About Qdoba Mexican Grill
Qdoba Mexican Grill is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant where anyone can enjoy a fresh, handcrafted meal. In each of Qdoba’s restaurants, guests are invited to participate in the creation of their entree by hand selecting ingredients from a broad menu of inspired, innovative flavors. An open kitchen concept allows Qdoba to showcase its passion for food, commitment to using high quality ingredients that are prepared fresh throughout the day, and dedication to taking the time to handcraft every meal served, so that every guest is guaranteed an exceptional experience. Founded in Denver in 1995, Qdoba is among North America’s largest Mexican fast-casual chains, with more than 600 restaurants in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Qdoba is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK).




Mango Madness Hits Qdoba

Qdoba Mexican Eats is now serving Mango Salsa and has reintroduced its Mango Salad, another perennial favorite, according to a company press release.

"Its bold, refreshing flavor is exactly what summer needs. Every year, our guests rave about the return of Mango Salsa," JP Patrick, culinary director at Qdoba. "We always want our guests to mix and match their favorite mouthwatering flavors, and now they can add Mango Salsa to any entree, at no extra charge." Recipe Link.

Qdoba Changes Restaurant Name

Qdoba Mexican Grill is now Qdoba Mexican Eats

Hoping to stand out further from the crowded fast casual Mexican space, Qdoba Mexican Grill changed its name to Qdoba Mexican Eats. The new name is the latest step on an ongoing effort to reinvent the Qdoba brand.

The brand evolution began in 2013, when parent company Jack in the Box Inc., based in San Diego, closed 62 underperforming Qdoba locations and hired a new brand president, Tim Casey, charging him with bringing the fast-casual Mexican brand out from under the shadows of competitors like Chipotle Mexican Grill.

After conducting extensive research, Casey began a comprehensive overhaul. In 2014, Qdoba reworked its menu pricing to a tiered structure built around choice of protein, rather than “nickel and diming” guests by asking them to pay extra for ingredients like guacamole or the brand’s popular queso sauce.

Throughout the brand evolution process, Qdoba, has also reworked its menu, introducing dishes with bolder flavors that attempt to further differentiate the brand.

On Tuesday, for example, the chain introduced a new line of six Knockout Tacos with slow cooked and grilled meats on soft corn or flour tortillas, which offer a contemporary twist on upscale street tacos.

Options include:

  • Drunken Yardbird with tequila lime chicken, guacamole, salsa verde, cilantro, minced onion and cotija cheese.
  • Mad Rancher with grilled chicken, bacon, quacamole, picante ranch, lettuce, pico de gallo and cotija.
  • Bohemian Veg, with cheese, black beans, corn salsa, guacamole, salsa verde, minced onions, cilantro and cotija.
  • Two Timer with pulled pork, salsa roja, shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, cotija and a crispy taco wrapped in a flour tortilla with three-cheese queso.
  • Triple Threat, with steak, bacon, three-cheese queso, fajita veggies, pico de gallo and cotija.
  • The Gladiator with steak, bacon, pico de gallo, lettuce, Mexican Caesar dressing, cilantro and cotija.

The recommended price is $3.50 for tacos individually or any three for $9.

New Menu Items at Qdoba

Qdoba Mexican Eats New Items:

  • Fire-Roasted Shrimp and Guac Burrito: Roasted shrimp, cilantro lime rice, black beans, guacamole and pico de gallo in a warm flour tortilla, $8.65 may vary by location
  • Cilantro Chimichurri: A condiment of cilantro, red onions, jalapeños, lime juice, garlic and other herbs, available with any entrée
Availability: Through April 23, 2018

Qdoba New Item: 

  • Green Tabasco Queso, Three-cheese queso with Green Tabasco added, free with any entrée or around $4, depending on the restaurant, with chips

Availability: Through March 2017


Qdoba Mexican Eats New Items:

  • Buffalo Bacon Queso: Three cheese queso with bacon and Buffalo flavor, free to add to any entrée
  • Queso Verde: Three cheese queso blended with tomatillos, cilantro and lime juice, free to add to any entrée

Availability: Through mid-December 2016


Qdoba Mexican Eats New Item: 

  • Outlaw Taco, slow-smoked brisket, ancho chile barbecue sauce, habanero salsa, corn salsa, cilantro and cotija cheese on a corn tortilla, $9 for three, may vary by location. The brisket is also available in burritos, bowls, salads, quesadillas soups and other tacos.

Availability: Through October 2016, or while supplies last


Qdoba Mexican Grill New Item: 

  • Spicy Tequila Mango Smothered Burrito, a burrito smothered in a sauce of mangos, habanero, lime and tequila.

