Whether you’re on the road, on a lunch break of just too lazy to make dinner yourself after a long day, Qdoba is a favorite place to stop for all burrito lovers, and why not?  There’s a location on almost every corner, it tastes great and it allows your to load up a burrito with all your favorite things.

The downside?  Lead guitarist JB Brubaker of the band August Burns Red summed it up in an interview when asked about the challenges of eating while his band is on tour:

“…’cause you end up doing a lot of fast food or…Chipotle and Qdoba and stuff, which taste great, but it’s not very good for you.”

Consider the ingredients that go into a grilled chicken burrito:

Flour tortilla
Pinto beans
Cilantro-lime rice
Grilled chicken
Salsa roja
Lettuce
Shredded cheese
Sour cream

Cost: around $8-10 before adding a drink or making it a combo
Calories: 1100
Total Fat: 396

[source: Qdoba nutrition facts]

And that’s just for one burrito.  Think if you were buying for more!  So what’s a solution?  It could be just as easy as staying home.

No, this doesn’t mean you have to avoid eating burritos forever, but rather, why not just buy all the stuff you need and make them at home?  Forgoing fast food and opting for homemade has many advantages such as being able to control what goes into it in terms of ingredients used and you can control your own portion sizes.  As a result, this can help you cut calories and starting eating better.

Here are some of the ingredients you can use*:

Flour tortillas usually run pretty cheap.  However, if you really want to go the extra mile, you can also make your own:

  • Bag of flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Some kind of fat (lard or butter can work
  • Water

Tomatoes
Cilantro
Peppers (jalapeno, habanero, serrano, poblano, etc.)
Chicken/beef/steak

Keep in mind, how much in ingredients you end up buying is largely dependent on how many mouths you’ll be feeding and how long you want it to last (cooking in bulk also has its advantages).

Just something to keep in mind before you decide to go out for a burrito next time.

*-Prices of ingredients vary by location