Chili’s is a casual dining restaurant chain serving everything from tacos and steaks to burgers and salads. As long as you know how to customize your meal, you can easily eat keto at Chili’s
The best low carb Chili’s options include steaks, grilled chicken, and steamed vegetables. You can also enjoy a salad, a bunless burger, or the fajitas minus the tortilla shells and starchy sides.
Here’s how to eat low carb at Chili’s, based on the nutrition information.
You can choose the lighter choice salmon or salmon with garlic and herbs. Both options are very low in carbs and high in protein.
A serving of lighter choice salmon without any sides contains 340 calories, 19g fat, 0g carbs, and 41g protein.
A serving of salmon with garlic and herbs without any sides contains 400 calories, 26 fat, 1g carbs, and 42g protein.
Add steamed broccoli as a side dish with your order. This will add 40 calories, 8g carbs (4g net carbs), and 3g protein.
What to order: ask for the lighter choice salmon or salmon with garlic and herbs with a side order of steamed broccoli.
Grilled chicken from the Fajitas menu without any of the sides is a great option for a keto diet.
The fajita toppings as well as the peppers and onion mix add a lot of carbs, so we suggest you just get the chicken and a side order of steamed broccoli.
The grilled chicken, without anything else, contains 110 calories, 3g fat, 1g carbs, and 20g protein. Steamed broccoli will add 40 calories, 8g carbs (4g net carbs), and 3g protein.
What to order: ask for the grilled chicken from the Fajitas menu without any sides or tortillas. Ask for a side order of steamed broccoli.
Beef or Turkey Patty
Ordering a patty (or 2) as your protein with a side of steamed broccoli and avo (optional) makes for a great ketogenic diet meal.
A beef burger patty on its own contains 430 calories, 32g fat, 1g carbs, and 32 g protein. The turkey option contains 210 calories, 9g fat, 0g carbs, and 33 g protein.
Steamed broccoli will add 40 calories, 8g carbs (4g net carbs), and 3g protein while a portion of avo slices will add 80 calories, 7g fat, 4g carbs, and 1g protein.
What to order: ask for a turkey or beef burger patty only without any additions (such as a bun or sauce). Also ask for a side order of broccoli or avo as you like.
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 classic sirloin 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 House Salad is always a good standby when eating out on a low-carb diet. Without dressing it contains 70 calories, 3g fat, 9g carbs (7g net carbs), 2g fiber, and 4g protein.
If you add grilled chicken, shrimp, or steak, it will only contribute 0 to 1g carbs. Be sure to hold the croutons.
Low carb dressings you can add as an option are Blue Cheese (1g carbs), Caesar (2g carbs) or Ranch dressing (2g). Just be careful how much dressing you use.
What to order: a House Salad with grilled chicken, steak, or seared shrimp. Order your choice dressing, if any, on the side.
Grilled Steak (Fajitas)
Although this option is from the Fajitas menu, we recommend leaving all the sides except the cheese and sour cream to keep it very low on the carbs.
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 grilled steak on its own doesn’t contain any carbs. It contains 200 calories, 14g fat, and 18g protein. The sour cream has 2g carbs and cheese has 1g carbs.
The fajita onions and peppers have 24g carbs! We recommend getting a side order of broccoli instead. Steamed broccoli will add 40 calories, 8g carbs (4g net carbs), and 3g protein.
What to order: ask for the grilled steak from the fajitas menu without any sides except sour cream and cheese. Also ask for a side order of broccoli or avo as you like.
Grilled Chicken Salad
You can order the grilled chicken salad if you request some changes. Also consider modifying the southwest chicken Caesar salad.
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. Add some seared shrimp for extra protein!
Bacon Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Chili’s has a bacon avocado grilled chicken sandwich that comes with bacon, Swiss cheese, avocado, sautéed onions, tomato, lettuce, and cilantro-pesto mayo. This is a great alternative to the buffalo chicken ranch sandwich.
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 This will add another 4g carbs.
What to order: a bacon avocado grilled chicken sandwich without the bun or mayo and 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.
With the bun, it contains 1030 calories, 71 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and 56 grams of protein. You can reduce this to about 3g of carbs by holding the bun.
What to order: ask for a bacon burger without the bun. Ask for grilled avocado slices instead of fries.
The Oldtimer Cheeseburger or boss burger comes with a half-pound beef patty, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and American cheese.
With the bun, 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 2g by holding the bun.
What to order: ask for an Oldtimer Cheeseburger without the bun. Ask for grilled avocado instead of fries. This will add another 4g carbs.
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, 52g fat, 78g carbs, 9g fiber, and 48g 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. Just remember to say no to the tortilla strips and mashed potatoes.
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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