But thanks to restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast food industry has completely changed. Now, there's a whole slew of restaurants where you can get quality food quick and easy.
And because Chipotle is committed to using ingredients that are healthy, sustainable, and even organic, it's a far superior option to most fast food places if you're on the keto diet.
Here's a Chipotle keto menu guide you can use to craft the perfect low-carb meal the next time you stop in.
Is it Okay to Eat Chipotle on Keto?Yes. In fact, Chipotle is one of the best fast food restaurants you can choose on a low-carb diet like keto. It offers "Lifestyle Bowls," which include Keto, Whole30, Paleo, Vegetarian, and Vegan options, to name a few. Some locations recently started testing cauliflower rice as a lower-carb option.
But you don't have to pick one of the lifestyle bowls if you'd prefer to customize your order off their general menu. There are quite a few healthy protein and fat sources on the menu. And each meal is customized right in front of you, so you can remove all (or at least some) of the high-carb food items.
And unlike some fast food joints, Chipotle also maintains a quality standard for their foods.
For example, they don't use meat that was injected with hormones. They also place a priority on using local organic ingredients whenever possible.
Occasionally, they'll use ingredients that don't meet their food standards. But they're always transparent about when their food doesn't meet their quality standard. (Perhaps you've noticed the signs posted there already.)
If sustainability and overall health are priorities for you, that's just another reason to eat at Chipotle instead of a place like McDonald's.
(Just don't scoff too hard at McDonald's. You can eat keto there, too. Plus, the McDonald's Corporation owns Chipotle—and it's largely responsible for Chipotle's rapid growth between 1995 and the late 2000s .)
Tips for Eating Keto at ChipotleIf you're planning to eat at Chipotle, start by using their online nutrition calculator.
This way you can craft what you want without holding up the line or asking how many carbs or calories each ingredient is going to add to your meal.
Here's how to do it:
- Click the nutrition calculator link above.
- Click the option Salad or Burrito Bowl (a salad is probably going to be more filling).
- Go down the list and select your food options. To the right, you'll see a nifty macronutrient calculator you can use that breaks your meal into protein, fat, and carbs. Adjust accordingly.
What’s Keto-Friendly at Chipotle?Here are 13 of the food items you can include in your bowl or salad at Chipotle.
We have also rounded up the nutrition facts for some of the individual ingredients of this restaurant. Check them out !
- Monterey Jack Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Romaine Lettuce
- Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa
- Fresh Tomato Salsa
- Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa
- Fajita Vegetables
The 6 Worst Keto Options at ChipotleEven though Chipotle is generally a good option for keto dieters, there are some high-carb culprits to look out for. These are the 6 foods you should always avoid.
- White Rice
- Tortilla Chips
- Black Beans
This nutrient breakdown is why we don't really recommend beans on keto, unless eaten in extreme moderation. You'll get plenty of carbs from the veggies and guacamole.
- Taco Shells
- Pinto Beans
Just a note: their guacamole has 8g of carbs per serving, making it the highest carb of all the "acceptable" food options. It's probably best to stick to only one serving when ordering it.
- Salad Dressing
It might be disheartening to eat a salad without dressing. A good substitute is to mix your salsa thoroughly so that it acts like one!
Eating Keto at Chipotle Is PossibleAs far as fast food joints go, staying keto at chipotle is entirely possible.
The key is to plan what you're going to get before you enter the restaurant using their online app—that way you know exactly how many grams of carbs you're getting and which foods to stay away from. (You also won't hold up the line asking about each ingredient.)
Salads and burrito bowls are the way to go. But since you aren't putting rice in the bowl (unless your location is experimenting with cauliflower rice), it's probably best to get the salad. Just skip the dressing. It has 18g of carbs per serving, and you can use salsa instead.
We hope this Chipotle keto menu guide was useful for you. For more low-carb and keto recipes, check out our recipe section!