Former Chipotle Worker Says The Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla Hack Is A Fire Hazard

Chipotle claims that there are over 65,000 order combinations that can be made using the fixings it offers, according to Insider. For some diners, that seemingly endless number of possibilities might be a bit overwhelming. However, for others, the various options coupled with the chain's "choose your own adventure"-style of ordering means having the ability to get seriously creative with their food — and there has certainly been no shortage of creativity amongst the restaurant's fans.

Over the years, Chipotle customers and employees alike have come up with several ingenious meals, like the infamous secret menu Quesarito that TikTokers recently took to the next level. Speaking of TikTok, last month, another unique Chipotle menu hack began making the rounds on the social media platform thanks to TikToker Alexis Frost. In the December 20th installment of the series "Eating what Employees would order," the food-fluencer sampled what has become known as the Philly cheesesteak quesadilla, which consists of a quesadilla loaded with steak, fajita veggies, and extra cheese. "Definitely a 10," Frost declared in the post, noting in the caption, "This has been one of my faves ever since it was suggested."

Several foodies seem to agree, but despite being originally suggested by a Chipotle crewmember, it seems that some employees aren't exactly amused by the viral hack. Per TODAY, there have been several instances of customers being denied the Philly cheesesteak quesadilla, and recently, one former Chipotle worker offered a potential reason as to why.

Here's what to order if your Chipotle won't make the viral Philly cheesesteak quesadilla

Chipotle's Philly cheesesteak quesadilla menu hack has been spreading through the restaurant's fandom like wildfire ever since TikToker Alexis Frost sampled the employee-suggested dish on camera last month. However, it looks like the internet isn't all that the viral recipe can set ablaze, as making the dish apparently is a fire hazard.

The revelation was shared by TikTok user and former Chipotle employee Veronica Brown — who goes by @thatveronicagirl on the platform — in response to the backlash that TODAY says some customers have been getting from employees when trying to order the meal. According to the TikToker, a former boss would deny order requests such as the Philly cheesesteak quesadilla due to an alleged safety threat it posed. "Apparently it's a fire hazard to add anything extra to quesadillas. It doesn't make sense, but that's what he would say," Brown explained in a video on January 2, noting that the supposed rule is possibly set in the Chipotle handbook but not necessarily followed by every single employee across the brand (though this has not been confirmed).

The TikToker stressed that customers shouldn't be annoyed when Chipotle employees can't fulfill the order, and even suggested calling ahead to see if it can be made. And if you happen to get the dreaded "no," a TikTok user said ordering the viral item as a burrito rather than a quesadilla is a possible workaround.