Chipotle: Cheapest Food Calories Per Dollar and Protein Per Dollar


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Chipotle Mexican grill is America’s most widespread Build-Your-Own burrito restaurant. Priding themselves on foods free of GMO’s and using all natural ingredients, Chipotle can fill you up.

If you’re hoping for more than just tortilla chips be prepared to spend a fair amount of cash. By comparing the different meal options and proteins, we’ll show you how to get the most out of your burrito.

Chipotle provides 4 main choices for a meal: Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Tacos, and a Salad. There are also six choices of protein to go along with each choice. While there are a few ways to optimize calories and save money, but the big key is to LOAD UP! With the exception of double protein, queso or guac as those cost extra, max out on all the beans, rice, salsa, cheese and sour cream you can. The slight difference in calories and prices of protein selection are quickly overshadowed by the volume of free add-ins you can have.

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Takeaways

  • The highest Calorie Per Dollar item at Chipotle is the Chips. Forget the meat, no meat means empty carbs
  • The highest Protein Per Dollar item is the Chicken burrito and the Efficiency Recommendation
  • LOAD UP
  • Tortillas can be added for free as a side to a bowl
  • Ask for Chipotle Vinaigrette, it doesn’t cost extra and is an easy 220 Calories

Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Chips $ 1.40 385.7 5.0 $ 1,892.59 540 7
Chips and Salsa $ 2.05 302.4 3.4 $ 2,413.71 620 7
Large Chips and Large Queso $ 5.25 241.9 6.9 $ 3,017.72 1270 36
Veggie Burrito $ 6.85 237.2 6.7 $ 3,077.23 1625 46
Chicken Burrito $ 6.85 229.9 11.1 $ 3,174.92 1575 76
Veggie Tacos $ 6.85 227.0 6.6 $ 3,215.76 1555 45
Sorfitas Burrito $ 6.85 225.5 7.6 $ 3,236.57 1545 52
Veggie Salad $ 6.85 224.1 5.8 $ 3,257.65 1535 40
Chips and Queso $ 3.45 223.2 5.8 $ 3,270.78 770 20
Chips and Guacamole $ 3.45 223.2 2.6 $ 3,270.78 770 9
Carnitas Burrito $ 7.30 219.9 9.2 $ 3,320.25 1605 67
Chicken Tacos $ 6.85 219.7 10.9 $ 3,322.59 1505 75
Chicken Salad $ 6.85 216.8 10.2 $ 3,367.34 1485 70
Sorfitas Tacos $ 6.85 215.3 7.4 $ 3,390.17 1475 51
Sorfitas Salad $ 6.85 212.4 6.7 $ 3,436.77 1455 46
Carnitas Tacos $ 7.30 210.3 9.0 $ 3,471.66 1535 66
Carnitas Salad $ 7.30 207.5 8.4 $ 3,517.49 1515 61
Barbacoa Burrrito $ 7.85 199.4 8.7 $ 3,661.66 1565 68
Steak Burrito $ 7.85 196.8 8.3 $ 3,709.06 1545 65
Veggie Bowl $ 6.85 190.5 5.5 $ 3,831.80 1305 38
Barbacoa Tacos $ 7.85 190.4 8.5 $ 3,833.11 1495 67
Steak Tacos $ 7.85 187.9 8.2 $ 3,885.08 1475 64
Barbacoa Salad $ 7.85 187.9 7.9 $ 3,885.08 1475 62
Steak Salad $ 7.85 185.4 7.5 $ 3,938.49 1455 59
Chicken Bowl $ 6.85 183.2 9.9 $ 3,984.46 1255 68
Sorfitas Bowl $ 6.85 178.8 6.4 $ 4,082.04 1225 44
Carnitas Bowl $ 7.30 176.0 8.1 $ 4,147.08 1285 59
Barbacoa Bowl $ 7.85 158.6 7.6 $ 4,602.81 1245 60
Steak Bowl $ 7.85 156.1 7.3 $ 4,677.96 1225 57
Add Guacamole $ 2.05 112.2 1.0 $ 6,506.52 230 2
Queso (Side) $ 2.05 112.2 6.3 $ 6,506.52 230 13
Guacamole (Side) $ 2.05 112.2 1.0 $ 6,506.52 230 2
Add Queso $ 1.25 96.0 4.8 $ 7,604.17 120 6

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A Burrito or a Burrito Bowl can come with lots of toppings and you can get a filling tortilla. Adding chips technically improves your average Calories Per Dollar for your visit, however meals at home are often closer to 600-700 calories per dollar.

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