guacamole. Chipotle is ripping people off. Avocados start at 0.49 per.

  • August 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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    Why so long ? I’m Mexican and I can make large badges of guacamole in like 10 minutes. Three hours ? What you do sing to the avocados ?

  • February 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    It is nice to see from the perspective of a working man and to hear about their struggle.

  • December 26, 2017 at 10:19 am
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    you dont get paid more just because you make guacamole, youll make the same wage regardless. the people at the top are making profit off those guac charges, if your argument was logical then the extra charge for guac should go to increase wages for those making it

  • March 1, 2017 at 8:28 am
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    Thanks for making the wonderful guacamole. I always enjoy it, and now I’ll appreciate it even more, knowing the care it is made with…

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