Guzman y Gomez Calories 2024: The 15 Best Choices For You to Pick

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If you want quick, easy, Mexican food in Australia, Guzman y Gomez is one of the best chains to visit. They pride themselves on their ingredients, you can customise things to pick what you like best, and, if you’re watching your calories you can adjust your order to keep things on the low side. However, to do that you have to know your way around the list of Guzman y Gomez calories…which is where we come in.

We’ve gone through the Guzman y Gomez nutritional information (we’re updating this in Dec 2023) and picked out the lowest calorie options so you can go in there with a plan.

Also, if you’re like me and work in calories rather than kilojoules you don’t have to divide the in-store information by 4.2 while a queue of hungry people tut behind you.

Oh, and if you do think in kilojoules, the lowest calorie option is also the lowest kj one so you can still take the advice that follows.

So, let’s start with the big question

What’s the Absolute Lowest Calorie Dish in Guzman y Gomez

Not surprisingly, the absolute lowest-calorie GYG meal is a salad – specifically, it’s the Mild Pulled Pork Salad – and it has just 283 calories – including the Chipotle Mayonnaise (but not extras like sour cream, cheese or gauc).

That’s actually a bit low for a main meal – which should be around 600 calories if you’re not watching your weight, a bit less if you are, so you might actually want to add something to this like a $3 Taco – the Mild Ground Beef has just 166 calories, while the Spicy Ground Beef is 173.

Guzmn y Gomez soft taco served on 'newspaper'

I say that’s the lowest-calorie meal as there are some other low-calorie dishes on the Guzman y Gomez menu.

The Mild Grilled Chicken Soft Flour Tacos are only 194 calories each and the hard ones are slightly less at 193 calories, which is why they’re also a great choice to add to the salad. Or have a couple to make a meal on their own.

You could add a side of Black Beans (if they’re available in your branch) for another 154 calories and have a pretty good light meal for under 350 calories. Oooh, I think I have a new meal choice to try.

There’s also a mini version of the salad but at 143 calories it’s far too low to class as a main meal.

But what if you don’t want either of those? How many calories are in your other GYG favourites?

11 Other Low-Calorie Guzman y Gomez Choices

If you don’t feel like Pulled Pork Salad, these are the next 10 lowest calorie choices in GYG

DishCalories
Mild Grilled Chicken Salad306
Mild Shredded Beef Brisket Salad330
Mild Sauteed Veg Salad332
Mild Ground Beef Salad352
Mild Cheese Quesadilla378
Mini Grilled Chicken Bowl410
Mini Shredded Beef Bowl422
Mini Sauteed Veg Bowl423
Mild Grilled Beef Bowl433
Mild Pulled Pork Bowl451
Mini Grilled Chicken Burrito454

Lowest Calorie Burritos, Nachos and More

If you don’t fancy any of the above, it doesn’t mean your favourite is off the menu – so, what should you choose from some of the other sections of the menu? Here’s the lowest calorie choice from the burritos, nachos and enchilada sections…

Type of DishLowest Calorie ChoiceCalories
BurritoMini Mild Grilled Chicken454
Cali BurritoMini Mild Sauteed Vegetables with Guacamole528
NachosMini Mild Sauteed Vegetables with Guacamole502
Nacho FriesMini Mild Sauteed Vegetables with Guacamole480
EnchiladaMini Mild Grilled Chicken638

Guzman y Gomez burrito with a bite taken out
Taste great – photograph horribly!

5 Top Calorie Cutting Tips at Guzman y Gomez

Make For the Minis

There is a huge difference in calories between the mini serve of the dishes and the regular size – a Mini Grilled Chicken Burrito, for example, has just 454 calories while the regular size has 777. I’ve got a pretty healthy appetite and the minis are actually enough for me.

Order a Bowl for a Chip Fix

A standard portion of corn chips at Guzman and Gomez has 519 calories, which adds a lot – but, if it’s not Mexican food without tortilla chips, order the bowls. They come with a small handful of chips which is usually enough to satisfy my craving, but the whole thing has fewer calories than one side of chips.

Mild Versions have Fewer Calories

It’s a weird quirk as usually hot sauces don’t have many calories but the spicier your GYG the more calories it contains. You add 15 calories per dish going from mild to spicy.

