Do you recall your first visit to Chipotle? Our idea of fast food was revolutionised by the fresh, healthy ingredients that you could choose immediately in front of you.
Chipotle has experienced some brand-image and food safety issues more recently, but as far as healthier fast food goes, it’s still a good choice. Unless… you know what to order at Chipotle and which ingredients will make you overdo it if you’re trying to lose weight.
In order to determine which Chipotle burrito ingredient combinations will significantly increase your daily nutritional values if you are trying to lose weight, we conducted research using Chipotle’s online ordering system. Check out Chipotle’s number one worst burrito to order.
1. Flour Tortilla for a Chipotle Burrito
The flour tortilla is where the nutrition calculator for Chipotle begins, just as it does for their build-your-order line in stores.
Be aware that the flour tortilla from Chipotle has 320 calories, 9 grammes of fat, and 50 grammes of carbohydrates. Check out Dietitian Says You Should Eat the Wrong Amount of Carbs Every Day.
2. Protein Fillings from Chipotle
You might concur that Chipotle is the best at protein flavouring. The tofu-based Sofritas, which only have 150 calories and 10 grammes of fat, are a reasonably healthy choice.
If you’re in the mood for meat, the steak has 150 fewer calories and 1 gramme less fat than the chicken (six versus seven grams, respectively). The fact that the carnitas (pork), the least healthy of Chipotle’s meats, has 12 grammes of fat and 210 calories may not come as a surprise.
3. Beans & Rice
It was once believed that Chipotle’s pinto beans were inferior to its black beans, but with 130 calories and 1.5 grammes of fat each, they seem to be on par. Both white and brown rice have the same number of calories (210), but interestingly, the brown rice at Chipotle has two more grammes of fat than the white rice (six versus four grammes per serving, respectively).
It may not come as a surprise that the cilanto-lime cauliflower rice from Chipotle is the best choice in terms of calories and fat, with only one gramme of fat and 40 calories. (Fun fact: Shawn Mendes enjoys it a lot.)
4. Chipotle Seasonings
Here is where things can get tricky, so use common sense as your guide. In regards to the last stage of your Chipotle order:
There are only 15 calories in tomato green chilli salsa. Twenty fajita vegetables are included, as are twenty fresh tomato salsa (pico), thirty tomatillo red chilli salsa, and eighty corn salsa.
Each serving of shredded Monterey jack cheese and sour cream has 110 calories, but the cheese has one more fat gramme (eight versus nine). A drizzle of white cheese contains nine grammes of fat and 120 calories.
5. Holy guac, indeed!
Hey hey hey, don’t worry; we’re not against guacamole (and we’ve got 20 recipes right here to prove it). A word of caution, though: A serving of Chipotle guacamole adds 22 grammes of fat and 230 extra calories to your burrito.
No, don’t permanently give up guacamole, but if you’ve been trying to lose weight, even if you’ve been choosing Chipotle bowls or salads rather than the whole enchilada (by which we mean burrito), just be aware that for the time being, Chipotle guacamole might not be your best friend when it comes to your weight loss objectives. (We are also sad.)
6. Therefore, the Number one worst Burrito to order at Chipotle is…
Once more, if you’re trying to lose weight, avoid ordering the following at Chipotle: a burrito of carnitas, brown rice, and guacamole. This Chipotle burrito combo has 970 calories, 49 grammes of fat, and 94 carbohydrates without cheese, salsas, or any other toppings (plus 37 grammes of protein). Note: According to the Cleveland Clinic, a person consuming 2,000 calories per day should consume 44 to 77 grammes of fat daily.
So skipping the guacamole could help that burrito become much thinner… But if that still doesn’t make life worth living, if you’re watching your fat and calorie intake, think about sofritas or steak (or, a veggie burrito).