Burgers, quesadillas, tortilla wraps, and breaded chicken wings—these are just some of Chili’s most popular dishes.
While all these taste amazing, there’s no way that these will pass the keto test.
But did you know that you can find other keto-friendly dishes at Chili’s too?
Yes, there are.
We’ve compiled some of the lowest carb dishes in Chili’s that keto dieters can definitely eat.
If you’re ready, let’s get started!
Tips on How to Order Low Carb at Chili’s
Let’s begin this guide with the basics of how to order keto-friendly dishes at Chili’s
Avoid smoked meat and sauces.
All of us love bold flavors and delicious sauces. To achieve those flavors, they use lots of flavorings, sugars, and other artificial flavors. These are high in carbs which may kick you out of ketosis, so it’s not recommended for you.
On the other hand, most smoked meats contain high amounts of salt and nitrates, which can put you at risk of stomach cancer, so try to avoid those as much as possible. (1)
Don’t order any item with the words “crispy”, “sweet”, or “creamy” in the description.
When looking at the menu, the first thing that you should read is the description. Watch out for any code words that will indicate that the dish is not keto.
These include crispy (fried and breaded), tangy, sweet, or barbecue (this usually means that the dish contains sugar).
When choosing your dressings, avoid anything described as creamy, as most creamy dressings are high in both calories and carbohydrates.
Stick with low-carb drinks.
To be on the safe side, opt for water. However, you can also try hot tea or unsweetened iced tea.
Choose healthy side dishes.
Most of the keto dishes at Chili’s may come with carbohydrate-rich sides like mashed potatoes, fries, and many more.
To keep it keto, we recommend that you go for healthy side dishes. Here are our recommendations:
- Steamed broccoli (3g protein, 0g net carbs)
- Asparagus and Garlic Roasted Tomatoes (1.5g fat, 4g protein, and 8g net carbs)
- Half-order Seared Shrimp (1g fat, 6g protein, and 0 net carbs)
Make your meals more satisfying by ordering Chili’s keto extras.
If you think that the meal you plan to order tastes bland or is not filling enough, we recommend adding a few low-carb extras to your meal. Here are some great ideas:
- Sour Cream (2g net carbs)
- Black Pepper Gravy (4g net carbs)
- Santa Fe Dressing (3g net carbs)
- Cheese (0-1g net carbs)
- Fresh Guacamole (6g net carbs)
- Avocado Slices (4g net carbs)
Go for keto-compatible Chili’s burger toppings.
When it comes to burgers, you would have to hold the bun to keep it keto. The good news is, you may have lost the buns, but you can always add some low-carb toppings so the burgers will still be filling. Here are some of our suggestions:
- Extra Patties (39g fat, 38g protein, and 0 net carbs)
- Applewood Smoked Bacon (6g fat, 5g protein, and 0 net carbs)
- Avocado Slices (7g fat, 1g protein, and 0 net carbs)
- Fried Egg (7g fat, 6g protein, and 1g net carb)
- Garlic Dill Pickles (0g fat, 0g protein, and 1g net carbs)
- Terlingua Chili (5g fat, 6g protein, and 3g net carbs)
Pair your salads with low-carb dressings.
A salad is one of the best options that you have when it comes to eating keto. However, you should also make sure that the dressing that comes with it is low carb. To help you do that, we enumerated some of the lowest carb dressings below:
- Avocado Ranch (2g net carbs)
- Ancho Chile Ranch (3g net carbs)
- Blue Cheese (1g net carb)
- Caesar Salad Dressing (2g net carbs)
- Ranch Dressing (2g net carbs)
What are the Healthiest and Low Carb Options at Chili’s?
Can’t identify what are your low-carb options at Chili’s? We’ve compiled everything below for your convenience.
Low Carb Appetizer Options at Chili’s
Of course, we’re going to start with the appetizers. Here they are:
Wings Over Buffalo
What else can we say? These are wings dipped in tangy and spicy buffalo sauce. It comes with a celery stick and dipping sauce.
Make sure to order the bone-in wings because the boneless version is breaded, so it’s a big no-no for the ketogenic diet.
In order, you’ll get
- 890 calories
- 11g fat
- 73g protein
- 1g fiber
- 3g net carbs
The house salad is a straightforward dish that will give you the fiber that you need. It contains red onions, tomatoes, shredded cheese, lettuce, cucumbers, and lettuce. It comes with your choice of low-carb dressing.
Remove the croutons and the dressing to get
- 10g fat
- 3g protein
- 6g net carbs
Original Chili (Cup)
You should never leave Chili’s without having a taste of their Chili! This original recipe comes with onions, beef, a blend of spices, and shredded cheese and tortilla strips toppings.
You can get
- 370 calories
- 23g fat
- 19g protein
- 1g fiber
- 13g net carbs in one cup
Remove the tortilla strips to reduce the carbohydrate content.
Chili’s Keto Friendly Big Mouth Burgers
Chili’s is also well-known for its burgers. To make these keto-compliant, you should hold the bun and any other sugary sauces that come with it.
Guacamole Beef Burger
Who can say no to a burger packed with a beef patty, bell pepper, onion, and creamy yet healthy guacamole?
This will give you
- 65g fat
- 5g protein
- 5g net carbs without a bun
You may also want to replace the fries with steamed broccoli.
This is a new burger recipe that contains beef bacon, beef patty, lettuce, onions, tomato, queso fundido, and a fried egg.
You can get
- 70g fat
- 62g protein
- 3g net carbs without the bun and fries.
Oldtime Beef Burger
The Oldtimer is an improved classic Chili’s burger. It’s made with a hand-seasoned beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, red onions, and garlic dill pickles.
