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Chipotle offers four ways to consume its product: burrito, burrito bowl, taco, and salad. Instead, I recommend a fifth way.

My favorite way—and the best way—to get Chipotle is by ordering a burrito bowl with a steamed burrito tortilla wrapped in tin foil on the side. To eat, I stir up the burrito bowl and then place forkfuls of the mixture in torn shards of the tortilla. The effect, which is more or less an adoption of the way people eat Ethiopian food, is what you see above.

Now, this is not the cleanest or easiest way to eat Chipotle. But I find it to be the most satisfying. Their burritos are fine in a pinch, but we’ve all had plenty of them that just give you big mouthfuls of rice. Chipotle tacos are mostly shitty. They get loaded up with enough food to fill a burrito, which is generous but ultimately results in a bunch food spilling out of the sides and onto your hands. Burrito bowls are great but I find this method to combine the best attributes of each: you get the warmth and softness of the tortilla, but every bite contains each component you ordered. And because you control how much food goes into your little tortilla pockets, everything makes it into your mouth.

I encourage all Chipotle connoisseurs to give it a try. This is not one of those “hacks” to get you more food or anything like that. It’s just a way to make your Chipotle experience as enjoyable as possible. I wager that, like me, it will make you so happy that you won’t feel any shame when you eventually do it at your desk.