Counting calories can be hard, and can take up a lot of time and energy, not always being something we want to do.
This situation can be exasperated by the fact that when you are eating out you don’t want to encroach on anyone else’s experience you may be dining with.
When counting calories, you can eat everything that everyone else is with a little research and preparation, but sometimes it can be really easy to just look up the calories of what you are eating and make a judgment that way.
Fast food can often be really practical if you are on a road trip, commuting, or just traveling, but when counting calories this isn’t so simple.
Luckily, there is a law that means many restaurants have to announce the calorie content of each menu item, which makes things easier, but there can still be some math involved.
We’re here to help, and in the below article we have found out the various calorie contents of a Chipotle Bowl! Keep reading to find out and learn more about calorie counting.
What Is A Chipotle Bowl?
At Chipotle, a ‘Chipotle Bowl’ is a type of order you can make at their restaurant. Like a Taco or Burrito, they are generally filled with whatever you decide you want to go in there.
As a result, Chipotle Bowls can be hard to provide an explicit calorie count for, depending on what you might want or order in the bowl itself.
Put simply, a Chipotle Bowl is a burrito that has the tortilla removed, allowing you to eat the contents of a burrito but with less carbs.
These ‘bowls’ are quite common in Mexican restaurants, particularly the cuisine’s respective fast food chains, as these bowls can do away with the carbs in most Mexican meals, such as rice or tortillas, which is useful for celiacs and those with other dietary restrictions.
For the calorie counters, this is good news, you can either boost the calories or reduce them as you see fit, provided you know the calorie content of each ingredient, just check this out below!
How Many Calories Are In A Chipotle Bowl?
The calorific content of a Chipotle blow will completely depend on what you decide to include in it.
We can already imagine they will be pretty low calorie anyway thanks to having little to no carbs, and we can control its calorie content by what we include in it.
In most Chipotle restaurants, they should have the calories listed next to each item, but we’ve done the hard part for you down below. Keep reading to see what each item adds up to.
In any burrito bowl you want some protein, whether that’s plant based, or is just veggies. Here’s a breakdown of the main component of the burrito bowl
- Chicken Al Pastor – 200 cal
- Chicken – 180 cal
- Steak – 150 cal
- Barbacoa – 170 cal
- Carnitas – 210 cal
- Sofritas (Vg) – 150 cal
- Veggies (with Guac) – 0 cal
So, if you want a meat choice, steak is actually the lowest in calories. The sofritas are the same amount of calories but are a plant based alternative, while you could also opt for the veggies option which they suggest is 0 cal.
Rice is an option in the burrito bowl, and both brown and white rice are 210 cal, respectively. You can opt for no rice which would mean you reduce the calories of the whole bowl by around 210 calories, but this is your choice.
You also get the opportunity to add some beans to your bowl. You can choose either black or pinto beans, both are 130 calories.
Yet, you can choose to have no beans and reduce the calories by 130, but if you are an option for a no meat option, this can be a good way to get some protein in, which is important when dieting.
With a chipotle burrito bowl there is a list of items you can add as a topping should you wish to, although theoretically you could not add anything on top.
- Guacamole – 230 cal
- Fresh Tomato Salsa – 25 cal
- Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa – 80 cal
- Tomatillo Green Chilli Salsa – 15 cal
- Tomatillo Red Chilli Salsa – 30 cal
- Sour Cream – 110 cal
- Fajita Veggies – 20 cal
- Cheese –110 cal
- Romaine Lettuce – 5 cal
With any Chipotle burrito bowl you can opt for a side dish as well, including dips. Here’s how they weigh up in terms of calories
- Chips – 540 cal
- Chip and Guacamole – 770 cal
- Large Chips and Large Guacamole – 1270 cal
- Side of Guacamole – 230 cal
- Large Side of Guacamole – 460 cal
- Tortilla Side – 320 cal
- Chips and Salsa – 570-620 cal
- Chips and Queso Blanco – 780 cal
- Large Chips and Queso Blanco – 1290 cal
- Side of Queso Blanco – 240 cal
- Large Side of Queso Blanco – 480 cal
So now we know all the calories of each item you can get or omit from a burrito bowl at Chipotle. There are a whole bunch of different orders that can work out to be low calorie.
But as a result of this being a combinational meal of different things, it’s hard to know the exact calorie count without knowing the specific items you have ordered.
You could opt for a meatless bowl with just veggies and have rice with it, or you could have a meat option with no rice but veggies and lettuce, or something similar.
The good thing is that you are welcome to modify the Chipotle bowl to make it less calorific, so no dramas here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Taking all these ingredients into account, but excluding the sides, you can generally assume that a Chipotle bowl is going to average out between 120-160 calories.
But there can be a good amount of difference within this, plus additional sides would boost this a great amount.
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