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Burrito Breakdown: The Economics of This Mexican Favorite

Not many fast foods can boast the all-elusive combination of nutritious value, great taste and affordability. That is, with the exception of the burrito. For some $5 to $8, you can satisfy your hunger with a healthy helping of rice, beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream or guacamole — and let’s not forget your choice of meat. It’s no surprise that this Mexican favorite has won over the hearts and stomachs of millions of Americans — so much so that Zagat ranked Chipotle third in the “Best Value” category of its 2010 Fast Food survey and fifth in the “Best Grilled Chicken” category.

In this infographic, we look at the larger picture: a breakdown of the most commonly used burrito ingredients and their overall production and per-person consumption stats.