Americans love Mexican food. There is something about this cuisine that sets our tastebuds tingling, and this passion has helped some of the biggest fast food chains in the world to grow. One of those chains is Qdoba Mexican Grill. When compared to some rival chains, this one is relatively young, yet with more than Grill locations in total, it’s far from small.
Qdoba Mexican Grill has been known by several different names in the past, and to confuse things even further, they trade under the name Qdoba Mexican Eats. They are currently owned by fellow fast food giant Jack in the Box, who acquired the brand back in 2003 and have helped it to grow since then, spreading throughout all of North America.
This chain can be traced back to 1992, when Zuma Fresh Mexican Grill opened its doors in Denver, Colorado. They chose the name Zuma because it was the name of the owner’s friend’s cat.
The restaurant proved to be very popular, but the name would later cause them some issues. They were forced to change it in the late 90s after after a lawsuit from a restaurant with a similar name. They chose the name “Z-Tech”, giving it little thought once more. But that name would also come back to bite them, as another lawsuit was filed by another company with a similar name.
As a result, Qdoba was born just before the close of the 20th century. These name changes didn’t do much to hurt sales or growth though. In fact, they grew to over two dozen locations in a few short years, and this growth continued into the 200s.
Jack in the Box acquired the chain in 2003. A few short years later, they had hundreds of locations and around 2012 they passed the 600 milestone.
There is a certain generic quality to many fast food chains and casual dining chains. After all, there is only so much you can do with a single cuisine. This is why many Mexican chains, Italian chains and other chains have similar menus. Qdoba Mexican Grill are a little different though. There are a lot of Mexican favorites on their menu. But they have also tried to separate themselves from what is a fairly saturated marketplace.
Their burritos are made in what is known as the San Francisco Style as well as the Mission Style. Essentially, this is a larger burrito, and one that comes packed with extra rice and a few other staples. They cram all of these ingredients in there by heating the tortilla with steam prior to preparing. This makes it a little more malleable, which allows them to create a denser burrito without ripping the bread or creating gaps in the fold.
There are also salads, tacos and soups. Some of the “less common” Qdoba Mexican Grill menu items include gumbo, which is made the Mexican way.
Qdoba Secret Menu
From the Del Taco secret menu to the Taco Bell secret menu, Mexican fast food chains are big on secret menus. The Qdoba secret menu isn’t quite as diverse, nor are there as many items to explore. However, the Qdoba secret menu does exist, and if you check with our dedicated and updated page you can see this for yourself.
You will also discover some additional items and information about Qdoba Mexican Grill, perfect if this is one of your favorite chains and you’re looking for new ways to enjoy it.
Qdoba Menu Prices
If you order a main menu item at Qdoba, you can come away with change for $10. This will come with a choice of salsas, with a number of interesting and unique flavors to choose from. You can also double up with their Craft 2 Menu or opt for one of their famous burritos, which cost about the same.
In fact, you won’t get much change for $10 at all. As a result, the Qdoba menu is a little more expensive than the Taco Bell menu and it’s somewhat more expensive than the Del Taco menu. In terms of price, Qdoba is not too dissimilar to Chili’s. The freshness and the quality of the food is also similar to this much-loved chain, albeit with more of an emphasis on authentic Mexican, and less on the Tex-Mex you will find at Chili’s.
The latest Qdoba Menu Prices can be found on our dedicated and updated page.
Qdoba Nutrition and Calories
Want to know how many calories are in a Qdoba burrito? You can find this information and more on our Qdoba Nutrition Info page.
Generally, this is healthy food. For the most part at least. Their Mission Style burritos pack in rice and vegetables, as opposed to the cheese and potatoes you will find in the California burrito. Of course, this is still one huge burrito, and there is a lot of bread and other starchy foods there, but as far as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein goes, you can’t go much wrong.
You can also cut down on carbs by opting for a bowl instead, and as explained in our Qdoba Nutrition Info page, there are are other ways that you can cut back on certain ingredients or calories.
If you’re a vegetarian, you will not have an issue finding suitable menu options. The same applies if you’re a vegan. Albeit to a lesser extent. They also have some gluten free options as well, and they also do their best to after for certain food allergies.
Qdoba may not have as many locations as their owner Jack in the Box. But if you focus purely on growth and age, they come out on top. The fact that it has undergone such rapid growth puts it on par with the likes of Taco Bell, which means the future could be very bright for this chain.
And if they are going to replicate Taco Bell, then we could see some international Qdoba Mexican Grill locations springing up within the next few years. But if Jack in the Box is anything to go by, then that might not be the case. After all, there are over 2,000 locations of the popular burger chain, yet most are focused on the Western US.
One country that Qdoba has expanded to is Canada. They opened their first location there in 2012 and have opened several more since then.
What better way to cater for a party than to get everyone’s favorite Mexican fast food? With Qdoba catering you can load up on your favorites and make sure everyone’s pleased. And if they are not big fans of Qdoba, just tell them its Chipotle. Or you could get both and have a Qdoba vs Chipotle contest. Although, as fun as that sounds, we wouldn’t want to be on bathroom cleaning duty after that massacre.
Click the Qdoba catering menu to be taken to the official site and see what’s available. Everything is reasonably priced as always, and because you’re buying in bulk you can typically save even more.
Qdoba hours differ from location to location. Some try to open 24/7, but many do not. Even individual stores don’t always have the same hours, as these are all subject to change. However, we found the follow times listed at one of their stores and checked these against more than 20 others. We found that while there were some differences, most of the stores stuck to similar hours:
- Monday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Friday: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:30 AM – 09:00 PM