How to Order Food in English

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to pronounce “Chipotle,” a popular place to eat lunch in the US, learn how to order, how to ask important questions about food, and practice the pronunciation of common food items. It’s a delicious lesson!

This is not sponsored and not an ad for Chipotle, I just happen to really like them and a lot of people have asked how to pronounce it.

How to Pronounce Difficult Foods

In the video lesson (make sure to play and listen!) you’ll learn how to pronounce some tricky words in English that come from Spanish such as:

Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Tortilla, Barbacoa, Carnitas, Sofritas, Guacamole, Fajitas, Queso and more.

You can hear some common and some not-so-common fruit drink flavors too:

Peach Pineapple Pomegranate, blackberry, clementine, grapefruit

How to Order Food in English

Next in the lesson, I show you how to order your food like a native. Listen for key useful phrases and questions for ordering food and making special requests such as:

Hold the —

This means to not include an item.

On the side —

This means to put an item in a separate container, not touching the main food items.

I’d like to add the —

If you want to add extra items, use this phrase.

What kind of meat is this?

“What kind of…” is the correct structure to ask about a type or variety of an item within a larger category, such as meat.

Is X vegetarian? Vegan?

Vegetarian means without meat and vegan means without any animal product including meat, dairy, eggs or honey.

Does X have gluten, dairy, meat in it?

If you want to know if a specific item has certain ingredients, use this question.

Is this extra?

In this situation, “extra” means an additional charge, or more money.

Be sure to watch the lesson video to hear these phrases and for the complete explanation. Thanks for watching!


Now it’s your turn to speak! Watch the video and then see if you can remember the correct pronunciation of each word.

  1. I’d like to add _______ (guac/guacamole)
  2. What kind of meat is _______ (carnitas)?
  3. Is the SOFRITAS vegetarian?
  4. Can I get my ______ (burrito) to go?
  5. I’d like a POMEGRANATE soda.
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