Chili’s is a casual dining restaurant chain that has an extensive menu that includes everything from tacos and fajitas to steaks and ribs. They also serve burgers, pasta, seafood, sandwiches, salads, and lots of fried food.
You can keep it low-carb here by opting for a steak and steamed vegetable dish. You can also enjoy a salad, a bunless burger, or the fajitas minus the tortilla shells and starchy sides.
Here are the lowest carb options you can order at Chili’s in order of the lowest carbs to highest, based on the nutrition information.
The classic ribeye features a thick, marbled steak topped with garlic butter. It’s served with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.
Without the sides, this dish contains 630 calories, 40 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 67 grams of protein.
You can keep the carbs minimal by asking for double steamed broccoli and no mashed potatoes.
What to order: the classic ribeye with double steamed broccoli and no mashed potatoes. If this dish comes with soup or salad, then ask for a side Caesar salad without the croutons.
Bone-In Buffalo Wings
The bone-in buffalo wings are offered on the appetizer menu. They appear to be breaded, but you can always ask to have them grilled instead.
They contain 830 calories, 63 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs (5 grams net carbs), 1 gram of fiber, and 62 grams of protein.
What to order: the bone-in buffalo wings with a low-carb dipping sauce, such as ranch, sour cream, or even guacamole.
6-Ounce Sirloin With Grilled Avocado
Chili’s has a “guiltless grill” section of the menu that contains healthier, lower-calorie options.
They have a 6-ounce sirloin steak that you can get with a spicy sauce, grilled avocado slices, pico, and roasted asparagus.
It contains 330 calories, 16 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs (7 grams net carbs), 6 grams of fiber, and 38 grams of protein.
You can reduce the carbs by asking for no sauce.
What to order: the 6-ounce sirloin steak with grilled avocado and roasted asparagus. Hold the spicy citrus-chile sauce.
A Caesar salad is always a good standby when eating out on a low-carb diet.
It contains 330 calories, 27 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbs (12 grams net carbs), 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.
If you add grilled chicken, shrimp, or steak, it will not contribute to any net carbs. Be sure to hold the croutons.
What to order: a Caesar salad with chicken, steak, or shrimp minus the croutons.
Grilled Steak Fajitas
All fajitas come with chipotle butter, grilled bell peppers and onions, Mexican rice, black beans and flour tortillas. You also get a side of sour cream, pico, salsa, and shredded cheese.
The steak fajitas (minus the toppings or tortillas) contain 670 calories, 42 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbs (18 grams of net carbs), 3 grams of fiber, and 55 grams of protein.
The grilled shrimp fajitas also contain the same amount of carbs.
You can greatly reduce the carbs by holding the tortillas, rice, and beans. Instead, top your grilled steak strips with sour cream, cheese, and fajita veggies.
What to order: the grilled steak (or shrimp) fajitas without the tortilla shells, rice, or beans. Ask for guacamole on the side.
Grilled Chicken Salad
You can order the grilled chicken salad if you request some changes.
The salad comes with grilled chicken, tomatoes, corn and black bean salsa, and shredded cheese with a honey-lime vinaigrette dressing.
It contains 440 calories, 23 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs (18 grams net carbs), 5 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein.
Ask to hold the corn and black bean salsa and vinaigrette dressing. Choose oil and vinegar or ranch instead. This should bring your net carbs down to fewer than 10.
What to order: the grilled chicken salad with no corn and black bean salsa. Ask for oil and vinegar dressing or ranch instead of the honey-lime vinaigrette.
Bacon Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Chili’s has a bacon avocado grilled chicken sandwich that comes with bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, sauteed onions, tomato, lettuce, and cilantro-pesto mayo.
It contains 620 calories, 33 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 44 grams of protein.
You can reduce the carbs to only 1 or 2 grams by holding the bun and sauce. You can also ask for grilled avocado instead of fries.
What to order: a bacon avocado grilled chicken sandwich without the bun or mayo and grilled avocado on the side (instead of fries).
Just Bacon Burger
The just bacon burger comes with a half-pound beef patty, bacon, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and garlic aioli.
It contains 1030 calories, 71 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and 56 grams of protein.
However, you can reduce this to about 3 grams of carbs by holding the bun.
What to order: a just bacon burger without the bun. Ask for grilled avocado slices instead of fries.
The oldtimer cheeseburger comes with a half-pound beef patty, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and American cheese.
It contains 860 calories, 55 grams of fat, 42 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 51 grams of protein.
However, you can reduce the carbs to 1 or 2 grams by holding the bun.
What to order: an oldtimer cheeseburger without the bun. Ask for grilled avocado instead of fries.
California Turkey Club
The California turkey club comes with roasted turkey breast, bacon, avocado, tomato, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato with cilantro-pesto mayo.
It contains 960 calories, 52 grams of fat, 78 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fiber, and 48 grams of protein.
However, you can reduce the carbs to only a few grams by holding the bun and pesto mayo.
What to order: the California turkey club without the bun and mayo. Ask for grilled avocado in place of the fries.
Chili’s offers a wide range of menu options. However, many of them are not suitable for a low-carb diet.
They have several keto-friendly steak options that you can get with steamed broccoli or a side salad for only a few grams of carbs.
You can also enjoy a burger or chicken sandwich minus the bun and sauce. They have grilled avocado that you can get instead of fries.
You’ll have to make a few modifications if you want to enjoy a salad. Stick with water or unsweetened tea for your beverage choice.
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