Availability: Through July 17, 2015

Qdoba Mexican Grill New Items: 

  • Quesomole: Choice of queso with a scoop of guacamole on top, served with tortilla chips, price varies by location

Availability: Permanent

  • Bacon Jalapeño Queso: Three-cheese queso sauce infused with bacon and jalapeño, included in the price of a regular burrito

Availability: Through  May 2015

Qdoba Mexican Grill New Item: 

  • Smothered Burritos, choice of mild to medium Tangy Verde sauce, medium Bold Red Chile sauce or hot Smoky Chipotle Cream inside and on top of burritos, available at no additional charge.

Availability: Permanent

Queso Diablo

Qdoba Mexican Eats New Menu Items:

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Queso: Three-cheese queso with beef and bacon, $4

Availability: Queso of the Month for January

  • Smoked Brisket: Slow smoked brisket available as an option with any entrée, $8.40
  • Habanero BBQ Brisket: Slow smoked brisket with a habanero corn salsa and ancho chile barbecue sauce, $8.40

Availability: Permanent


Qdoba Mexican Grill New Item:

  • Queso Diablo: Qdoba’s 3 Cheese Queso (see sidebar for recipe) with jalapeño and chipotle peppers, first introduced in February and brought back in August, available as an addition to entrees or with chips. Price varies based on choice of entree. 

Availability: Permanent

Mango Mojo Limited Time Offerings


This summer, Qdoba Mexican Grill is spicing up its seasonal Mango offering with the introduction of the new sweet meets heat flavor of Mango Mojo. Mango Mojo – available now at all participating restaurants – is the unexpected, craveable combination of sweet mangos infused with the spice of chili peppers to create the perfect spicy-sweet flavor. Guests can experience the sweet heat of Mango Mojo through Qdoba’s three new summer 0f 2014 menu items:

Mango Mojo Burrito: Features Qdoba’s new spicy Mango Salsa and new spicy and sweet Mango Mojo Sauce, along with the guests’ choice of tortilla with rice, beans and protein, topped off with crispy romaine lettuce and crunchy tortilla strips. Costs around $7.29, depending on location.
Mango Mojo Salad: A spin on Qdoba’s classic Mango Salad, which first debuted on the menu in 2006. The new Mango Mojo Salad packs crisp lettuce, grilled chicken, classic Mango Salsa, and the new sweet and spicy Mojo Sauce in a crunchy flour tortilla shell, topped off with a splash of zesty cilantro lime vinaigrette dressing. Also costs around $7.29, depending on location.

Mango Mojo Trio: Qdoba’s classics meet Mojo in this masterful mashup, featuring signature Mango Salsa, 3-Cheese Queso and hand-smashed Guacamole served with handmade chips drizzled with the spicy-sweet Mojo Sauce. $3.99

The Spicy Mango Salsa starts with sweet diced mango and brings the heat with freshly diced jalapenos and a spicy diablo kick. The new Mojo Sauce is made with spicy and slightly sweet red chili sauce, while the Mango Mojo Sauce adds the sweetness of diced mangos to the Mojo Sauce base.

Availability: Through summer, while supplies last.

Breakfast Choices

Breakfast Bar at Qdoba.

Breakfast Choices at Qdoba Mexican Grill

Pick a Vessel
flour tortilla
whole wheat tortilla
naked in a bowl with no tortilla

Pick the Fillers
grilled chicken
sour cream

Pick a Sauce
3 cheese queso
ranchera sauce
roasted corn chile salsa
pico de gallo
salsa verde
salsa roja
habanero salsa
mango salsa

A Qdoba breakfast bowl with chorizo, eggs, potatoes, 
salsa, cheese and guacamole.

A loaded breakfast burrito at Qdoba.

Breakfast Quesadilla: Scrambled eggs and cheese, with sour cream and salsa.
 Served with grilled chicken or spicy Mexican sausage.

Roasted Chile Corn

Qdoba Copycat Recipe

6 ears of yellow corn
2 poblano chilies
2 jalapeno peppers
1/2 red onion, diced
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Roast the corn and poblano chilies on a grill. Cut the corn off the cob. Dice poblano chilies, onion and jalapeno peppers. Combine all the ingredients and season to taste.

Salsa Roja

Qdoba Mexican Grill Copycat Recipe

Makes 4-5 Cups

6 large tomatoes, red and ripe
2 -4 serrano peppers, depending on how spicy you like it
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons chicken bouillon
1/3 cup water
1/4 onion, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place the whole tomatoes in a saucepan with the peppers; cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer gently until the tomatoes are fairly soft but not falling apart - about 5 minutes. Drain, but reserve 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid. Mix the bouillon into the 1/3 cup reserved cooking liquid and pour into the jar of a blender. Add garlic; blend until the garlic is finely dispersed throughout the liquid. Add the tomatoes and peppers to the blender jar, and blend for a few seconds. Do not over blend. It should have a rough texture. Heat the olive oil in the bottom of a sauce pan. Add the chopped onion and saute a couple of minutes. Add the sauce from the blender. Cook on high heat, stirring from time to time scraping the bottom of the pan until the sauce is reduced - about 6 - 8 minutes.