The Chipotle restaurant serves Mexican-style food in a fast-food, restaurant-type setting. The company started serving customers in 1993. The Chipotle cheese quesadilla can be partially made to order so that you get the ingredients you want on the quesadilla.
The fixed items for the cheese quesadilla are the burrito-based flour tortilla and cheese. The tortilla contains 300 calories per serving while the cheese contains 100 calories per ounce. The combined total of calories from these two items is 400.
You may add an assortment of additional ingredients to the quesadilla. Four ounces of cilantro-lime rice adds 185 calories to the quesadilla. Both the black and pinto beans add 115 to 120 calories per 4-ounces used. The chicken, steak and carnitas add 180, 190 and 220 calories, respectively, per 4-ounces used. One serving of tomato salsa or green tomatillo salsa adds 20 calories. The corn salsa adds 80 calories per 3.5-ounce serving. Adding guacamole to top it off adds 170 calories, while using sour cream adds 115 calories.
The cheese quesadilla can either be a very healthy food choice or a very poor one depending on the ingredients you add to it. Sticking with lower-calorie options such as beans, rice and green tomatillo salsa keeps the quesadilla from being too calorie dense. On the other hand, adding guacamole, meat and corn salsa to the quesadilla causes the total fat and calorie content to increase dramatically. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that adults consume around 2,000 calories per day. Choosing the lower-calorie options will help you stay within these guidelines.