Everything Vegan at Chilis (Jan-2020)
Chilis has some pretty decent vegan options. Their vegan items are limited to sides/appetizers/salads though, but none the less you can make a decent vegan meal out of those options.
While I’d personally I’d say there are better options for a vegan to eat at, such as Freebirds which gives huge portions and has great vegan options, or Qdoba which is a little more upscale version of Freebirds, or even Baja Fresh.
It’s not that Chili’s doesn’t have any good vegan options, as we’ll go them all below and they have some good ones. It’s just they don’t have any benefit over the above mentioned cheaper places, and maybe even is slightly disadvantaged as many of them have vegan meat replacements while Chilis currently doesn’t.
Vegan Appetizers at Chilis:
- Bottomless Tortilla Chips & Salsa
- Chips & Table-side (Unprepared) Guacamole
- Chips & Fresh (Prepared) Guacamole
- Basket of French Fries
- Fried Pickle Slices (Without Ranch Dressing)
As far as I know the Guacamole with Chips and the French Fries aren’t bottomless/unlimited, however apparently Chilis does have promotions making them unlimited once in awhile.
Make sure to get another salad dressing in place of the ranch dressing for the Fried Pickles, as it should not only be free, but having a dressing works as a great palate cleanser even if you don’t use it to dip your pickles in!
Vegan Main Course (non-salad) Options at Chilis:
- Mexican Rice & Beans with Tortillas & Guacamole (Sides)
Unfortunately that’s really all there is that really would resemble a normal “meal” that Chilis sells, and that’s just combining a few sides together.
The Fajitas, including the vegetable fajitas, appear to contain dairy according to Chilis most recent allergen menu, and I’ve heard mixed things from Chilis on if they can be made vegan or not. You could ask, but some locations seem to use butter instead of oil for their fajitas, and sometimes include a non-vegan sauce that has egg in it. I’d just avoid them as I haven’t gotten a clear consistent answer from Chilis.
Vegan Side Options at Chilis:
- Side Mexican Rice & Beans
- Flour Tortillas
- Corn Tortilla
- Corn On The Cob (Request no butter)
- Pineapple Chunks/Slices
- Mandarin Oranges
- French Fries
- Steamed Broccoli
- Chips & Salsa
- Chips & Guacamole
- Side House Salad
- Garlic Dill Pickles
- Black Beans
- Grilled Asparagus
- Mexican Rice
- Avocado Slices
That’s all the Vegan Sides and meaningful additions you could make to your meal at Chilis Grill & Bar.
While it could be better, rice, beans, tortillas, corn, fries, and chips & salsa/guacamole is more than enough to make yourself a satisfying vegan meal.
Vegan Salad Options at Chilis:
- Caribbean Salad (Swap Dressing for Vegan one)
- House Salad (No croutons, swap dressing, or cheese)
Vegan Salad Dressings & Sauces at Chilis:
- BBQ Sauce
- House-made BBQ Sauce
- Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Pico De Gallo
Unfortunately that’s all the vegan dressings/sauces they have other than of course ketchup and the like as well as previously mentioned things like Guacamole and Salsa.
What about the Soups & Veggie Burger?
None of the other menu items seem to be vegan at this time, including the Veggie burger and all of Chilis soups.
While Chili’s Veggie burger is vegetarian it’s not vegan. It’s a black-bean patty that contains egg and dairy, so us vegans should stick to the rice/beans/etc mentioned above. Hopefully they start using vegan black-bean patties soon or get on the beyond meat bandwagon.
As for the Soups, all of them aren’t even vegetarian, so they definitely aren’t vegan.