What to Eat at Chipotle: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

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Chipotle is known for serving fresh, simple Mexican-inspired food without artificial flavors or fillers. The restaurant offers a wide range of completely customizable crunchy or soft tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, chips and salsa, queso, and guacamole.

Even when you're presented with a variety of options, dining out can be tricky if you’re trying to eat a more nutritious diet or stay on track with weight loss goals.

One way Chipotle differs from other fast-food restaurants is its personalized approach to ordering and dining. You have the opportunity to choose items from the menu that are best suited to your individual dietary needs, preferences, and tastes.

That said, a highly customizable menu can also be overwhelming—especially if you aren’t sure how each meal option stacks up nutritionally.

Chipotle's website provides a nutrition calculator you can use to view the calories and macronutrients of your unique order. Chipotle staff make your customized meal to order, so while the online nutrition calculators can be a useful guide, they provide estimates rather than exact numbers.

If you have specific dietary needs, the website also lists the nutritional content, allergens, and even a few interesting facts about each individual ingredient.

What Experts Say

"Chipotle offers a variety of options that exclude common food allergens as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes. While there are options to add higher-fiber foods like whole grains, veggies, and beans to meals, the sodium content of many menu options is very high. If you eat here often, opt for lower sodium meals the rest of the day to help balance your intake."

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

Here’s a breakdown of the most and least nutritious meals you can create from Chipotle’s menu, as well as some tips to help you make informed choices the next time you drop in for a bite.

Navigating the Menu

When ordering at Chipotle, you'll start by selecting the meal type—burrito, burrito bowl, tacos, or salad—and then pick your ingredients and toppings. The highly customizable nature of their menu means that every meal will look a little different, but below you'll find a guide to some of the most and least nutritious ways to order a Chipotle meal.

Most Nutritious Options
  • Sofritos, beans, and veggie bowl (Burrito Bowls)

  • Chicken and veggie burrito (Burritos)

  • Crispy corn tortilla tacos with beans and veggies (Tacos)

  • Salad with beans, veggies, and salsa (Salads)

  • Chips and tomato green-chili salsa (Sides)

Least Nutritious Options
  • Carnitas, rice, beans, and veggie bowl with cheese, salsa, queso, and guacamole (Burrito Bowls) 

  • Steak, rice, beans, and veggies burrito with sour cream, queso, and cheese (Burritos)

  • Flour tortilla tacos with carnitas, rice, salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole (Tacos)

  • Salad with chicken, rice, beans, veggies, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and honey vinaigrette dressing (Salads)

  • Chips and queso (Sides)

Burrito Bowls

Totally customizable and made fresh before your eyes, Chipotle bowls are prepared according to your instructions. You can pick and choose from standards like beans and rice, or add interesting flavors from salsas, queso, and various types of meat and plant-based protein.

When you’re choosing a base for your bowl, opt for brown rice instead of white. Or, to reduce the carbohydrate and calorie content more, skip the rice altogether and opt for beans, salsa, and lettuce.

Most Nutritious Option

When you order a bowl with sofritas, pinto beans, fajita vegetables, tomato green-chili salsa, and romaine lettuce your meal will provide 320 calories, 11.5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrate, 17g protein, and 1,180 mg sodium.

By skipping the cilantro-lime rice (which adds an average of 210 calories, 4g fat, 40g carbohydrate, and 350mg sodium for a regular serving) and opting for sofritas (their plant-based option) as your protein, you can build a bowl that, while still heavy on the sodium, contains a good balance of macronutrients with fewer calories and fat than many of the alternatives.

If you don't want to skip the rice altogether, consider the brown rice option, which offers more fiber and a better nutrient profile than white. Ordering it "light" will cut the calories in half.

Least Nutritious Option

A bowl with carnitas (the most calorie-dense of the protein options), white rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, Monterey jack cheese, sour cream, and queso will run you 1165 calories, 64.5g total fat, 28g saturated fat, 86g carbohydrates, 52g protein, and 2,500mg sodium. 

Ordering double meat and/or heavy rice will further up the calorie, saturated fat, and sodium counts.

Burritos

Burritos at Chipotle take all the fillings possible for a bowl and wrap them in a large flour tortilla. The easiest way to reduce the calories of a packed Chipotle burrito is to share or save half for later. As with bowls, you can also specify how much of a specific ingredient you want, such as asking for extra veggies, light cheese, or sour cream on the side.

