How to Make Everything Vegan at Chipotle: The Complete Guide
Since its inception in 1993, Chipotle has been generous with its vegan options. Plant-based customers have always been able to rely on a solid meal of rice, beans, fajita vegetables, salsa and guac for the first 20 years of their existence. In 2013, Chipotle introduced the vegan Sofritas – a groundbreaking condiment option for braised tofu. This Mexican-style concept has become an integral part of our diet. Here’s everything you need to know about vegan and great food at Chipotle.
You can veganize (almost) anything
The attraction of Chipotle lies in the variety of ships on offer. Those who lean into a light lunch can opt for a salad, while a starving customer can easily find enough food with a colossal burrito. Every option – with the exception of the quesadilla – can be veganized with the following ingredients. So decide what you fancy (tacos, burrito, salad, or bowl) and start building.
Chipotle offers three varieties of rice, all of which are vegan. Pack your bowl or burrito with the chain’s standard coriander-lime-brown or white rice, or opt for the new coriander-lime-cauliflower rice. Yes, even Chipotle is riding the cauliflower rice trend. It’s here to stay
Beans and proteins
Don’t worry about non-vegan beans – both the pinto and black beans are animal-free (pro tip: you can get both). For extra protein and a flavorful kick, add the tofu-based sofritas. If you’re really hungry, you can double your protein percentage for $ 2.60.
If you order your own option and ask for veggie, guacamole is included for free. We had to say that in advance. In addition to this coveted green spice, fajita vegetables (a mix of sauteed peppers and onions) are also great ingredients for any burrito, taco, or bowl.
These extras give every chipotle meal that crucial taste, spice and texture. Stack shredded romaine and guac, then choose from a wide variety of vegan-friendly salsas, including roasted chilli corn, tomato red chili, tomatillo green chili and fresh tomato (pico de gallo). Remember there is no “or” here – you can have as many salsas as you want. Roasted chilli corn and fresh tomatoes are a solid combination.
Do these chips taste different? Yes, in a good way. Chipotle’s chips are lightly seasoned with salt and lime juice to add extra pizzazz to the basic tortilla chip. They are vegan and can be ordered as a single side, with guac or with a salsa of your choice for an additional charge.
Whether it’s a taco or burrito, flour or corn, all Chipotle tortilla options are vegan. Did you do the tortilla-on-the-side trick? If you want to make your tacos on the go, order a bowl and request three taco tortillas. You will be warm and wrapped in foil. The same goes for the large flour tortillas – those who love to nibble on a simple, hot flour tortilla will know who you are.
Chipotle not only offers vegan cheese, but can also diversify the selection of salad dressings. Currently, the chain only offers a Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette, which is not vegan-friendly. When ordering a salad, use salsa or guacamole as a dressing.
Like this celebrity’s experience of veganism, Chipotle’s Miley Cyrus Burrito was a limited-time engagement. However, it still offers the Vegan Bowl for those with fear of making decisions. The option includes a base of coriander-lime-cauliflower rice, sofritas, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, toasted chili corn salsa, and grated romaine lettuce. The Vegetarian Bowl is almost vegan-friendly. Made with coriander, lime and cauliflower rice, supergreens salad mix, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, fajita vegetables and guacamole. The only non-vegan ingredient is the chipotle honey vinaigrette. With the aromatic cauli rice, salsa and guac, you really don’t need it.
You can find more instructions on how to eat vegan in popular chain restaurants here.
Tanya Flink is a digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast who lives in Orange County, CA.