How Much Does Qdoba Catering Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

The hot taco bar or tortilla soup from Qdoba Mexican Grill is the perfect answer for business meetings, special events, or other social gatherings.  Anytime you have more than 20 people to feed, Qdoba can be the perfect solution for your catering needs.

The cost of Qdoba catering will depend on the restaurant location, the number of people you have to serve and the catering option you choose.

Qdoba’s Naked Burrito Bar by college.library, on Flickr
Qdoba’s Naked Burrito Bar” (CC BY 2.0) by  college.library

How much does Qdoba catering cost?

On average. catering at Qdoba is anywhere from $7 to $12 per person, with a one-time $25 delivery fee as long as within their travel radius.  The costs will depend on the catering package, the location, the type of food you choose and if you prefer any add-ons.

Refer to our table below to see what the average catering could cost.  These costs will vary depending on the location, so it’s best to take this as an “average” estimate.

Type of CateringPrice
Hot Taco Bar (10 person minimum)- $10 per person
Hot Nacho Bar (20 person minimum)- $10 per person
Hot Naked Burrito Bar (20 person minimum)- $10 per person
All Box Lunches (grilled chicken, steak and/or veggies)- $8.50 per person

NOTE:  All of these prices come from the official Qdoba catering website.

A forum member on this Gardenweb.com forum thread said he was quoted $170 for 20 people.

Qdoba catering overview

With the taco bar, it will include steak, which is lean, trimmed beef that is marinated and grilled to perfection, kept hot in the chafing stand.  The chicken is marinated in a flavorful adobo sauce, then grilled fresh, kept hot in the chafing stand.  Lastly, the flour tortillas for soft tacos and corn taco shells are included for hard taco bars.  All of the bar setups will come with the salsa, as we explain next, the cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and chips.

Qdoba offers three salsas:  Pico de Gallo, which is a mild salsa made fresh with tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño chiles, cilantro and lime juice.  The Salsa Verde is a medium, tangy green salsa with tomatillos, jalapeño chiles, garlic and cilantro.  The Tomato Jalapeño is a spicy red salsa with roasted tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño chiles. All three are included with all bar orders

Qdoba will send at least one person to the site of the event.  This person will set up all the dishes, pull out all the food, and make sure that everything stays fresh and filled while people are eating.  This person will then put all the food away and clean up all the equipment.  However, you will simply pick up the food and equipment from the store and you will have to set it up and run it yourself.  This depends on the restaurant that you choose and the price you are willing to pay.

The food that is catered will be served in chafing dishes, a chafing stand, and warmers.  (You may keep the chafing stand to use with your next Hot Taco Bar or return it to the Qdoba Mexican Grill you received it from and get two complimentary Signature Burrito coupons.)

In order for your guests to know exactly what they are eating, table tents are included to clearly identify the meats and salsas.

All serving utensils, plates, napkins and matches will also be included.

What are the extra costs?

Add-ons, as noted in the table below, need to be budgeted for if you were to need them.  These add-ons are optional.

Add-onAverage Price
Tortilla Chips and Salsa (serves 10)$18
3-Cheese Queso (20 servings)$25
Cilantro-Lime Rice or Seasoned Brown Rice (20 servings)$20
Black or Pinto Beans (20 servings)$20
Guacamole (6 servings)$7
Salsa (6 servings)$4

Beverages can range from $5 for a bulk lemonade or iced tea to $2 per bottled soda.

If you order or call them for a catering service in less than 24 hours, then you will have to pay an extra charge.

If any of the items that were used in the catering are lost or damaged, you will be responsible for the repair or replacement.

If you do have an attendant that runs the catering line for you, a tip isn’t required, but recommended.

Tips to know:

Call at least 24 hours in advance to save money and get the best bargain price.  They do not require a lot of lead time, but they do need some.

How can I save money?

You may keep the chafing stand to use with your next hot taco bar or return it to the Qdoba Mexican Grill you received it from to get two complimentary Signature Burritos in the future.


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