On The Border is a Custom Order Mexican Grill for Dairy-Free Diners


The dairy-free options aren’t expansive a this Mexican restaurant chain, but we do appreciate that On The Border offers both an allergen chart and ordering recommendations for each top allergen. We pooled information from both to give you a bigger picture of the dairy-free options at On The Border.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

On The Border Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Custom Order Options

The allergen menu at On The Border looks simple but can feel limiting for dairy-free diners. But it’s really about understanding your basic options at this restaurant. Knowing that you want corn tortillas, black beans, refried beans without cheese on top, and cilantro lime rice (but not flour tortillas or Mexican rice) will help you gain your bearings. From there, most of the meats are dairy-free, along with the sauteed veggies, chips, salsa, guacamole, and vinaigrettes. Now we’re talking options! Here’s how it breaks down.


  • Chips & Salsa (served free)
  • Guacamole
  • Guacamole Live! (made fresh at your table)


  • Grande Taco Salad, Chicken Tinga or Ground Beef (without tortilla crisps, cheese, and lime crema)
  • Fajita Salad, Chicken or Steak (without cheese)
  • Mango Chicken Salad (without cheese)

Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Salsa, Lime Vinaigrette, Smoked Jalapeño Vinaigrette

Border Bowls

  • Chicken (without cheese)
  • Portobello Mushroom (without cheese)
  • Shrimp (without cheese)
  • Steak (without cheese)


  • Classic Fajitas, Carnitas, Chicken, Portobello & Vegetable, or Steak (choose corn tortillas, and sides and condiments listed as dairy free)
  • Border Smart Chicken Fajitas (verify all sides and condiments are dairy free before ordering)

Note: The Homemade Flour Tortillas at On The Border contain milk, but their Corn Tortillas are listed as dairy-free (and top allergen free).

Favorites from the Mesquite Grill

  • Mexican Grilled Chicken, Salsa Fresca or Tomatillo Sauce


  • Cabo Grilled Shrimp Tacos
  • Grilled Fish Tacos Del Mar

Sides & Add-Ons

  • Black Beans
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Grilled Shrimp Skewer
  • Guacamole
  • House Salad (without tortilla strips and cheese)
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Refried Beans (without cheese)
  • Sautéed Vegetables

Note: The Mexican Rice at On The Border contains milk.


  • Chile con Carne
  • Green Chile
  • Ranchero
  • Salsa Fresca
  • Tomatillo
  • Honey Chipotle Dipping Sauce


  • Grilled Chicken Soft Corn Taco (without cheese and with dairy-free sides)
  • Border Blast, Blue Raspberry or Cherry

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.

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.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Where to Find On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

They have over 150 restaurants in the U.S. and a smattering in South Korea. See the website below for addresses, hours, and contact information.

Website: www.ontheborder.com

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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