Most Nutritious Option

Opting for a burrito with chicken, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, and romaine lettuce will provide 550 calories, 16g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 60g carbohydrate, 41g protein, and 1,610 mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Ordering a burrito with steak, white rice, black beans, queso, fajita vegetables, tomatillo red-chili salsa, sour cream, Monterey jack cheese, and guacamole will give you 1,432 calories, 67.5g total fat, 24g saturated fat, 138g carbohydrate, 58g protein, and 2,930mg sodium.

Tacos

Smaller and more compact than a bowl or burrito, Chipotle’s tacos are another custom-made option. In addition to all the same filling options, with tacos, you have the choice between a crispy corn tortilla shell or a soft flour tortilla. You can order a single taco, but the typical meal comes with three.

Most Nutritious Option

A single crispy corn tortilla taco with black beans, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, light Monterey jack cheese, romaine lettuce, and light sour cream will offer 164 calories, 6.5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 20.5g carbohydrate, 5.5g protein, and 339.5mg sodium.

Ordering a meal of three ups the total calories to 490.

Least Nutritious Option

One flour tortilla taco with carnitas, white rice, roasted chili-corn salsa, Monterey jack cheese, guacamole, and sour cream will provide 401 calories, 21.5 total fat, 7g saturated fat, 35g carbohydrate, 16g protein, and 733mg sodium.

Turning that order into a meal of three ups the total calories to 1,200.

Salads

Like Chipotle burrito bowls, burritos, and tacos, salads are customizable with any and all the ingredients available. Salads start with a base of "supergreens" (a mix of romaine, baby kale, and baby spinach) or romaine lettuce and come with Chipotle's honey vinaigrette dressing.

You might choose a salad thinking it will be lower in fat, calories, and carbs than a burrito or bowl, but don’t assume it will be an overall healthier choice. Depending on the toppings you choose, the nutritional value can vary, and a single serving of the honey vinaigrette salad dressing has 220 calories, 16g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 18g carbohydrate, and 12g sugar.

Most Nutritious Option

Ordering a salad with supergreens, pinto beans, fajita veggies, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and light Monterey jack cheese will provide 235 calories, 5.5g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 33.5g carbohydrate, 13g protein, and 730mg sodium.

Opting for salsa instead of salad dressing will save on calories, fat, and added sugar. Of the salsas, the tomatillo green-chili salsa contains the least sodium (260mg)—compare that to the fresh tomato salsa which packs 550mg sodium per serving.

Least Nutritious Option

A salad with lettuce, chicken, white rice, black beans, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, Monterey jack cheese, sour cream, and the honey vinaigrette comes in at 1,100 calories, 47g fat, 18g saturated fat, 111g carbohydrate, 58g protein, and 2,985mg sodium.

To make a healthier salad, ask for your dressing on the side. Or skip it entirely and use salsa instead.

Sides

Chipotle’s main meal offerings are packed, so the restaurant keeps its sides simple. A favorite is the crispy, salty, tortilla chips with guacamole, salsa, or queso for dipping.

Chipotle's regular bag of chips is intended to share coming in at 540 calories, 25g fat, and 390mg sodium. Also on the menu is a large bag of chips, which offers 810 calories, 38g fat, and 590mg sodium.

Most Nutritious Option

Their regular chips and a side of the tomato green-chili salsa comes in at 560 calories, 25g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 77g carbohydrates, 7g protein, and 650mg sodium. Splitting this side is your best option—especially if ordered as part of a full meal.

Least Nutritious Option

An order of regular chips and queso provides 770 calories, 41g fat, 15g saturated fat, 82g carbohydrates, 20g protein, and 790mg sodium. Up that order to a large chip and large queso and you're looking at 1,270 calories, 71g fat, 26g saturated fat, 127g carbohydrate, 36g protein, and 1,390mg sodium.

Chipotle is also known for its guacamole, which can be added to any dish or had on the side for dipping tortilla chips. While a large order of chips and guac has around the same amount of calories, fat, and sodium as chips and queso, the guac has a lot less saturated fat: just 12g versus queso’s 26g.

Kid’s Menu

Kids can build their own tacos with many of the same ingredients available to adults, but Chipotle also offers a very basic cheese quesadilla that appeals to children and adults looking to keep it simple.

Along with the taco or quesadilla, kid's meals come with a choice of sides including a small bag of chips or fruit (typically a clementine) and choice of milk, chocolate milk, or apple juice. For the healthiest option, opt for the fruit and regular milk.

