Chili's is possible without shattering your carb limit. Here's a guide to eating low carb at Chili's.
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Chili's was surprising, somewhat; mainly because last week we saw that Chipotle was surprisingly well balanced. Chili's on the other hand has a ton of high carb items, and it seems as though there's no menu item that you can eat all of if you're balancing your plate and counting carbs.
Unfortunately, Chili's doesn't have a nutrition calculator that will adjust as you add or subtract ingredients from the order, but they have a (tedious) PDF menu if you want to check the nutrition of anything not in this review.
**NOTE - If it's not listed in this review, it's right at or well above 45 total carbs, which means it doesn't make sense on a well balanced plate.
This is a lengthy review. Scroll to the menu section you normally order from and check out the Kids' section. If you don't find anything you like, check out everything else.
Chili's Low Carb Drinks
In these reviews, drinks are listed if they are 10 carbs or less. It's an arbitrary standard, but it's set to keep in mind that you may be sick of water or diet soda, and that carbs in drinks are processed by your body much more quickly than carbs in food.
That said, the only acceptable low carb drinks at Chili's are diet sodas, Coke Zero, coffee and water, all of which have 0 carbs.
Other than these, the lowest carb drink was an unsweetened Arnold Palmer with 16 carbs. All other drinks were much too high carb.
Chili's Low Carb Vegetarian
|Black Bean Patty (for burger)||22||17|
|Black Bean & Veggie Fajitas (no sides or tortillas)*||66||28|
The bun for the black bean patty is buttered, and it has 37 carbs and 7 grams of protein.
More vegetarian items are listed under Kids' Entrees, Sides and Salads.
To find out if a food is vegan, visit Chili's allergen and vegan list.
Chili's Low Carb Kids Entrees
Ordering from the kids' menu can make ordering easy and help control portions.
|Kids Entrees||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Grilled Chicken Dippers||2||28|
|Mashed Potatoes w/o Gravy||16||2|
|Pizza - Cheese||33||17|
|Pizza - Pepperoni||33||20|
|Grilled Cheese Sandwich||36||13|
Chili's Low Carb Appetizers
|Bone-in Wings w/Buffalo||6||62|
|Bone-in Wings w/House BBQ||21||62|
|Bone-in Wings w/Mango Habanero||32||62|
|Crispy Cheddar Bites||33||42|
Low Carb Triple Dipper Appetizers
Triple dipper appetizers are when you pick 3 appetizers to make one order. The serving size for each appetizer is smaller than if you were to order a full appetizer of 1 item.
If you order a Triple Dipper, you'll still only be able to eat one appetizer (so to speak) but it'll be easier to control the portion and know just how many carbs you're eating.
|Triple Dipper Appetizers||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Crispy Cheddar Bites||18||22|
|Chicken Crispers (no sauce)||23||31|
|Boneless Wings w/Buffalo||28||23|
Chili's Low Carb Salads
|Salads (as served & w/o dressing)||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Southwestern Chicken Caesar||21||29|
|Southwestern Shrimp Caesar||21||20|
|Sante Fe Chicken w/Chicken||27||36|
|Salad Dressing (2oz)||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Ancho Chile Ranch||4||2|
|Honey Lime Vinaigrette||8||0|
Chili's Low Carb Soups & Chili
|Soups & Chili (as served)||Size||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Loaded Baked Potato||Cup||14||9|
|Loaded Baked Potato||Bowl||28||18|
Chili's Low Carb Lunch Combos
Chili's lunch combos come with fries or chips. Those carbs are not included in the counts below.
The lunch portion of fries is 30 carbs, and the chips carbs for this portion are unknown.
|Lunch Combos (no fries or chips)||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Boneless Wings w/Buffalo Sauce||33||27|
|Quesadilla Bacon Ranch Chicken||35||34|
|Sandwich Bacon Avocado Chicken||37||44|
|Sandwich CA Turkey Club||39||27|
|Tacos Chili's 1975||39||20|
|Tacos Spicy Shrimp||40||19|
Chili's Low Carb Healthy Meals
|Guiltless Grill (as served)||Total Carbs||Protein|
|6oz Sirloin w/Grilled Avocado||13||38|
|Grilled Chicken Salad||23||37|
Low Carb Smokehouse Combos
|Smokehouse Combos||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Jalapeno Cheddar Smoked Sausage||4||21|
|Ribs Original BBQ||10||49|
|Ribs House BBQ||11||49|
|Cheesy Bacon BBQ Chicken||13||42|
|Crispers Original w/ Honey Mustard||23||31|
|Ribs Dry Rub||23||50|
|Ribs Honey Chipotle BBQ||23||49|
|Crispers Crispy w/o Sauce||25||27|
All smokehouse combos come with the sides listed below. Everything combined is well over 45 total carbs, but all items are listed for your reference.
It's highly suggested to swap out the fries, toast or corn for a green side like broccoli, asparagus or salad.
If you keep the fries, try to eat less than half.
|Smokehouse Combo Sides||Total Carbs||Protein|
|Garlic Dill Pickles||0||0|
|Chile Garlic Toast||17||3|
|Roasted Street Corn||31||6|
Chili's Low Carb Ribs
The standard bun on a burger at Chili's is buttered and has 37 total carbs and 7 grams of protein. If you remove half of the bun it leaves you with 19 carbs.
|Burgers (no fries)||Total Carbs||Half Bun||No Bun||Protein|
|Oldtimer with Cheese Beef||42||23||5||51|
|Alex's Santa Fe Beef||45||26||8||51|
|Mushroom Swiss Beef||45||26||8||52|
|Big Mouth Bites (4)*||76||65|
Fixing Chili's Fajitas to be Low Carb
The meats are separate from all other components.
|Fajita Meats (no toppings or tortillas)||Total Carbs||Per Portion Carbs||Protein||Protein Per Portion|
|Mushroom Jack Chicken||28||7||56||14|
With all components on a fajita plate, there are over 100 carbs for the full dinner.
It's suggested that you eat either the beans or the rice, preferably the beans because they have more protein and fiber.
|Fajita Toppings & Tortillas||Total Carbs||Carbs Per Portion||Protein||Protein Per Portion|
|White Queso & Pico de Gallo||5||1||6||1|
|Peppers & Onions||20||5||3||<1|
|Corn Tortillas (4)||47||12||4||1|
|Flour Tortillas (4)||58||15||9||2|
To give you a picture, 1 fajita with a corn tortilla and all toppings (portioned) will be 38 to 40 carbs based on the meat you choose.
Using the same composition but with a flour tortilla, each fajita will be 41 to 43 total carbs.
Chili's Low Carb Sides
|Corn on the Cob||29||4|
|Roasted Street Corn||31||6|
|Loaded Mashed Potatoes||33||10|
Chili's Pasta Dishes
Both pasta dishes are just over 100 carbs each, so it's probably not worth the order just to eat ⅓rd of it.
Low Carb Extras
|BBQ Sauce House||16||1|
|BBQ Sauce Original||16||1|