As far as fast casual and fast food chains go, Chipotle has earned itself some clout. The popular Mexican Grill is not only known for being quick, convenient, and affordable, but also for delivering on flavorful, filling meals that use fresh, quality ingredients.
Chipotle even has a list on their website of every single ingredient they use in their restaurant – only 53 total – each one a real (and pronounceable) food. Those 53 ingredients allow for a wide array of menu options and a choose-your-own-adventure style of ordering that can cater to many dietary needs and lifestyles.
Of those 53 ingredients, over 40 are vegan – which makes Chipotle a beloved go-to for vegans and vegetarians. Despite its giant beef burritos and cheesy quesadillas, if you stay away from the meat and cheese it’s actually very easy to order fully plant-based meals that will leave you full and satisfied. In the fast casual world, it’s certainly one of the better choices if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Here are all of your options if you’re ordering vegan at Chipotle.
Vegan items available on the Chipotle menu
The beauty of Chipotle, and the reason it’s so vegan-friendly, is that what you order is completely up to you. There are no pre-determined menu items that you’re limited to, and no modifications to worry about or work around; you simply pick a format and build your meal exactly the way you’d like.
Chipotle does offer some “1-Tap Orders” – signature meals crafted with a blend of ingredients that you can order as is or make your own (these may differ based on seasonality or franchise location). The restaurant also recently introduced Lifestyle Bowls, which are pre-built burrito bowls that cater to specific diet lifestyles, from keto and Whole 30 to paleo and vegan. But at the core of their menu is a buildable, DIY-style ordering process where you can pick and choose your ingredients.
You have your typical vegetable-based choices like most other restaurants, but Chipotle also offers sofritas: tofu that’s braised in a spicy pepper sauce. This plant-based protein was added to their menu back in 2014 as the restaurant’s first vegan protein option, and has become a popular menu item since (for vegans and non-vegans, alike). Fun fact: this move in 2014 made Chipotle somewhat of a trailblazer in the world of fast casual, as they were the first national fast food chain to offer a vegan menu option that wasn’t a salad or a veggie burger.
Burritos, burrito bowls, tacos, quesadillas, and salads are all a build-your-own ordering experience. Once you choose a format, the rest is up to you. Here’s a complete list of the many vegan ingredient options on the current Chipotle menu so you can go build the vegan or vegetarian meal of your dreams.
|Vegan Lifestyle Bowls|
|Veggie Full Bowl|
|Vegan Base + Protein Items|
Veggie (includes Guacamole)
Supergreens Lettuce Blend
|Flour Tortilla (Burrito)|
Soft Flour Tortilla (Taco)
Crispy Corn Tortilla
|Vegan Beans + Rice|
White Rice (Cilantro Lime)
|Vegan Toppings + Salsas|
Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa
Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa
Chips & Guacamole
Chips & Fresh Tomato Salsa
Chips & Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa
Chips & Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa
Chips & Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa
Organic Berry Agua Fresca
Organic Mandarin Agua Fresca
Organic Watermelon Limeade (Seasonal)
Sofritas is Chipotle’s plant-based protein option. Vegetarian and vegan friendly, sofritas is braised tofu that’s crumbled and simmered in a flavorful sauce made of chipotle peppers, poblano peppers, tomatoes, and spices.
In early 2022, Chipotle introduced a second plant-based protein to their menu: a vegan chorizo made from pea protein, spicy peppers, and a blend of spices and aromatics. Unfortunately, this option was only available for a limited time, and it has since been discontinued from the menu. It’s unclear whether Chipotle will bring back a similar item in the future.
Yes! All of Chipotle’s vegetable-based ingredient options (like lettuce and salsas) are vegan, including their Fajita Veggies – which are made up of sautéed bell peppers, red onions, and spices. These can be used as a base or added as a topping to any menu item.