Most Drool-Worthy Menu Items at Chili’s Restaurant
Food chains often get a bad rap. Yes, their food is rarely fresh. And, yes, it's annoying to see every place look the same. But sometimes, we just can't resist going after the tried and true. Especially at somewhere like Chili's, where the food is actually really delicious.
They say you should trust a restaurant when someone who worked there returns to it. Well, I used to be a waitress at Chili's, and I still eat there whenever I get the chance. Would I go to a Chili's abroad? No. But within the U.S., I'll continue enjoying their wonderful Tex-Mex and Southwestern dishes, and no one can have my molten chocolate cake.
Take it from someone who's a loyal customer and who's seen the restaurant behind the scenes. These are the absolute best menu items to get at Chili's.
10. House BBQ Ribs
Let's start with a true house classic: Chili's BBQ ribs. This item is responsible for getting the restaurant's "Baby Back" jingle stuck in your head forever. But you can't stay mad at it because the ribs are really good.
Glazed with house BBQ sauce, they're accompanied by French fries and corn on the cob topped with cheese, cilantro, butter and salt. If you're in Kansas City or Texas, skip Chili's and head to a specialty BBQ joint.
Otherwise, go ahead and enjoy the ribs guilt-free.
9. Sirloin with Grilled Avocado
One of Chili's "healthy" menu items, the sirloin with grilled avocado packs flavor with protein and healthy fats.
Roasted asparagus and tomatoes replace the French fries and other deep-fried, heavier side dishes. And you can choose between a six-ounce or a 10-ounce sirloin, so you will definitely not leave hungry.
People who are steakhouse aficionados often scoff at this item, but it's a good, filling option for when you want to be able to leave the restaurant without unbuttoning your pants.
8. Spicy Shrimp Tacos
No Tex-Mex restaurant can skip on serving tacos. But many simply don't do the American remix well. For a chain, Chili's has its spicy shrimp recipe down to a T.
The tacos are filled with shrimp doused in chile-lime sauce. Pico de gallo, avocado, coleslaw queso fresco and cilantro are also used. As sides, you get yellow Mexican rice and black beans.
Complement it with a margarita or another tequila-based drink, and you're set.
7. Texas Cheese Fries
Texas cheese fries are a staple of the Southwest. French fries are topped with cheese, jalapeños, bacon and green onion, then baked until the cheese is melted. The fries become little edible spoons with which you pick up the gooey cheese and toppings.
This is by far one of Chili's best appetizers. And the best part is that you can choose between a full or a half skillet, depending on how big your group and appetite are.
6. Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles
Chicken and waffles sound like they shouldn't go together. But anyone who's had this Southern dish knows that sometimes intuition lies.
At Chili's, chicken and waffles come as small, bite-sized portions topped with jalapeños and bacon. Fries and honey-chipotle serve to bring this salty-and-sweet food almost to perfection.
5. Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chili's only has three deserts on its menu, and the chocolate chip cookie skillet is often overlooked for a much more popular item we'll discuss later.
The giant cookie is served hot and soft on a skillet with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. It hits all the right spots and works for those who don't like to be overwhelmed with chocolate.
Just a word of caution. Curb your enthusiasm a bit and don't jump right on the cookie. The skillet is hot, and it most definitely burns.
4. Bone-In Wings
A personal favorite, the Buffalo wings with bones never fail to satisfy. They're topped with your sauce of choice (usually BBQ) and come with celery and blue cheese sauce. For an even better experience, order the house ranch to dip the wings in.
The wings are great for a small (by Chili's standards) lunch, as an appetizer or as one of the three items in the amazing triple dipper, an appetizer combo that lets you choose three items.
3. Just Bacon Burger
An all-American restaurant should always be able to do great burgers. And Chili's certainly doesn't disappoint. It's hard to choose the best, with Alex's Santa Fe and the Oldtimer coming in close to the just bacon burger. In the end, however, we admire a burger that doesn't need to do too much to impress.
The just bacon is a classic burger with cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, red onion and tomato. Oh, and, of course, a generous portion of bacon.
Vegetarians will be happy to know that the restaurant's meatless option, the mushroom Swiss burger, is also delicious.
2. Fajitas Trio
While the competition is tough, we think the best meal option at Chili's Restaurant is without a doubt the fajitas trio.
Served in a skillet while they're literally still sizzling, you get steak, chicken and shrimp, with onions and red peppers served with warm tortillas. Make your fajitas by adding whatever combination of meats and veggies your heart calls for.
Guacamole, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and sauce are also provided so you can personalize the fajitas to your taste.
1. Molten Chocolate Cake
Sorry, real food items. You simply can't compete with the addictive sugar rush of Chili's best menu item: the one and only molten chocolate cake.
The cake is hollow in the center to allow for a hot chocolate sauce. Then, it's topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a hard chocolate shell. A drizzle of caramel sauce completes the overindulgent desert.
Over the years, Chili's has offered different versions of the cake, but the chocolate one has prevailed. This is, without a doubt, the restaurant's signature item. And it's so good that we would go to Chili's even if it were the only thing on the menu.
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