Chipotle Mexican Grill – Bowls Dairy-Free Diners Over with Options

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Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2021! Chipotle Mexican Grill has over 2000 locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France. They specialize in San Francisco-style burritos, and have numerous options for dairy-free diners and other special diet needs. In fact, they’ve put paleo, whole30, and vegan bowls right on their main menu. And in 2021, they added grain-free cauliflower rice as an option throughout North America. We’ve got the details on those bowls, and ingredient and allergen information so you can build your own meal.

Chipotle Mexican Grill - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes - includes vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, paleo, and more dietary information.

No Dairy Ingredients at Chipotle (see disclaimer below)

Lifestyle Bowls Dairy-Free Menu

In 2020, Chipotle added new “Lifestyle Bowls” to their menu. They’re crafted from ingredients the brand already serves, but cater to different dietary needs. In 2021, they added Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice to their menu for a limited time. When the cauliflower rice is not available, the Whole30 Bowl is unavailable and the Vegan Bowl contains brown rice.

  • Whole30 Bowl – cilantro-lime cauliflower rice, chicken, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa and guacamole
  • Whole30 Salad Bowl – supergreens lettuce blend, chicken or carnitas, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa and guacamole
  • Vegan Bowl – cilantro-lime cauliflower rice, sofritas, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa and shredded romaine lettuce
  • Vegetarian Salad Bowl – cilantro-lime cauliflower rice, supergreens lettuce blend, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, fajita veggies, guacamole and chipotle-honey vinaigrette
  • Paleo Salad Bowl – supergreens lettuce blend, chicken, fajita veggies, tomatillo-green chili salsa and guacamole

Build-Your-Own Dairy-Free Bowl, Burrito, Tacos, or Salad

You can build your own non-dairy burrito, taco, salad, or bowl with the ingredients below. The menus and allergen charts across the different countries appear to be close to identical. So this list might be relevant for Chipotle worldwide. Nonetheless, I’ve included links to the allergen charts we could find in the next section, so you can verify.

  • Tortilla Products – Soft Flour Tortillas (Burrito & Taco), Crispy Corn Tortilla (Taco), Tortilla Chips
  • Meat and Tofu Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Carnitas, Chicken, Chorizo, Steak, Sofritas (vegan tofu with sofrito herbs & spices)
  • Other Toppings – Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Cilantro-Lime White Rice, Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice, Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice, Fajita Vegetables, Romaine Lettuce, Supergreens Lettuce Blend
  • Sauces – All Salsas (Roasted Chili-Corn, Tomatillo-Green Chili, Tomatillo-Red Chili, Fresh Tomato), Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette, Guacamole

Other Allergen Notes

  • At last check, Queso (sauce), Cheese, and Sour Cream were the only dairy-containing items. 
  • According to Chipotle’s website, they do not use eggs (except at locations where breakfast is available), mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, or fish as ingredients in their food.
  • Gluten-free diners (or those who don’t want a burrito) can order any of the burritos as a bowl (no tortilla, layered in a bowl), salad (no tortilla, layered in a bowl over greens), or as crispy tacos. At last check, their flour tortillas were the only menu items that contain gluten.
  • It looks like the vegan Sofritos is the only menu item that contains soy.

Vegan Menu Items at Chipotle

Obviously, the meats, cheeses, sour cream, and honey vinaigrette are not vegan. But the other menu items are, including tortillas, both types of beans, rice, fajita vegetables, raw vegetables, salsas, and guacamole.

More Details from Chipotle Mexican Grill

Allergen Disclaimer from Chipotle Mexican Grill: Individual foods may come into contact with one another during preparation, which is not reflected on this chart. Although we do not use eggs, mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, or fish as ingredients in our food, Chipotle cannot guarantee the complete absence of these allergens in its restaurants.

Disclaimer

This Post was Last Updated on: January 6, 2021

This post is for informational purposes only and must not replace your own due diligence. The above information was supplied by the restaurant via their website, customer service, other corporate representatives, and/or other published nutritional information. But we are NOT representatives of the restaurant. We do update this post regularly (see Last Updated date above), but ingredients, menu items, and processes are subject to change at any time and without our knowledge. For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information. Always verify ingredients and processes, and speak to the manager on site to discuss food allergies or intolerance. Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a restaurant. Only you can decide what is safe for your needs. If you believe any of the information above has changed, KINDLY contact us.

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Needs a Guac Option + Very Salty

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January 6, 2020

We used to love Chipotle, but their food kept getting saltier and saltier. We had to drink Emergen-Cs every time we ate it just to re-hydrate because plain water wasn’t enough. But my other complaint is that they charge the same when you order no cheese and no sour cream and don’t offer an alternative like guacamole.

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7 Comments

  1. I have an extreme dairy allergy and chipotle is one of my favorite places to eat! Majority of the staff is really good about preventing cross contamination but YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM! If you tell them you have a dairy allergy right off the bat they will change their gloves and will be much more cautious of the cheese and sour cream. Also, sometimes I ask if they could pull out a new thing of guacamole or corn just to make sure no cheese is in it!!

  2. My comment would be for people with dairy allergies to proceed with caution when eating the guacamole. In the “line” it sits right next to the cheese shreds. When they throw the cheese shreds on other food, cheese shreds easily fall into the guacamole mainly because they are in a hurry and the cheese comes before the guacamole therefore they are moving the food down the line and the cheese shreds are being served onto people’s food OVER the guacamole.

    Multiple times I had reactions at Chipotle and I couldn’t figure it out until one day I saw a piece of cheese in my guacamole…and then it happened again. I no longer eat the guacamole there and no longer have a problem.

    • Where are you getting this information from? It is not on their website, in their allergen info or practiced in any Chipotle I’ve visited. If you have seen this practice done, it should be reported so that people who are allergic are not getting sick.

      • The rice doesn’t have butter. I work at chipotle. We use rice, water, rice bran oil, bay leaves, salt, citrus juice, and cilantro. There’s no butter.