Chipotle: The Calorie Hacks to Know About…

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I have developed a near constant craving for Mexican food – specifically black beans. The upshot of this was spending a merry half hour this weekend googling recipes for said beans which I fully intend to try when I a) remember to buy the beans b) have a spare six hours in which to soak them knowing that I’ve also got a spare two hours the next day to tend to them while they cook. In the meantime however I am spending waaay too much time going to Chipotle when I’m in London.

My standard order in a Chipotle is a chicken burrito with everything – however, mindful of the fact that I’m supposed to be losing the 3lb I gained in the US (for which burritos are partly to blame) I’m attempting to cut my calories/carbs by only eating half the wrap causing me to scoop out the middle. mash it all up and eat it with a fork (it’s not an attractive meal). However, I was pondering, what would happen if I did the sensible thing and just ordered the Burrito Bowl – which is the ingredients without the tortilla – and behold, I came across the ‘Chipotle Nutrition Calculator’ – a handy little device that allows you to add or subtract ingredients in your meal and work out the calories accordingly.

I was slightly horrified to discover that my ‘give me everything’ burrito was 1235 calories – I’d estimated about 800-900, but my ‘tortilla sacrificing trick’ did cut that by about 150 calories (big whoop!). So, what happens if you alter it in other ways – here’s the answers….

If you skip the tortilla completely – you lose 290 calories

If you say no to the sour cream – you lose 120 calories

Dump the extra guacamole – save money (as it costs extra) and lose 150 calories

Remove the cheese – to be honest, it’s not melted so it doesn’t add anything – lose 100 calories

Dump the beans – save 120 calories

Reduce your carbs by cutting the rice and you’ll save 160-170 calories

Choose sofritas (tofu) over meat – save 25-45 calories

Or choose the Barbacoa over the other meats to save 20

Cut out the corn salsa – lose 80 calories

Of course you don’t want to do all of these things, because then you’ll just end up with a plate of lettuce, and salsa – but picking the two or three items you’ll miss least could save hundreds of calories. For me this would be the tortilla wrap, the cheese, corn – and maybe the rice. Non negotiable is the meat, the beans, the salsa, the sour cream and the guacamole. Total calories consumed – 580 – Total saved 530-630. So, what would you cut out?



  1. Michelle Frost

    I love Chipotle and was dismayed when I saw how many calories a burrito or even the burrito bowl has. I cut the wrap out, the sour cream (lactose intolerant anyway), and only get the chicken, cheese, beans, white rice with cilantro (yum), salsa and then their chips. Oh my! The chips. That is my downfall. I keep the beans (protein and filling), keep the cheese (calcium and it wouldn’t be right without cheese), rice (it’s filling and yummy), and the chicken (protein). Thankfully, I don’t eat there often.

    1. healthehelen

      It’s quite scary isn’t it – although I was very pleased with my ‘makeover’. Makes it seem very manageable. All I’ve got to do is remember to order it and not go onto autopilot.

      1. Michelle Frost

        I had pizza and breadsticks for lunch today. I feel bloated and miserable. 🙁

  2. katyhancock

    I would never cut the guac (because I LOVE it and I don’t eat meat), but I would have no problem losing the tortilla (which just makes things messy) and the cheese (which I barely even taste)

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