Chipotle Nutrition Facts: Menu Choices and Calories

Best and Worst Health Choices at Chipotle

Chipotle Nutrition Facts
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Chipotle is known for serving fresh, simple food without artificial flavors or fillers. But what if you're trying to eat a more nutritious diet or struggling to lose weight? Is Chipotle food healthy? 

The personalized ordering and dining style at Chipotle makes it difficult to give a clear yes or no answer to that question. But there are ways to eat a diet-friendly meal at Chipotle.

Analyzing the Menu

One of the smartest things you can do before you dine at Chipotle is to check the menu online. The company provides a nutrition calculator to help you get a calorie estimate for your favorite food. But if you've ever eaten at Chipotle, you know that there can be quite a bit of variation in the preparation of your food. So the nutrition facts provided by the website are an estimate, not a guarantee.

If you're new to Chipotle, you'll see a wide range of tex-mex fare on the menu. You can get crunchy or soft tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, chips and salsa, guacamole and even a few alcoholic beverages.

Nutrition Facts for Popular Chipotle Menu Items

Chicken Burrito Bowl Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 burrito bowl (680 g)
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 825 
Calories from Fat 311 
Total Fat 34.5g53%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 2020mg84%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Dietary Fiber 24g96%
Sugars 10g 
Protein 56g 
Vitamin A 50% · Vitamin C 42%
Calcium 32% · Iron 28%
*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Many healthy eaters choose to order a "bowl" at Chipotle.  The bowl is essential a burrito without the high-calorie, high-fat wrapping. But your bowl is prepared according to your specific instructions, so there is no single nutrition facts label that covers every bowl combination. The label provided here includes chicken, guacamole, cheese, black beans, brown rice, corn salsa, and lettuce.

So what happens when you put your bowl into a wrapping to create a burrito? A single flour tortilla provides 300 calories, 10 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbohydrate, 7 grams of protein and 690 milligrams of sodium.

Tacos are also a popular menu item at Chipotle.

  • Three hard shell steak tacos with lettuce, cheese, guacamole, and tomato salsa provide 720 calories, 43.5 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbohydrate, 32 grams of protein and 1470 milligrams of sodium.
  • Three soft flour chicken tacos with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and tomato salsa provide 675 calories, 31.5 grams of fat, 48 grams of carbohydrate, 46 grams of protein and 1650 milligrams of sodium.
  • Three soft corn carnitas tacos with lettuce, cheese, guacamole, and tomato salsa provide 780 calories, 43.5 grams of fat, 53 grams of carbohydrate, 34 grams of protein and 1640 milligrams of sodium.

Healthiest Options

You can build a relatively healthy salad at Chipotle. But, again, the total calorie and fat count will depend on how you build the meal. Just ordering a salad doesn't guarantee that your final meal will promote weight loss.

A very basic salad with romaine lettuce, chicken, and tomato salsa provides 215 calories, 7 grams of fat, 33 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbohydrate and 860 milligrams of sodium.

  • include cheese and add 100 calories, 7.5 grams of fat, one gram carbohydrate, 6 grams of protein and 190 milligrams of sodium
  • include white rice and add 210 calories, 4 grams of fat, 40 grams carbohydrate, 3.5 grams of protein and 345 milligrams of sodium
  • include black beans and add 120 calories, 1 grams of fat, 22 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams of protein and 260 milligrams of sodium
  • include fajita vegetables and add 4 grams of carbohydrate and 170 milligrams of sodium

Keep in mind as you build your healthy salad, that the lowest calorie protein is sofritas or shredded tofu (145 calories, 10 grams of fat).

The highest calorie meat is chorizo which provides 300 calories and 18 grams of fat.

Unhealthiest Options

The best way to blow your diet at Chipotle is to load up on fillings in whatever food you order. For example, if you order a chorizo burrito and add brown rice, black beans, chili-corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole you'll consume about 1225 calories, 52.5 grams of fat, 128 grams carbohydrate, 61 grams of protein and 2505 milligrams of sodium.

And if you really want to set your healthy eating program back a few days, add an order of chips with guacamole (800 calories, 49 grams of fat and 795 milligrams of sodium) and a Patron margarita that provides 240 calories and no nutritional value.

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