What is Inside a Chipotle Burrito and Its Nutritional Content?

Pretty much everybody enjoys a nice, big, good Chipotle burrito here and there.

There is absolutely nothing better than taking a nice big bite out of one the most heavenly edible just things of perfection really that has ever existed. Hey there’s a reason why this company exploded in popularity, size, revenue, etc. over such a short period of time right?

But before we praise Chipotle even further, or make you even hungrier. Let’s talk a little bit about what’s actually in a typical burrito and what kind of nutritional value you can gain from it.

Chipotle Burrito Nutritional Facts

chipotle-buritto-nutritionSo for the sake of simplicity and to save time I am going to just ‘build out’ our burrito today. That way we don’t have to list out and break down all potential and possible combinations of Chipotle menu items. There’s seriously like 655,360 possible permutations of their menu…and this was back in 2013! The menu has added even more items since then.

Anyway, today our burrito will consist of:

  • White rice
  • Tortilla
  • Black beans
  • Fajitas
  • Steak
  • Chicken (double meat here)
  • Corn salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce

So as you can see, our burrito is not exactly a very ‘difficult’ or ‘fancy’ one to make. In fact, it’s quite simple really.

But even this ‘basic burrito’ right here still has a lot of nutritional value and content that must be examined to help you properly understand what you’re properly getting into your system.

Analysis time!

The Carbs Parts

In order to keep things simple, once again, we will be splitting up the list of ingredients with a rough measure of what ‘macronutrient’ they belong to.

Please note that this ‘methodology’ is not completely precise. Things get a little complicated because some of the ingredients could technically belong to multiple macros, and obviously we will have to make some judgement calls for when that happens. For example, right now I am going to lump all the ‘green’ ingredients together. Such as the lettuce and corn salsa…despite the fact that lettuce is technically a ‘carby’ type food.

We have to make distinctions like this in order to keep our categories short and concise.

Start with the White Rice

  • 210 calories
  • 4 grams of total fat
  • 350 milligrams of Sodium
  • 40 grams of total carbs
  • 4 grams protein

Note that this is based on a serving size of 4 ounces of rice. Please also note that Chipotle’s formula/recipe for their rice also includes things like salt, cilantro, and a mix of lime and lemon juice. For the sake of simplicity (yet again) we will be ignoring those things as they do not add much of any noticeable macronutrient to the whole thing.

Anyway, you can readily tell that Chipotle rice is an excellent source of carbs. It’s rice after all right? Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Now let’s talk about the tortilla

  • 300 calories
  • 10 grams of total fat
  • 690 milligrams of Sodium
  • 46 grams of total carbs
  • 7 grams of protein

Obviously, our serving size here is just simply one tortilla.

And, as expected, our tortilla is an excellent source of carbs with some measured amounts of fat as well.

Onto the black beans

  • 120 calories
  • 1 gram of total fat
  • 260 milligrams of Sodium
  • 22 grams of total carbs
  • 7 grams of protein
So the black beans are surprisingly low-fat in content. There’s only one gram!

And they are also relatively low in calories…well at least compared to our other two guys up there.

Alright, that about wraps it up (no pun intended) for our carbs. Onto proteins!

Protein Parts

First up we have our steak

  • 150 calories
  • 6 grams of total fat
  • 80 milligrams of Cholesterol
  • 330 milligrams of Sodium
  • 1 gram of total carbs
  • 21 grams of protein

If it wasn’t apparent enough already, steak is, indeed, a pretty high protein food. It’s meat after all right?

Just beware of the relatively high count of Cholesterol there. Not all that much to be concerned about, but certainly not going to help your case if you get careless either.

OK onto the chicken

  • 180 calories
  • 7 grams of total fat
  • 125 milligrams of Cholesterol
  • 310 milligrams of Sodium
  • 32 grams of protein

Amazing source of protein right here. Of that there is no doubt.

However, as before watch out for the Cholesterol. It’s even higher than the steak. Think of it as the tradeoff between getting more protein.

Also, I should mention that both the chicken and steak here are being calculated off of a serving size of 4 ounces.

Thankfully (or unfortunately depending on who we’re asking) this wraps it up for the protein portion. We don’t want to get excessively overcomplicated.

Let’s get to our final macronutrient now…but remember that this is actually not going to be our final category, period! We still have the ‘greens’ to cover after this.

Fatty Parts

We’ll just begin this part with a quick do-over of sour cream

  • 120 calories
  • 9 grams of total fat
  • 40 milligrams of Cholesterol
  • 30 milligrams of Sodium
  • 5 grams of total carbs
  • 2 grams of protein

You may have noticed that there isn’t technically a whole lot of fat in our 2 ounces of sour cream here, and that’s honestly a good thing probably. But that does not take away from the fact that sour cream is primarily a fatty ‘food’ since fat is the largest macronutrient in there.

But otherwise there’s nothing to it. Simply enjoy your sour cream on your burrito.

OK, cheese now

  • 100 calories
  • 8 grams of total fats
  • 30 milligrams of Cholesterol
  • 190 milligrams of Sodium
  • 1 gram of total carbs
  • 6 grams of protein

You’re in luck here again as cheese also does not have all that much of a high-fat content to it. What’s interesting to note here is that you will be getting almost as much protein as you would fat.

Also, just as an ‘interesting fact’ did you know that the cheese that Chipotle uses is actually Cheddar Cheese?

Ya, that’s right…it totally is!

You might be thinking “why isn’t it yellow?” Well that’s easy!

Because Cheddar Cheese actually NATURALLY comes as white!

The ‘yellowness’ is just artificial coloring added to it for aesthetic value. It serves no purpose other than to look yellow. Isn’t that ridiculous!

Anyway, random tidbits aside let’s now go over the last category we have to cover. The ‘greens’.

Green Parts

First up we have our lettuce.

  • 5 calories
  • 1 gram of total carbs

And that’s actually all there is to lettuce. It’s not a very complex food.

Next is the fajitas.

  • 20 calories
  • 170 milligrams of Sodium
  • 4 grams of total carbs
  • 1 gram of protein

Again nothing too fancy here. What is to note is the relatively high concentration of Sodium. Just be careful with salt and you’ll be fine.

Finally we end with the corn salsa

  • 80 calories
  • 1 gram of total fat
  • 330 milligrams of Sodium
  • 16 grams of total carbs
  • 3 grams of protein

Probably a little surprising to you, at first, to find out that corn salsa actually has a decent amount of carbs in it.

Until you realize that that’s kind of what corn does/is.

Anyway, as before watch out for the Sodium content again, and you should be safe.

So we come all the way to the end of our Chipotle analysis.

Awesome for sticking with us guys and not simply running off to the nearest Chipotle and wolfing down a burrito.

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