Vegan Guide to Chili’s Grill & Bar: Best Menu Options, Swaps, and More

Pull together a satisfying vegan meal at Chili's.

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Treehugger / Photo Illustration by Catherine Song / Chili's

Chili’s Grill & Bar has over 1,600 locations worldwide, each one serving up flavors of the American Southwest. While this popular chain has an expansive menu, vegans will need an extra helping of patience when going through their options.

Still, if you find yourself at Chili's, pulling together a delicious vegan meal is not out of reach. From salads to sides, plus lots of plant-based condiments and toppings, you'll have your plate full in no time. Here, we provide every vegan item you can order at Chili's.

Top Pick: Black Bean & Veggie Fajitas

The black bean patty is not plant-based in this dish. However, even without the patty, queso fresco, and Santa Fe sauce drizzle, you get a heaping plate of roasted asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, corn, black bean salsa, and avocado. 

You can replace the patty with a side of actual black beans or Mexican rice and beans, both of which are vegan. (Chili’s version of Mexican rice is packed with flavor as it is seasoned with tomato sauce, onions, and cayenne pepper.)

Treehugger Tip

Make your own plant-based burrito bowl. Start by ordering a garden salad, making sure all ingredients are vegan. Add Mexican beans and rice as a second layer. Once you combine the two, add in steamed broccoli, grilled asparagus, guacamole or avocado slices, and salsa. Balance everything out with an order of tortilla chips for crunch or sweet corn on the cob without the dairy add-ons.

Vegan Starters

We're thrilled that there's no shortage of vegan apps at Chili's. Be sure to ask your server if any of these starters are sharing a fryer with animal-based menu items.

  • Bottomless Tostada Chips & Salsa   
  • Fresh Guacamole & Tostada Chips  
  • Basket of French Fries
  • Fried Pickles (Order without ranch dressing.)  

Vegan Entrées

These Chili’s classics happen to be vegan, and they're served in plentiful quantities.

  • Veggie Fajitas (Exclude the black bean patty, which is not vegan.)
  • Caribbean Salad (Order with no meat or dairy, and the Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.)
  • Santa Fe Salad (Order with no meat or dairy, and the Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing or House-Made BBQ Sauce.)

Vegan Sides

Mix and match Chili’s small plates for a nice balance of starches and fresh vegetables.

  • Mexican Rice & Beans  
  • Black Beans  
  • Flour Tortillas  
  • All-Natural Corn Tortillas  
  • Side of Guacamole  
  • Steamed Broccoli  
  • Grilled Asparagus  
  • Roasted Sweet Corn (Make sure to ask for no butter or cheese.)
  • Side Salad (Order without croutons or cheese, and add Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette.) 
  • Fresh Fruit (from the kids’ menu)
  • House Salad (Ask for no croutons or cheese, and request the Citrus-Balsamic Vinaigrette.)

Treehugger Tip

Craving plant-based barbeque? Chili's Original and House-Made BBQ sauces are vegan, so you can pull together a meal of black beans, fries, dairy-free corn-on-the-cob, grilled vegetable sides, tortillas, and fried pickles.

Vegan Condiments

Want an extra kick of spice, citrus, or flavor? Take your pick of the vegan condiments here.

  • BBQ Sauce  
  • House-Made BBQ Sauce  
  • Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing  
  • Salsa  
  • Ketchup
  • Garlic Dill Pickles
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Avocado Slices
  • Lime Slices

Vegan Drinks

Refresh you palate with these juices and fountain soda favorites.

  • Coca-Cola
  • Coke Zero
  • Diet Coke
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Lemonade
  • Sprite
  • Coffee
  • Apple Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Juice
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are the fried pickles at Chili's vegan?

    You're in luck—Chilis' fried pickles are plant-based. Double check with your server at your location if you are concerned about cross-contamination.

  • Is Chili's black bean burger vegan?

    No, unfortunately. Chili's black bean burger contains milk, which makes it not vegan.