On those nights when you just can’t even, Chipotle is a godsend—but what if you follow the ketogenic diet? Is it totally off-limits? Luckily, nope. We took a look at the menu and created a handy guide for sticking to a low-carb eating plan without depriving yourself of a heaping serving of carnitas, cheese and, yes, guac.
1. Choose Greens for Your Base
Chipotle may be known for its burritos, but if you’re adhering to a keto diet, it’s best to stick to a salad. You could also order a burrito bowl; just make sure to ask for it without rice or beans (more on that later).
2. Pile on Any of the Meat Options
Here’s where you’ll get the bulk of your protein. You’ve got five low-carb options when it comes to meat—and vegan “meat.” Stick to steak (1g carbs), carnitas (0g carbs), chicken (0g carbs), barbacoa (2g carbs) or sofritas (9g carbs), and you’re good to go.
3. Stick to Veggies Instead of Beans
Beans—even black beans—have a pretty significant amount of carbs per serving. Where veggies are concerned, skip the legumes and load up on lettuce and fajita veggies (5g carbs per serving).
4. Add Dairy
Carbs may be kind of off-limits on keto, but dairy certainly isn’t. A few great options? Queso (4g carbs), shredded cheese (1g carbs) and sour cream (2g carbs).
5. Use Salsa for Dressing
Three out of the four Chipotle salsas are solid options: Fresh tomato salsa (1g carbs), tomatillo green-chili salsa (4g carbs) and tomatillo red-chili salsa (4g carbs). The fourth salsa, roasted chili-corn, clocks in at 16g carbs per serving.
6. Say 'Yes' to Guac
It may be extra, but guacamole is also high in healthy fats and low in carbs, so go ahead and splurge.