This guide to ordering vegan at Chili’s will help you navigate the menu to find the best vegetarian, dairy-free, plant-based options. Are the fries at Chili’s vegan? Yes! Does Chili’s have a vegan burger? Nope. Read on for more!
When you’re mad about margaritas and Mexican-inspired fare, you’re bound to find yourself meeting friends at Chili’s restaurant. It’s hard to resist their upbeat and unique burger and taco temptations. But, really, what can you eat that’s vegan at chili’s?
At first glance, you’ll easily be able to dismiss the desserts, bow out of the animal-based burgers, say no-way to the steaks, and quit the quesadillas. Now what? After all of the obvious, unhealthy choices are given the heave-ho, is there anything plant-based on the menu to munch?
Does Chili’s offer a vegan-friendly burger? How about the fries? Are they doused with dairy, too? Is this another situation where sides are superior? Keep reading, friends, and let us share the down-and-dirty details with you.
It was really disappointing to discover that there are no vegan-friendly entree options at this Mexican-inspired fast food grill. No veggie burger, no sandwiches, and no pasta dishes to boot. Even the fajitas have dairy in them! What the heck? But, all is not lost. If you’re looking to eat vegan or vegetarian at Chili’s for a meal, here’s what we suggest:
Note: Both of these are found on the kids’ menu, but should be available to anyone who orders them.
Note: They also offer vegan alcoholic beverages to-go at most locations. Check Barnivore.com to make sure the option you’re choosing is vegan-friendly.
NOTE: Keep in mind that all of the fried foods at Chili’s are cooked in the same fryer as animal-based foods. You may want to skip the fries and pickles if you don’t feel comfortable with this process.
Besides the salads (which you can make vegan by eliminating any meat, dressing, croutons, and cheese), there aren’t any ready-made dishes that can be transformed into vegan-friendly fare. Sadly, there aren’t even any soups that are vegetarian, never mind vegan. Ugh!
For now, we’ll have to be satisfied with creating our own plantiful plates of tortillas (or tostada chips) piled high with beans, rice, guacamole, salsa, veggies, and salad. Doesn’t sound too bad, but it could be much better.
This is a section we’ve started including in all our fast food guides because every month exciting vegan menu options are added at popular fast food restaurants. Sadly, Chili’s hasn’t done anything notable for their vegan customers—yet (as of 2022)!
We can only hope that Chili’s will start feeling the pressure to offer more plant-based options since there is much more competition coming to light from other dine-in restaurant chains. Adding a single plant-based burger, a veggie-full fajita option, or even a super simple sandwich would be welcomed. In the meantime, we can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
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We have a huge list of vegan fast food guides to help you find the best (and most satisfying) options at each restaurant location. You’ll find helpful hints and meal suggestions for when you’re craving some tasty take-out or a quick, on-the-go vegan meal.
This Chili’s vegan article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Chili’s Restaurant. At the time of this article, the foods mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus and add or take away items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan at Chili’s and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.
This guide to navigating the Chili’s vegan menu was written by Gina House and edited by Michelle Cehn. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which means shopping through them really helps to support World of Vegan!
Yes, the Chili’s fries are vegan!
No, unfortunately the Chili’s veggie burger contains both eggs and dairy. It is suitable for vegetarians, but not an option for vegans.
Unfortunately there are no vegan soup options at Chili’s. We hope that changes one day!
Yes! Chili’s guacamole is dairy-free and 100% vegan, a great option for plant-based eaters visiting the restaurant.
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