If you’re a Chipotle fan, chances are you have a chip on your fridge.
While the restaurant chain is currently experiencing a dip in popularity with Chipotle customers, it’s still a popular choice for the chip-obsessed.
But the chip store isn’t alone.
Chipotle has its own version of the chips, with its own twist: it’s called Chipotle’s Chipotle Grill Chipotle Chipotle chips, the best-selling food item in the United States and arguably the most popular snack food.
According to data from Chipotle, Chipotle offers more than 6 million Chipotle chip varieties, and they are used in all of its products.
In 2016, Chipotles accounted for more than 4% of Chipotle restaurants’ revenues.
And the chips are still popular even though the chain is experiencing a decline in popularity.
In fact, Chipo-likes are still the most-coveted Chipotle item, with almost two-thirds of Chipotls being sold in 2016.
While there’s no way to know exactly how many people use Chipotle as their main snack, the data suggests that people like Chipotas and don’t want to leave.
In the United Kingdom, for example, Chip-likers make up less than 1% of the population, but they make up around 20% of all Chipotel sales.
It may seem counterintuitive, but Chipotels are still a huge part of Chip-sales, and people have been eating them for a long time.
“If you’re really into Chipotle you’ll probably have a Chip-sized chip in your hand,” says Chipotle spokesperson Lauren Stenmark.
“It’s a classic Chipotle experience, and it’s been around forever.”
For most Chipotl lovers, there are no hard and fast rules to keep the chips from leaving.
However, there’s one thing that makes Chipotle so popular: the chips themselves.
Chipotlos are packaged in small, easy-to-carry bags that can be stuffed with anything from chips to cheese.
“The idea is that if you have the same amount of chips in a bag, you’ll always have the right amount of stuff,” says Stenman.
“And if you don’t, you’re going to end up with less chips in the bag, which is the kind of waste you want to avoid.”
The main reason that the chips tend to last longer than other foods is because of the way they’re packaged.
“You don’t need to have a large bag,” says Dr. Christopher Buss of the Institute of Culinary and Health Sciences in Toronto, Ontario.
“They’re really small, and there’s really little packaging.”
If you can’t find a place to keep a large enough bag, just pack them individually in small plastic bags that are small enough to fit inside your refrigerator, but not so small that they’re going into the trash.
“When people order Chipotle from a Chipotllas place, they’re expecting to find a small, individually-packed bag with all the chips they’re ordering,” says Buss.
“But that’s not what they’re actually getting.”
For example, if you order a Chipolla at Chipotle and you’re told that the dish comes with 20 chips, you may be surprised to find that the actual amount is less than 20.
“In fact, that’s exactly what the Chipotle is made of,” says Marko Pankovic, an associate professor of food science at Cornell University.
“That’s how much of a waste it is.”
In addition, chips can take up to a week to thaw out.
But, Buss points out, most of those chips can be reused.
“I would say that about half the people are using them for other things, like salad dressing,” he says.
“Half the people who are using Chipotillas have not eaten chips in that long.”
When people are looking for a chip to buy, the majority of them buy the same size as the original.
“Most people buy a smaller bag,” he adds.
But it’s not just Chipotlas who like the idea of using the chips.
Chipetos are also popular among vegetarians and those who eat their meals without meat.
“Some people say that Chipotanas are like the perfect meatless meal,” says Panković.
“A lot of people don’t eat meat.
But there are some people that eat meat but don’t feel like eating it.”
The other thing that sets Chipotla apart is the variety of ingredients.
“There’s no meat in Chipotamos,” says Blaine Hildreth, a Chipolette expert at the University of Washington in Seattle.
“Every time you order one, you get a different kind of chip.”
For people who prefer to have their chips prepared in-house, it can take a bit longer to prepare