Remove the nun and hold the sauce to get
- 51g fat
- 50g protein
- Only 2g net carbs
If you want a satisfying and filling dish, the Boss Burger is the way to go.
It contains smoked brisket, rib meat, jalapeno cheddar smoked sausage, bacon, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and tomato. It also has house bbq sauce and ranch.
Finish this, and you’ll get
- 1530 calories
- 107g fat
- 92g protein
- 45g net carbs
Hold the sauces and buns to lower the carbs significantly you’ll consume.
Keto-friendly Fajitas at Chili’s
Their Fajitas line is also something you may want to consider when on keto. However, you may want to hold the Mexican rice, tortillas, and beans that come with it.
Lucky for you, you can still enjoy this dish as it comes with other keto-friendly accompaniments like pico, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, and guacamole.
If you choose to consume these, don’t forget to add these to your macros—white queso and pico de gallo (11g fat, 5g protein, and 6g net carbs) and fajitas toppings (31g fat, 16g protein, and 6g net carbs).
This flavorful steak fajita will give you 15g fat, 26g protein, and 0 net carbs.
This uses grilled chicken breast strips and will give you 3.5g fat, 28g protein, and 0 net carbs.
If you want a seafood fix, the seared shrimp fajitas are one dish you must try.
The plus side is this dish contains 2g fats, 11g protein, and 1g net carbs.
Low Carb Ribs and Steak Options at Chili’s
These smokehouse dishes will surely satisfy your meaty cravings and keto needs, but they can sometimes contain a lot of carbs (even in a steak-specific restaurant like Outback Steakhouse)
Of course, we’ll start with the best steak cut of all—Classic ribeye! (2) Chili’s Classic Ribeye is a thick-cut steak with excellent marbling.
It’s topped with garlic butter and comes with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.
Hold the mashed potatoes, and you’ll get
- 670 calories
- 53g fat
- 52g protein
- 4g fiber
- 4g net carbs
Their classic sirloin is also topped with garlic butter and comes with mashed potato and steamed broccoli.
Again, remove the mashed potato to get only
- 430 calories
- 40g fat
- 4g fiber
- 4g net carbs
This tasty and filling rib dish is smoked and slow-cooked over pecan wood. It’s often served with two sides of your choice.
Order this with steamed broccoli and asparagus to get
- 795 calories
- 54g fats
- 55g protein
- 7g fiber
- 17g net carbs
House BBQ ½ Rack
Same with the original ribs, this one’s also slow-cooked and smoked. However, this one’s a bit sweeter.
Despite that, it’s still considered keto-friendly as it will give you only
- 785 calories
- 54g fats
- 55g protein
- 7g fiber
- 6g net carbs when you order it with steamed broccoli and asparagus
Sirloin with Grilled Avocado
FYI, this is a classic sirloin with a spicy twist!
Instead of garlic butter, this one is topped with a spicy citrus-chile sauce, cilantro, pico, and grilled avocado slices.
The best part?
It comes with keto-friendly grilled asparagus side dish.
This is truly a guiltless dish as it contains only
- 340 calories
- 16g fat
- 38g protein
- 5g fiber
- 8g net carbs
It’s possibly one of the lowest carb dishes at Chili’s.
Keto Seafood Options at Chili’s
Here’s one light Chili’s Guiltless Grill dish that you can enjoy:
This is a seared Atlantic Salmon rubbed with chile and topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and citrus-chile sauce.
This often comes with rice and 1 side. We recommend ditching the rice and for steamed broccoli and a side salad instead.
Without the rice, you’ll get
- 25g fat
- 45g protein
- 10g net carbs
Chili’s Sandwiches for the Keto Diet
Even if you’re on keto, you can still order Chili’s sandwiches. You need to ask them to hold the bun to make the sandwiches low carb.
If you order the lunch combo (half sandwich, side salad, and fries), we suggest going for a healthier side dish instead of fries.
Bacon Avocado Grilled Chicken
A healthier yet equally tasty version of their buffalo chicken sandwich is the Bacon Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich, comprised of grilled chicken, swiss cheese, avocado slices, crispy bacon lettuce, sautéed onions, and cilantro-pesto mayo. All these are placed in between a toasted buttery roll.
You can get
- 1160 calories
- 61g fats
- 83g protein
- 9g fiber
- 66g net carbs with the bun on
Order this without the bread roll, and you can reduce the carbohydrate content to around 10g.
California Turkey Club
This one’s a lighter yet more filling and healthier take on your usual BLT sandwich.
It’s made of turkey slices, bacon strips, tomato, avocado slices, red onion, Swiss cheese, cilantro-pesto mayo, and toasted buttery roll.
One sandwich will give you
- 1030 calories
- 59g fats
- 48g protein
- 9g fiber
- 69g net carbs
Remove the bun and choose a healthier side dish instead of fries to get only around 8g net carbs.
Dishes to Avoid When Eating Keto at Chili’s
Now that you know what dishes to order, here are some of the dishes that keto dieters should never order:
- Buffalo Chicken Ranch Sandwich
- Other Flavors of Bone-In Wings
- Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Egg Rolls
- Boneless Wings
- All Nacho Dishes
- All Breaded Dishes
- All Fries
- All Flatbreads
- All Soups
- All Pasta
- All Waffles
- All Quesadillas
- All Desserts
- All sweetened drinks and beverages
We know it sounds like everything that you like. However, our keto diet requires disciplines and strictness.
The majority of the dishes in Chili’s are breaded, deep-fried, and carbohydrate-rich. Fortunately, we were able to find some that are low carb and keto compliant.
But of course, your choice of the dish should still depend on your macronutrient requirements, so checking out the dishes’ nutrition facts are a must. (3)
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