Can I Eat Low Sodium At Chipotle
Chipotle is a popular quick service restaurant that I have had many requests to Hack their menu and report on the best choices we can make to order from their menu. I had high expectations from a chain that takes so much care in the selection and sourcing of their ingredients. You can read about that here.
I was disappointed when I used their Nutrition Calculator to find out that many of their bean and salsa choices were far higher in sodium than many brands we can find locally in grocery stores, or can easily make on our own with our own recipes, especially for salsa.
So Can I Eat Low Sodium at Chipotle?
Chipotle classifies their menu in seven different categories – burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, chips & drinks, kids build your own, and kids quesadilla. As there are many choices for each, I will let you know lowest sodium choice in each of their categories. So, can I eat low sodium at Chipotle? Let’s find out.
Not a good choice. Their flour tortilla that wraps the burrito is 690 mg. When you add just chicken as a filling, you are already at 1000 mg. this would blow through most people’s allotment of mg in just one meal.
We have more choices here without the tortilla wrapper. Their chicken comes in at 310 mg. (the lowest amount of all their meat/tofu choices). The steak is only 320 mg. And sadly, their Sofritas (tofu and vegetables) is the highest with 555 mg.
The best of their “filling” choices is the brown rice at 165 mg or the fajita vegetables at 175 mg. the worst are the pinto beans at 300 mg an the white rice at 375 mg.
When it comes to additional toppings, the amounts vary as well. Romaine lettuce is best with 0 mg of sodium. Sour Cream has 30 mg and Cheese gives you 190 mg. The best of their salsa choices is the tomatillo-green chili salsa at 255 mg. The worst choices are the guacamole at 375 mg and their tomatillo-red chili salsa at 500 mg. I found that going with the cheese and leaving off the salsa, I can get away with adding a few dashes of Tabasco Sauce that they provide at the drink station.
At this point when just ordering a bowl with chicken, brown rice, sour cream, lettuce, and cheese, you are at 690 mg total. It is over the standard 500 mg a meal many of us strive for, but is about the best you can do numbers wise, and still have it taste good.
If trying the tacos, choose either of the corn options for 30 mg. The rest of the toppings should be like the burrito bowl above.
If you are ordering a salad, DO NOT order the Vinaigrette dressing, it has 850 mg of sodium. Follow the recommended for burrito bowls for the rest.
Kids Build Your Own & Kids Quesadilla:
For both the kids quesadilla and the kids build your own, opt for the corn tortillas and the toppings described above for the burrito bowl.
Chips & Drinks:
The main course above pretty much means no chips and salsa or guacamole unless you want this meal to top 1000 mg of sodium. Finally, if you are feeling like a Margarita, both their Sauza and Patron Margaritas have only 5 mg of sodium! So Salute!