Eating at a restaurant can be tricky when first starting the ketogenic diet. You may be wondering what you can and can’t have. Sometimes the simplest thing to do is just to order a burger with no bun, but what do you do when you are craving something different? Here’s a quick guide to how to order keto at Chilis.
The majority of appetizers at Chilis are breaded and deep-fried, meaning they are definitely not keto-friendly. You are going to want to avoid the chips (queso, salsa, or white spinach dip), egg rolls, fried pickles, fried cheese bites, and mini burgers. You can, however, opt for the bone-in wings.
Avoid the boneless wings because they are breaded, which means added carbs. The non-breaded bone-in wings are a great alternative. An order of the bone-in buffalo wings is 890 calories, 65g of fat, 4g of total carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, and 73g of protein. The boneless wings, on the other hand, have 58g of carbs.
Avoid the sweetener sauces like BBQ, mango habanero, or honey chipotle because they have a higher carb count.
You can add a dipping sauce like blue cheese or ranch for a small number of additional carbs.
As aforementioned, one of the simples keto orders at Chilis would be a burger with no bun. However, some of the burgers do have additional carbohydrates based on toppings. Try ordering the Oldtimer (or with cheese), Just Bacon Burger, or Mushroom and Swiss burger. Be aware that specialty burgers like Santa Fe Burger, Boss Burger, and Queso Burger all have added sauces that pack additional carbs.
Ribs, Steaks, and Smokehouse Combos
The dry rub ribs may seem like a good keto option; however, one serving has 23g of carbohydrates. Instead, opt for the smoked brisket, which has 5g of carbohydrates. The 6oz classic sirloin only has 4g of carbohydrates and is 1,020 calories.
Why not try the classic sirloin topped with grilled avocado slices? The 6oz portion only has 340 calories, 13g of total carbohydrates, 5g of fiber (8g net carbs), and 38g of protein.
Most of the salads at Chilis are not keto; however, the Caesar salad would be one of your best low-carb options. The lunch portion has 7g of carbs, 1g of fiber, and is 160 calories. The larger portion is double this amount (so 14g of carbs).
The lunch portion of the House Salad (or side salad without dressing) is a close second with 8g of carbohydrates.
You can try the fajitas without the tortilla, rice, beans, or additional sauces. Essentially, your meal would simply be the meat (steak, seared shrimp, or chicken) and fajita veggies (mixed peppers and onions). The exact nutrition of this is not disclosed, however, since Chili’s lists the nutritional information as a complete meal (not without the accouterments).
When picking a side, you are going to want to avoid the obvious high-carb dishes like mashed potatoes and french fries. Instead opt for the steamed broccoli, which is 40 calories per serving, 8g of total carbs, 4g of fiber, and 4g of net carbs.
The asparagus is another great option on the keto diet. One serving is 35 calories, 5g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, and 2g of net carbs.
What’s Your Go-To Keto Order at Chili’s?
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