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Is sour cream free at Chipotle?

Sour cream is one of the most popular toppings at Chipotle Mexican Grill. With its cool, creamy and tangy flavor, it’s the perfect complement to many of Chipotle’s entrées like burritos, bowls, tacos, and more. But is it one of the toppings you can get for free or do you have to pay extra for it? Let’s take a look.

The Basics of Toppings at Chipotle

At Chipotle, toppings are divided into two categories:

  • Free toppings
  • Premium toppings (extra charge applies)

Free toppings are included in the base price of your entrée. So when you order a burrito, bowl, salad, etc. you can add these toppings without incurring any additional cost. They include:

  • Lettuce
  • Fajita veggies (peppers and onions)
  • Salsa
  • Queso
  • Guacamole
  • Corn
  • Pico de gallo salsa

On the other hand, premium toppings cost extra:

  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chips
  • Meat

So based on this, sour cream falls into the premium category that costs extra.

How Much Does Sour Cream Cost at Chipotle?

The amount you’ll pay for sour cream or any other premium topping depends on the size:

Topping Size Price
Kids size $0.75
Regular size $1.25

The kids size is suitable for kids meals or if you just want a bit of sour cream. The regular size gives you a full serving.

Some key things to keep in mind:

  • These prices may vary slightly by location but are standard at most Chipotle restaurants in the US.
  • The sour cream that comes with kids meals is free. You only pay extra if you add it to a kids meal entrée.
  • There are no free sour cream servings or samples. You have to pay the premium topping price no matter the amount.

Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Now that you know sour cream costs extra, here are some tips to get the most value when adding it to your Chipotle order:

Stick to One Premium Topping

The price of premium toppings really adds up, especially if you get sour cream, cheese, and meat all together. Opt for sour cream only to limit the extra cost.

Skip the Chips and Guac

Chips and guac are two of the most expensive menu items at Chipotle. Skip them and put the savings towards sour cream instead.

Ask for Light Sour Cream

You’ll still pay full price but a light scoop may be enough flavor for you. Then use the savings for extra salsa, lettuce etc.

Order a Side

Instead of adding sour cream to your entrée, order a side serving in a cups. You’ll get a larger portion for a similar price as adding it to a bowl or burrito.

Add to Less Expensive Entrées

Getting sour cream on a salad or bowl will cost less overall than adding it to more expensive entrees like a burrito. The total dollar amount will be lower.

Hacks to Get Free Sour Cream

While sour cream does officially cost extra, there are some hacks customers have come up with to try and get it free of charge:

Ask Nicely

Being extra polite when ordering and requesting just a bit of sour cream may convince the employee to sprinkle some on free of charge.

Say You Don’t Have Enough Cash

If you pretend you don’t have enough cash to pay for the sour cream after ordering, the employee may take pity and let you have some without charging.

Ask for a Sample

Since samples aren’t policy, some locations may give you a free spoonful of sour cream if you ask to try it before purchasing.

Order Salsa and Ask for Sour Cream on Top

This hack involves ordering a free salsa, but then asking the employee to combine it with sour cream like a dip. Works best with the nacho cheese salsa.

Use Rewards Points

Sign up for Chipotle’s rewards program and use accumulated points to redeem free sour cream as a reward. You can also get free guac or entrees.

Should You Ever Pay Extra for Sour Cream?

Here are some scenarios where paying extra for sour cream might make sense:

  • You’re a huge sour cream lover and will use every last drop
  • You rarely dine at Chipotle and want to treat yourself
  • Chipotle is the only place you eat sour cream because you love it so much
  • You need the cooling balance it provides to spicy salsa and meat
  • You’re ordering multiple entrees and splitting the cost makes it negligible

But in most cases, getting free toppings is the smarter move. Sour cream isn’t so integral to Chipotle’s food that it’s worth paying extra every time. A small drizzle of salsa cream or cheese gives similar cooling contrast.


At the end of the day, sour cream is not free at Chipotle. It’s considered a premium topping that costs extra based on serving size. While some customers have found clever hacks to score free sour cream, it’s still an official paid addition in the Chipotle menu.

Your best bet is sticking to the many free toppings unless you’re a total sour cream fanatic. And if you do indulge in sour cream, use these tips to maximize value for your dollar and not overpay.

While it requires an extra charge, keep in mind that Chipotle uses only the highest quality ingredients. The sour cream is made from real cultured cream and milk, giving it that tangy, creamy flavor you can’t resist. Just adjust the rest of your order to account for the sour cream upcharge.

At the end of the day, the minimal cost is worth it to customize your Chipotle meal exactly how you love it. And if that means a heaping scoop of rich, cool sour cream, then just go for it and savor each bite!