Most Nutritious Option

A build-your-own (BYO) crispy corn tortilla tacos with chicken, black beans, and fajita veggies offer the most balanced meal option with 325 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 36g carbohydrate, 23g protein, and 370mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

The kids' quesadilla with chicken, white rice, and black beans comes in at 410 calories, 14.5g fat, 5.5g saturated fat, 50g carbohydrate, 19g protein, and 745mg sodium.

Beverages

Drink choices may vary by location (some restaurants even offer alcoholic drinks), but most Chipotle restaurants offer several flavors of bottle juice by brands like Nantucket Nectars (240–280 calories) and fizzy juices from Izze (160–170 calories) as well as an array of fountain drinks and fresh brewed iced tea. Of course, the most nutritious, hydrating option is just plain old water.

Diet-Specific Options

Chipotle offers choices for gluten-free, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, and low-FODMAP diets, but is not a good choice for people following a low-sodium diet.

Gluten-Free

If you're eating gluten-free due to Celiac's disease, Chipotle is one fast-food restaurant that will take extra steps to help you avoid the allergen.

Chipotle's Gluten-Free Statement

If you avoid gluten, don't eat our flour tortillas. If you are highly sensitive to gluten and would like us to change our gloves, just let us know at the start of your order. You should be aware items containing corn, including corn tortillas (chips and crispy corn tortillas) and corn salsa, may have trace amounts of gluten from potentially co-mingling with gluten-containing grains in the field.

Low-Carb

  • Keto Bowl with carnitas, romaine lettuce, tomatillo red-chili salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, and guacamole
  • Whole30 Salad Bowl with carnitas, romaine lettuce, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, and guacamole
  • Paleo bowl with barbacoa, romaine lettuce, fajita vegetables, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and guacamole
  • Salad with chicken and fresh tomato salsa

Low-FODMAP

  • Carnitas
  • Corn tortilla (bowl or taco)
  • White or brown rice
  • Lettuce
  • Ask for plain corn, bell peppers, or tomatoes.

Diabetes-Friendly

  • Paleo bowl with barbacoa, romaine lettuce, fajita vegetables, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and guacamole
  • Corn tacos with steak, fajita vegetables, tomatillo salsa, guac, lettuce, and cheese
  • Burrito bowl with brown rice, carnitas, lettuce, guac, and fajitas vegetables
  • Whole30 Salad Bowl with carnitas, romaine lettuce, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, and guacamole
  • Keto Bowl with carnitas, romaine lettuce, tomatillo red chili salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, and guacamole

Low-Fat

  • Chicken, black beans, fajita vegetables, lettuce, and salsa bowl (guac on the side or ask for a half order)
  • Pinto or black bean salad with fajita vegetables and salsa.
  • Crispy corn tortilla taco with extra veggies, chicken, lettuce, and salsa.
  • Bowl with lettuce, barbacoa, salsa, and fajita vegetables.
  • Vegan bowl with brown rice, black beans, sofritas, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and lettuce.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Many of Chipotle's ingredients are vegetarian and vegan. Burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads can all be made without meat and you have the option of using beans or tofu as a protein source.

Chipotle also offers specially-made vegan bowls with brown rice, black beans, sofritas, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and lettuce.

Other items that are vegetarian and vegan include:

  • Rice
  • Salsa
  • Chips
  • Vegetables
  • Guacamole

If you don't eat dairy or are lactose intolerant, know that Chipotle uses shredded Monterey Jack cheese with vegetable-based rennet.

Food Allergies and Safety

Chipotle offers an easy-to-read chart for diners with food allergies or special dietary needs. The company also provides a full list of ingredients used to prepare its food.

Chipotle also states the following allergens are not ingredients in any menu items. However, the company cannot guarantee orders have not come into contact with these allergens through other means (such as production, transport, storage, etc.)

  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Mustard
  • Eggs (except at locations that serve breakfast)

A Word From Verywell

if you're dining out at Chipotle, you'll have a nearly unlimited number of possibilities when it comes to creating your own burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. As long as you approach the counter with your dietary needs, preferences, and goals in mind, you'll have a variety of nutritious options to choose from.

The most important thing to remember, whether at Chipotle or another restaurant, is to be mindful of portion sizes. Consider sharing your chips and guac with a friend or getting two meals out of one burrito.

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