Can You Microwave Chipotle Bowls? (What You Need to Know…)

Can you microwave Chipotle bowls

Quick Answer: It's probably safest to reheat the rest of your Chipotle bowl in a microwave-safe container. There are different view points on this, but we'll explain ours below.

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What Is a Chipotle Bowl?

The bowl option at Chipotle is a popular choice for those who love the burritos but don't want the tortilla.

When a Chipotle bowl is too big to finish, it's common to store it in the fridge for a snack or quick meal later.

Can you just throw the whole thing, bowl and all, in the microwave?

In the company's 2018 Sustainability Report, Chipotle announced that 100 percent of the bowls came from compostable plant materials

While this is great for the environment, it doesn't necessarily mean that the bowls are microwavable.  There could be issues with flammability, for one thing. 

Some argue that it's safe to microwave Chipotle bowls (without the aluminum lid—putting metal objects in the microwave can lead to fires).

We like to err on the side of caution and use containers we know for sure are microwave-safe.

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Different Types of Chipotle Containers

Some containers incorporate plastic, such as plastic salsa and condiment cups. Others contain metals, such as the burrito bowl lids and aluminum foil Chipotle wraps burritos in.

So can you microwave any of these containers?  

It's unwise to microwave plastic condiment containers or any type of plastic that doesn't come with specific information about its microwavability.


How Do You Know If a Chipotle Container Is Microwave Safe or Not?

Labels on Chipotle Containers to Be Aware Of

The label most likely to appear on a microwavable product is "microwave safe." This can often be found stamped on the bottom.

Alternatively, there are labels that show that items are not meant for the microwave, which also provide conclusive information.

Sometimes, however, companies will choose to offer the information on their websites instead of printing it on their products.

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