The new rice is keto-, Whole30-, paleo-, vegan-, and vegetarian-friendly. It's also cilantro and lime flavored just like the chain restaurant's original white rice. The riced cauliflower is grilled then seasoned with fresh cilantro, lime juice, and salt. (I know, my mouth is watering RN.)
Grain-Free Cauliflower Rice Is Coming To Select Chipotle Locations
Good news burrito and taco fans, cauliflower rice has arrived at Chipotle . After tons of customer requests, select locations will debut the grain-free rice substitute on Wednesday July 15.
Lucky Denver and Wisconsin residents will get the first taste of the new cauliflower rice, according to the company's press release . There will be 55 locations around the Mile High City, where the fast-casual Mexican chain got its start, and across Wisconsin dishing out the new grain-free alternative. Btw, the cauliflower rice is also prepared fresh daily in each restaurant.
All that flavor doesn't come for free, though. Like guac, it will also have an up charge. The cauliflower rice costs an additional $2.
So, is the new cauliflower rice at Chipotle healthy? Well, it's significantly lower in calories and carbs compared to the standard white rice option.
Here are the nutrition facts for 1 serving of Chipotle's cauliflower rice:
- Calories: 40
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 1 gram
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Sodium: 210 mg
Here are the nutrition facts for 1 serving of cilantro-lime white rice (per Chipotle ):
- Calories: 210
- Carbohydrates: 40 g
- Sugar: 0 g
- Fat: 4 g
- Saturated Fat: .5 g
The chances of the cauliflower rice arriving in your neighborhood Chipotle are also pretty darn good. Over the past year, three other Chipotle menu itemscarne asada, supergreens salad mix, and queso blancowere all tested in select locations and then rolled out nationwide. Fingers crossed the cauliflower rice passes with flying colors too.
"We are definitely experimenting with plant-based foods. Were in the early days of it," Chipotle's Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol told Bloomberg . "What we want to do is make the worlds greatest cauliflower rice, as opposed to process something and make it seem like its something else."
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