If you’re wanting quick, easy, Mexican food in Australia, Guzman y Gomez is one of the best chains to visit. They pride themselves on their ingredients, you can customise things to pick what you like best, and, if you’re watching your calories you can adjust your order to keep things on the low side. However, to do that you have to know your way around the list of Guzman y Gomez calories…which is where we come in.
We’ve gone through the Guzman y Gomez nutritional information and picked out the lowest calorie options so you can go in there with a plan. Also, if you’re like me and work in calories rather than kilojoules you also don’t have to divide the instore information by 4.2 while a queue of hungry people tut behind you.
Oh, and if you do think in kilojoules, the lowest calorie option is also the lowest kj one so you can still take the advice that follows.
So, let’s start with the big question
What’s the Lowest Calorie Dish in Guzman y Gomez?
Not surprisingly, the absolute lowest-calorie meal is a salad – specifically, it’s the Mild Grilled Chicken Salad – and it has just 215 calories – without dressing (sorry, but you can still have the Pico de Gallo to make things interesting).
It also doesn’t allow for adding extra sour cream, cheese or guac – we’ll get to what happens if you add those in a minute!
I say that’s the lowest calorie meal as there are some other slightly lower-calorie dishes on the menu.
The Mild Grilled Chicken Soft Flour Tacos are only 194 calories each and the hard ones are slightly less at 193 calories.
You can also order the Mild Seared Barramundi version of all of the above for just 2-5 calories more a portion!!!
You could add a side of Black Beans for another 154 calories and have a pretty good meal for under 350 calories. Oooh, I think I have a new meal choice to try.
But what if you don’t want either of those? How many calories are in your other GYG favourites? Let’s look at some of the other menu options…
The Other Guzman y Gomez Calories…
Burrito Bowls: This is my go-to Guzman y Gomez choice when I’m watching my calories – I figure that leaving out the tortilla wrap must save me some calories – and it does.
The lowest calorie Burrito Bowl in GYG is the Mini Mild Grilled Chicken at 410 calories (ramp it up to Regular and you’re looking at 663). Again the Mild Seared Barramundi is super close to chicken calories at 413 for the mini version (and 668 for regular).
One odd thing I’m seeing – the spicier the option the more calories it contains. Not many, just under 20 difference between spicy and mild for a regular size but I’m surprised it makes a difference. It looks like the spicy options use a little more fat.
Anyway, I digress…let’s move to the next option, burritos.
Burritos: These are my favourite Guzman y Gomez dish and I’m pleased to see that if I do opt for one I’m not doing too much damage – it seems that adding a wrap to a mini-serve only adds 44 calories (or about 114 calories if you go regular) over picking the burrito bowl. You can walk that off in about 10 minutes!!!
Again, the Mild Grilled Chicken and the Barramundi are your lowest calorie variants – I suppose because of the way that the dishes in Guzman y Gomez are prepared there isn’t going to be a huge variation between the toppings, only how you have them prepared.
So, to give you your at a glance guide, you’re looking at 454 calories for the mini Mild Grilled Chicken Burrito (but a much higher 777 for the regular), 457 for the mini Mild Seared Barramundi (782 for regular).
Cali Burrito: ‘It’s fries in a Burrito’ is the tagline for this dish – add to the fact that it also comes with guacamole and not surprisingly, the Cali Burritos are a little bit higher in calories than the standard one.
The Mini Grilled Chicken Cali Burrito has 579 calories – 135 more than the standard. However, Grilled Chicken is NOT your lowest calorie option this time, that prize goes to the Mild Sauteed Vegetables with Guacamole which has just 528 calories (although it’s a bit more substantial 868 for the regular size).
To explain why, let’s look at our next entry – the Guzman y Gomez Nacho calories.
Nachos: Okay, gooey magnificence on top of corn chips is never going to be a super low-calorie food so let’s just accept that before we talk numbers!
And again, like with the Cali Burrito, the lowest calorie option for the nachos is the Mild Sauteed Vegetables with Guacamole.
I’m guessing that’s because, with the burrito options, guac is an extra with the meat-based proteins, but comes as standard with the veggies bumping up the calories (albeit it with mostly healthy fat).
Because the Nachos come with gauc on all their options the lower calories of the veggies come into play. a mini serve of the Mild Sauteed Vegetables is 502 calories (the regular is 1000. Gulp!).
Basically, as a general GYG nutrition rule – if the dish comes with guac, veggies are your lowest calorie choice, if it doesn’t, head towards the chicken option
Nacho Fries: Again, they’re not screaming low calorie at me from the description, but weirdly, they are slightly lower in calories than the original nachos. The Mild Veggies and Gauc option has just 480 calories (regular is 916).
Enchilada: Sorry those who like their Mexican swimming in goo (me) – the enchilada option is the most calorific way of having your Guzman y Gomez goodness as it comes with all the good stuff – sour cream, guac, melted cheese and corn chips.
If you’re going to go for it though, our old favourites the Mini Mild Grilled Chicken is lowest at 638 calories (the regular is 1120!).
The Lowest Calorie Veggie Option
If you’re veggie or vegan and eating at Guzman y Gomez, you’re going to be choosing the Sauteed Veggies as your filling so cutting your calories comes down to the way you have your dish served.
So, in this case, if you want to try the lowest calorie option then you need to order the Mild Sauteed Vegetable with Guacamole Salad which has just 238 calories.
The Hard and Soft Tacos are also pretty good at around 241 per taco
If you’re looking for something more filling, try the Mini Mild Veggie Burrito Bowl which has 422 calories (upsize to regular and you’re looking at 686 calories).
What About Sides and Tweaks?
As I said, one of the reasons why Guzman and Gomez is a good choice when you’re trying to slim is that you can pick what you want in your dish – and leave out some of the more calorific options.
Now I admit, they don’t give the calories of absolutely everything on their nutrition facts – I can’t, for example, tell you how many calories are in the rice they scoop on, but, if I’m not super hungry, I’ll skip that and the cheese – the black beans are my favourite anyway.
To cut back on things further, you can do the same. So, when you’re ordering, ask yourself what are you really craving? And if it’s not cheese or a wrap, then choose to leave those off today’s order.
It’s also clear to see that if you can bring yourself to order a mini portion rather than a regular, you’ll be able to satisfy your GYG craving without considerably fewer calories.
That might sound like a statement from the school of obvious but I’ll admit, until I wrote this and I looked at the exact number, I didn’t think it would make THAT much difference. I’ll now definitely swap to the smaller size.
I do, however, love Sour Cream and Guacamole – which do add a whack of calories back on – an extra side serving of guac adds 126 calories, one of sour cream is 163. If you’re more a gooey cheese fan, a regular plain Queso adds 129.
Chips, Chips and More Chips
If you prefer your sides chip shaped, your best option is a side of Corn Chips with Regular Pico de Gallo which is 537 calories.
I’m a sucker for corn chips. My meal doesn’t feel complete without them – another selling point for the Guzman and Gomez Burrito Bowl is that it comes with 4-5 corn chips – that’s enough to satisfy my craving.
So there you have it – a full list of the lowest calorie options at Guzman and Gomez. If I haven’t talked about your favourite you can find all the GYG Nutrition facts you need here.
You’ll also find fat count, saturated fat count and sodium levels as, after all, it’s not just the number of calories in a dish that makes it healthy.
Oh, and the US Guzman and Gomez calories are slightly different. If you’re looking for those, you’ll need to click here.