Only Feed Your Cravings

One of the nice things about Guzman y Gomez is that you can leave off things you’re not really keen on – so, I always leave off the rice, but sour cream is non-negotiable. So, ask yourself, what you really want and what you can skip – and you’ll lose more calories. For example, saying no to an extra side serving of guac saves 165 calories.

If You’re in a Hurry

And can’t remember all of this, as a general GYG nutrition rule – if the dish comes with guacamole included, veggies are your lowest calorie choice, if it doesn’t, head towards the chicken option.

Is Guzman & Gomez Healthy?

Generally, yes they are.

The ingredients are fresh and you can easily choose to make your meal lower in saturated fat by removing things like sour cream or cheese and picking lower-fat proteins like chicken or the beef or sticking with sauteed vegetables.

Steer clear of the desserts and you’re also looking at meals low in sugar.

Plate of nachos topped with jalapenos, salsa and beans
Not GYG Nachos

As with most fast food, dishes can be high in sodium, so, if you’re watching your salt levels you’re going to need to be a bit careful about that. The enchiladas particularly contain more than the suggested amount of 2000mg sodium for the day – more of that below…

Healthy Options at Guzman y Gomez

Counting calories is one thing, but what if you’re also watching other elements of a healthy diet – what should you order then? Well, you could try these…

The Lowest Calorie Vegetarian Option

Since GYG got rid of the Shredded Mushroom option, the only choice for vegetarians is the Sauteed Veggies and for the lowest calorie option then you need to order the Mild Sauteed Vegetable with Guacamole Salad which has just 332 calories.

Again, that’s a bit too low, so you might want to add a side of Black Beans (154 calories) which will also increase protein.

The Lowest Calorie Gluten-Free Option at Guzman y Gomez

The salads in GyG are gluten-free by ingredient – and so, the lowest calorie choice for you would be the 283-calorie Mild Pulled Pork Salad (remember this doesn’t include extras like sour cream, cheese or gauc).

Of course, as there are other gluten-containing items on the menu at GyG, there is a risk of cross-contamination that you need to consider if you have coeliac disease. On their allergy information, they state that every ingredient may contain traces of wheat, egg, soy or dairy.

Low Calorie and Low in Saturated Fat

You’re looking at the salads again, but for the absolute lowest in saturated fat, pick the Mild Grilled Chicken – it has just 2.7g of saturated fat, very slightly less than the Pulled Pork and just 306 calories a serving.

If you want to add something else to that, your lowest fat choice would be a side of Black Beans if they are available in your local store.

Low Calorie and Low Sodium in Guzman y Gomez

If you’re watching sodium and calories, the best thing you can order in Guzman y Gomez, and feel pretty full, is not a full meal but two $3 tacos. The Ground Beef Tacos only have 155mg of sodium each – so, you can have two for 332 calories and 310mg of sodium.

Oh and if you are watching your sodium, you might want to take a look at our longer post on ordering low sodium at GYG.

So there you have it – a full list of the lowest-calorie options at Guzman and Gomez. If I haven’t talked about your favourite you can find all the GYG Nutrition facts you need here.

You’ll also find fat count, saturated fat count and sodium levels as, after all, it’s not just the number of calories in a dish that makes it healthy.

Oh, and the US Guzman and Gomez calories are slightly different. If you’re looking for those, you’ll need to click here

Find More Aussie Calorie Guides

If you’re heading to any of the other Australian chains we’re steadily adding them to our calorie guides as well – click on the eating out tag on this post to find them all or, look for your favourite below.

You’ll find our guide to the best choices to order in Mad Mex here.

Sticking with our Mexican theme, you might prefer Zambrero and in that case, you’ll find our guide to the best choice to order in Zambrero when you’re counting calories here.

Lastly, if you’ve done all the Mexican and fancy a burger, we’ve found out all the details on what to eat in Grill’d – including all the secrets of their low-carb bun. If you want to know more about that, then click here to see the best picks to order.


Who is The Wellness Nerd?

My name is Helen Foster, and I’m a health journalist and wellness author. Publications I’ve written for include Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest, Body and Soul, Good Health at the Daily Mail, and more. I have also written 16 books on health and nutrition.

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