Last Update in August 2021! I think you’ll be happy to discover how many popular items at Chili’s are actually dairy free. Sure, they use cheese on and in quite a few dishes. But burgers, ribs, chicken crispers, and several other entrees and sides are on this special diet menu. As an added bonus, we’ve labeled items that are also gluten-free and have included a vegan menu in this post.
Chili’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Gluten-Free & Vegan Options
Fortunately, Chili’s offers a fairly detailed allergen menu, which they update annually. We referenced their latest list to create this detailed dairy-free menu. Our menu includes gluten-free labels for items that are made without gluten ingredients (see the disclaimer below). And we’ve included a separate vegan-friendly menu below.
- Bottomless Tostada Chips & Salsa (gluten-free)
- Fresh Guacamole & Chips (gluten-free)
- Fried Pickles (no ranch dressing)
Heads Up! All flavors of Chili’s Bone-In and Boneless Wings contain milk.
- Crispy Chicken Crispers (no ranch)
- Crispy Honey Chipotle (no ranch)
- Crispy Mango-Habanero (no ranch)
- Original Chicken Crispers
Dairy-Free Side Sauces: Original BBQ, Honey-Mustard, House BBQ, Wing Sauce
- Caribbean Salad optionally with Grilled Chicken or Shrimp (gluten-free)
- Grilled Chicken Salad (no cheese; gluten-free)
- Santa Fe Chicken Salad with Spicy Grilled Chicken (no ranch dressing; gluten-free)
Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette, Honey Lime, Honey Lime Vinaigrette, Honey-Mustard, Santa Fe, Thousand Island (all dairy-free dressings are also gluten-free)
Heads Up! The croutons at Chili’s do contain milk. So you can order a House Salad, but it would need to be stripped down with no croutons, no cheese, and a dairy-free dressing.
- The Original Chili (no cheese; gluten-free)
Burgers & Sandwiches
- Oldtimer Burger
- Alex’s Santa Fe Burger (no cheese)
- Chili’s Chili Burger (no cheese)
Dairy-Free Add-Ons: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado Slices, The Original Chili
Heads Up! The Sautéed Mushrooms and Black Bean Patty at Chili’s contain milk. And yes, the Burger Buns at Chili’s are dairy-free! But make sure your location doesn’t butter them.
Gluten-Free Option: You can order all of the above burgers without a bun (lettuce optional) to make them gluten-free.
- Texas-Size Baby Back Ribs in Original, Dry Rub, Honey-Chipotle, or House BBQ (gluten-free)
- Sizzling Carnitas Fajitas (no “fajita toppings”; gluten-free with corn tortillas)
- Ranchero Chicken Tacos (no cheese)
- Guiltless Grill 6 oz. Sirloin with Grilled Avocado (gluten-free)
- Guiltless Grill Grilled Chicken Salad (no cheese; gluten-free)
- Guiltless Grill Mango-Chile Chicken (gluten-free)
- Guiltless Grill Margarita Grilled Chicken (gluten-free)
- Smoked Brisket (no toast; gluten-free)
Heads Up! The veggie and other meat and seafood fajitas contain milk. Their regular steaks are cooked with butter. You might be able to order them dairy-free (the classic ribeye and sirloin are gluten-free).
Sides & Other Extras
- Black Beans (gluten-free)
- Coleslaw (gluten-free)
- Fries (gluten-free)
- Garlic Dill Pickles (gluten-free)
- Guacamole (gluten-free)
- Mexican Rice (gluten-free)
- Roasted Asparagus (gluten-free)
- Shrimp (gluten-free)
- Steamed Broccoli (gluten-free)
- Sweet Corn on the Cob (not the Street Corn; gluten-free)
- Burger Bites
- Crispy Chicken Crispers (with dairy-free dip)
- Grilled Chicken Bites
- Original Ribs (gluten-free)
- Corn on the Cob (gluten-free)
- Fresh Pineapple (gluten-free)
- Fries (gluten-free)
- Mandarin Oranges (gluten-free)
- Steamed Broccoli (gluten-free)
Chili’s Vegan Menu Options
The following are vegan by ingredients, but the fried items are made in a shared fryer where milk and other animal ingredients may be present. All of the items below, except for the Fried Pickles and Flour Tortillas, are gluten-free by ingredients.
Appetizers & Salads
- Bottomless Tostada Chips & Salsa
- Fresh Guacamole & Chips
- Fried Pickles without Ranch Dressing
- Caribbean Salad ordered with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
- House Side Salad without Croutons and Cheese, ordered with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sides & Extras
- Avocado Slices
- Black Beans
- Corn Tortillas
- Flour Tortillas
- Fresh Pineapple
- Garlic Dill Pickles
- Mandarin Oranges
- Mexican Rice
- Roasted Asparagus
- Steamed Broccoli
- Sweet Corn on the Cob
Sauces & Dressings
- Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
- House BBQ Sauce
- Original BBQ Sauce
Chili’s Does Use a Shared Fryer
Fried items at Chili’s may be cooked in a fryer that other items containing milk are cooked in. Fried items do include their house tortilla chips. Be sure to ask for non-fried options if you are concerned about potential cross-contamination in the fryer. Chili’s uses soybean oil for frying.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find Chili’s
This Tex-Mex bar & grill chain has over 1500 locations worldwide. The bulk of their restaurants are in the U.S., but they do have outposts in Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. See their website below for locations, hours, and online to-go ordering.
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I used to like this place. Vegan now, they definitely need to up their game with the times. All the coupons and such, no vegan deserts, etc.. Such a slim vegan menu. They really need to get it together and add some vegan burgers and vegan variety. We can do so much with such simple additions like those and it would bring in so much more business for them and the future.