Review: Ancho Chile BBQ Burrito from Qdoba
My name is Dustin and I am an addict. I am addicted to the bountiful feast that is Qdoba. If you do not have a Qdoba in your area then the term ‘less fortunate’ was actually created to describe you specifically. They have it all. Burritos, nachos, quesadillas, tacos, beer (I know, right?) and a bitchin’ Three Cheese Queso that I regularly have to restrain myself from drizzling all over my open mouth and face. Now that your minds eye has been properly abused with that terrifying image, I am going abruptly switch subjects to talk about burritos. I went with the Ancho Chile BBQ Burrito.
The Ancho Chile BBQ Burrito is described like this:
Inspired by Mexican molé, the sauce in this BBQ burrito is slightly sweet, with spicy chiles, hickory, smoky mesquite and just a hint of chocolate.
This burrito was huge. I actually weighed the thing before I tore into it… 1.2 pounds. I cannot say that I am surprised as I frequent Qdoba well, frequently, but I can say that regardless of your feelings on burritos, barbecue or Qdoba, that is an impressive figure for a single entree. Moving on. Ordering this burrito, made right in front of you Subway style, you have several important decisions ahead of you. You get your preference of chicken or pulled pork (I chose pork due to the fact that I am partial to the Chicken Queso Burrito and usually get chicken), cilantro-lime rice with black or pinto beans (I chose pinto), your choice of five different salsas of varying intensities (I opted for no salsa in light of the fact this burrito comes standard with ancho chile BBQ sauce.) I also added cheese and sour cream, declining the guacamole and/or grilled vegetables.
Feasting, I savored each bite of the tender, juicy pork. I generally opt for chicken or beef dishes, but the pulled pork was surprisingly appetizing. The barbecue sauce was sweet, slightly tangy and added just a hint of spice. The best way I can describe it is as a tingle. Nothing painful, no real heat, but you could tell that there was a little pepper hiding amongst all that deliciousness. The rice was thoroughly cooked, not overly done and had a hint of lime flavored with tiny bits of cilantro. On this specific burrito I feel that the sour cream was a mistake. It diminished the flavor of the barbecue sauce, gave the whole burrito a strange, sodden texture and just did not mesh with the other ingredients. The cheese was flavorful and slightly melted from the heat of the rest of the meal. It held the burrito together somewhat, thought due to the size and the ingredients used there was still some inevitable mess.
I do still prefer my old stand-by, the Chicken Queso Burrito, but the Ancho Chile BBQ Burrito was a nice change of pace. As always, I would have liked more spice, however an adventurous soul could certainly fix that with Salsa Roja or Fiery Habanero Salsa. I mistakenly added sour cream which detracted from the overall appeal of the entree, but aside from that, I was very pleased with my Tuesday night dinner. I got a heck of a lot of food with great flavor and a large drink for under ten bucks. I highly recommend trying out this burrito, if for no other reason than to sample their wares and get you wondering about what other creations lie in wait for your next visit.
Pros: Lightly spiced barbecue sauce can appeal to everyone, savory pulled pork, high quality AND high quantity ingredients.
Cons: I imagine this baby is much better without the sour cream
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: Qdoba.com
Ancho Chile BBQ Burrito (w/ pulled pork, pinto beans, rice, sour cream, cheese and ancho chile BBQ sauce)
Calories – 1140
Total Fat – 36 grams
Saturated Fat – 17 grams
Cholesterol – 135 milligrams
Sodium – 2700 milligrams
Carbs – 149 grams
Sugars – 18 gram2
Dietary Fiber – 15 grams
Protein – 54 grams