How To Eat GMO-Free At Chipotle

How to eat #GMO free at #Chipotle via

UPDATE: Chipotle is now GMO-Free, so this post is no longer necessary. Hooray!


I eat 90% of my meals at home. I love to cook, and it’s SO much healthier. Restaurants are notorious for using cheap ingredients, including hydrogenated or rancid oils and GMOs.

But I’m also a busy mom so going out to eat is a treat and a nice break from the kitchen! That’s why I’m excited that Chipotle is one of the few restaurants that’s being transparent about their menu as it pertains to GMOs, genetically modified ingredients, which in animal studies can lead to infertility, tumor growth and toxicity. Because I’m pregnant, I’m particularly trying to avoid these!

So, I’ve put together 3 meal options that are relatively healthy for fast food… one being truly GMO-free, while the other 2 have no “added” GMO’s.

Meal Option #1:

  • Barbacoa Beef*
  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato Salsa
  • Cheese*

* Animals were most likely fed GMO corn/soy.

Meal Option #2:

  • Carnitas Pork*
  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa
  • Sour Cream*

* Animals were most likely fed GMO corn/soy.

Meal Option #3 (GMO-Free):

  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato Salsa
  • Roasted Corn Salsa
  • Guacamole

Of course, you can mix and match ingredients as you see fit. Below, you’ll find a full breakdown of what has GMOs and what doesn’t.

Menu Items that Contain GMOs:

  • Chicken
  • Corn tortillas (soft and crispy)
  • Corn chips
  • Fajita Vegetables
  • Flour tortillas (small and large)
  • Honey Chipotle Salad dressing
  • Steak
  • White and Brown Rice

Menu Items that Don’t Contain GMOs:

  • Any of their salsas, including corn
  • Barbacoa Beef*
  • Black Beans
  • Carnitas Pork*
  • Cheese*
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
  • Pinto Beans (but they do contain a nasty preservative so I avoid)
  • Sour Cream*

* Animals were most likely fed GMO corn/soy.

For full list of ingredients at Chipotle, visit their website.

How about you?

What do you order at Chipotle? And do you consider GMOs when eating out?


About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  1. Priscilla February 10 at 7:25 pm

    From what I know, 90% of corn in the US is GMO- does Chipotle claim their corn is part of the 10% that isn’t? And are the rest of the ingredients they use organic (avacado, lettuce etc)- the ones you have on your list, anyway?

  2. Liz Edgaro May 23 at 6:32 am

    Do you know about the grilled onions and peppers they offer with the veggie bowl – are they GMO/cooked with canola oil?

  3. Megan January 18 at 8:08 pm

    Lisa P, don’t worry about it. Thankfully, this post is no longer entirely accurate, as Chipotle has recently made some changes in their restaurants.

  4. Lisa P January 15 at 3:13 pm

    Why do you think their rice is GMO? Their website does not show the symbol by it that denotes GMO…

  5. margaret ruby January 15 at 2:28 pm

    too bad the lettuce, veggies and salsa aren’t Organic :(

  6. Joy October 29 at 5:17 pm

    I discovered Chipotle’s ingredient list a couple months ago. I really appreciate their transparency about all the ingredients used and what contains GMOs. One awesome thing is their restaurants in NYC don’t use soybean oil. I hope the rest of their locations follow suit. Also, I wanted to mention that you can get plain brown rice or white rice to be GMO-free. That’s what I do!

  7. Jennifer September 23 at 1:37 pm

    So, a really expensive salad? Figures.

  8. Liz September 8 at 6:39 pm

    Just to verify – the barbacoa and carnitas don’t have sugar in their sauce/cooking liquid, right?

  9. ologsinquito August 22 at 6:35 pm

    This is great information for people who like to go out to eat once in a while.

  10. Kayleigh Sheehy August 22 at 4:59 pm

    Darn! I love the fajita veggies! Oh well, as far as everything else I eat there, they aren’t on the non-gmo list. When it comes to eating out we usually eat there or Whole Foods. I’m glade to see they are stepping up and being honest!

  11. Anya August 18 at 11:55 am

    It’s so nice to have others doing this kind of research; it’s so exhausting to do it all yourself! So, thank you!!

    Question 1: what/who were your sources?
    Question 2: what was in the chicken and steak but not the barbacoa? GMO canola oil?

    • Genevieve August 18 at 9:09 pm

      1. From the Chipotle website… the link is in the post
      2. GMO soybean oil


  12. Hillary August 14 at 3:17 pm

    I just started following your blog. I’m also pregnant (32 weeks) so I love your updates. From the video I can tell we live in or near the same place! I visit that Chipotle often :)

    • Genevieve August 18 at 9:33 pm

      Congrats! You’re getting so close. XOXO

  13. Candice August 14 at 3:08 pm

    I get super exhausted with my kitchen too.. One thing I do when I don’t want to spend a fortune on a higher quality restaurant but feel nervous about cheap ingredients in fast food places is combine home food with food out. I can get burgers from our favorite spot but don’t get fries rather use our own fruit or if I can manage whip up a small side. Or I will get some tasty sides at a restaurant but cook my own meat. We have a large family so eating out isn’t always possible but I can do it halfway!

    • KatieAnn March 21 at 12:59 am

      I also eat out half way! its a helpful alternative! ( I don’t want to eat any of the yuck. But ya gotta eat, and well, we all die. :/ )

  14. Julie @ Homegrown Paleo August 14 at 1:36 pm

    LOVE this! Thank you. I’m glad to see Chipotle moving in the right direction! Awareness!

  15. Katie Flores August 14 at 8:23 am

    Such great info. As much as I love to cook at home and knowing how much better it is for me, sometimes I just get so exhausted! These are great ideas for anybody looking to make healthier options.

  16. stephanie August 13 at 2:33 pm

    how funny. I am still digesting my tasty vegetarian corn tacos from Chipotle, only to discover I should have had them without shells. and rice. And I had felt so healthy! lol
    ‘ thanks for the info***********

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