Calculating my Chipotle Craving

Let’s get to the facts.

Written By Vinny Guarino

When it comes to Mexican-inspired food chains, it does not get better than Chipotle Mexican Grill. Don’t get me wrong — I can rock with Moe’s, Qdoba, Taco Bell, Del Taco, and yes — even Currito.

Definitely used to hate on Currito though. Evidence:

Hey 2013 Vinny, you kept getting it because it was a 2-minute walk from your dorm!

Look, I get that this was purely a question asking for clarification on why I was not pleased, but Jenn HAD to know that I thought their food was cheeks, right?

There’s no way she was sitting there thinking, “Our food either has a tortilla…or it simply comes in a bowl of some sort. There are no buns involved at all. What is he trying to say?”

Anyway, I played along.

                               And THAT my friends, is how you get a free burrito off Twitter!

                              And THAT my friends, is how you get a free burrito off Twitter!

After this incident, I started taking a liking to the food at Currito. And then I started getting it ALL the time. If a psychologist ends up reading this, feel free to offer a theory on why I had such a change of heart.

Anyway, here’s a breakdown of what I usually get from Chipotle:

Burrito Bowl: Brown rice, black beans, chicken, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, and romaine lettuce.

Let’s hit up their online nutritional calculator to see how we stack up.

                                                            What sticks out to you?

                                                           What sticks out to you?

Now, I’m no nutritionist, but this doesn’t look THAT bad to me. The only number really jumping out to me is the sodium content at 1860 milligrams. A quick Google search tells me that the recommended daily sodium intake is about 2300 milligrams. Yikes. This meal leaves me with very little wiggle room for the rest of the day.

Aside from the salt content, the 36 grams of fat seems like a lot as well. 22 of those grams come from the guacamole though, and if you know anything about anything, you know those fats are DOPE. So I’m not too worried about that.

Also, I wouldn’t feel right not shouting out Eric Hammer for all those hours he put in making the guacamole at Chipotle just a few years ago. Thank you.

Moving on, some numbers that I like are the 790 grams of calories and the 46 grams of protein. On days when I’m active, my goal is to eat 2,000 calories — so this seems like a half-decent recovery meal. And that protein is essential after a good workout.

There’s more to talk about here, but there also isn’t. No matter what you get, it’s probably not going to be great for you, but hey — you can still make some educated choices and not go off the deep end.

Curious about the nutritional value of what you typically order at Chipotle?

Here’s a link to the calculator:

Play around with it; it’s kind of cool to see how each ingredient can alter the quality of your meal. I’m looking at you, cheese.