Chili's Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen & Vegan Options

Updated April 2022! 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 Custom, Allergen, and Vegan Notes

Chili’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Custom, Allergen, and Vegan Notes

Be aware of special order requirements in parentheses () next to the menu items, and see the Heads Up notes to help fill in the blanks. Please note that this guide is for the U.S. locations. Options may vary in other countries.

Fryer Note: 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 cooked separately from common cooking spaces if you are concerned about potential cross-contamination. Chili’s uses soybean oil for frying.

Other Allergen & Dietary Notes: All of the items listed below are made without egg, peanut, and tree nuts, unless otherwise noted. We have also labeled the gluten-free options below. For vegan options, see the Vegan Menu Guide at the bottom of this post.

Appetizers

  • 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.

Chicken Crispers

  • 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

Salads

  • Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken or Seared Shrimp (gluten-free) (contains egg)
  • Grilled Chicken Salad (no cheese) (gluten-free)
  • Santa Fe Chicken Salad (no ranch dressing) (gluten-free) (contains egg)
  • Santa Fe Crispers Salad (no ranch dressing) (gluten-free) (contains egg)

Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette, Honey Lime (contains egg), Honey Lime Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard (contains egg), Santa Fe (contains egg), Thousand Island (contains egg) (all are 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.

Soups

  • The Original Chili (no cheese) (gluten-free)

Heads Up! All other soups offered at Chili’s do contain milk.

Burgers & Sandwiches

  • Big Mouth Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • Oldtimer Burger
  • Alex’s Santa Fe Burger (no cheese) (contains egg)
  • Bacon Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich (no cheese, sub brioche bun, sub mayo for aioli) (contains egg)
  • Bacon Rancher (no ranch, no cheese)
  • BBQ Brisket Burger (no cheese) (contains egg)
  • Big Bacon BBQ Burger (no cheese)
  • California Turkey Club (no cheese, sub brioche bun, sub mayo for aioli) (contains egg)
  • Chili’s Secret Sauce Burger (no cheese) (contains egg)
  • Just Bacon Burger (no cheese) (contains egg)

Dairy-Free Add-Ons: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado Slices, The Original Chili

Gluten-Free Option: You can order all of the above burgers without a bun (lettuce optional) to make them gluten-free.

Heads Up! The Sautéed Mushrooms, Cilantro-Pesto Mayo, and Black Bean Patty at Chili’s contain milk. But we confirmed that the the secret sauce, garlic aioli, and sautéed onions are made without dairy. And yes, the brioche Burger Buns at Chili’s are dairy-free! But make sure your location doesn’t butter them.

Other Entrees

  • Texas-Size Baby Back Ribs in Original, Dry Rub, Honey-Chipotle, or House BBQ (gluten-free)
  • Ancho Salmon (no cheese) (gluten-free)
  • Chipotle Fresh Mex Bowl with Chicken or Shrimp (no cheese, no pesto, no ranch – sub dairy-free sauces)
  • Fajitas with Chicken, Shrimp, or Steak (no chipotle garlic butter, no cheese, no sour cream)
  • Ranchero Chicken Tacos (no cheese) (contains egg)
  • Guiltless Grill 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)
  • Spicy Shrimp Tacos (no cheese) (contains egg)

Heads Up! Their regular steaks are cooked with butter. You might be able to order them dairy-free (the classic ribeye and sirloin are gluten-free). The Veggie Fajitas are served with their black bean patty, which contains milk.

Kids Menu

  • Burger Bites
  • Grilled Chicken Bites
  • Crispy Chicken Crispers (with dairy-free dip)
  • Grilled Chicken Dippers (no ranch) (gluten-free)
  • 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)

Sides & Other Extras

  • Coleslaw (gluten-free) (contains egg)
  • Fries (gluten-free)
  • Guacamole (gluten-free)
  • Mexican Rice & Black Beans (gluten-free)
  • Roasted Asparagus (gluten-free)
  • Shrimp (gluten-free)
  • Steamed Broccoli (gluten-free)
  • Sweet Corn on the Cob (not the Street Corn; gluten-free)
  • Tortillas, Corn (gluten-free)
  • Tortillas, Flour
  • Tostada Chips & Salsa

Heads Up! The Roasted Street Corn and Garlic Toast do contain milk.

Chili’s Vegan Menu Guide

  • Fresh Guacamole & Chips
  • Fried Pickles (no ranch)
  • Tostada Chips & Salsa
  • Caribbean Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • House Side Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette (no croutons, no cheese)
  • Chipotle Fresh Mex Bowl (no meat, no cheese, no pesto, no ranch – sub dairy-free sauces)

Other Sides & Extras

  • Avocado Slices
  • Fries
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Mexican Rice & Black Beans
  • Pickles
  • Pineapple
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Sweet Corn on the Cob
  • Tortillas, Corn
  • Tortillas, Flour

Sauces & Dressings

  • Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • House BBQ Sauce
  • Original BBQ Sauce
  • Salsa

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, food sourcing, and restaurant protocols are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure 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.

Each location of a chain restaurant has different management and staff, and some might have different owners. This means differences in processes, ingredients used, menu options, and food sourcing can occur. Always verify the safety of your order for your needs at your current location.

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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.

Website: www.chilis.com

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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.

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