We decided to take a look at the many menu items served at Chili’s over the years and pick which of these Chili’s menu items are the top ten ever. It’s a business, yes, but here at Guilty Eats we take pride in taking on those tasks that involve tough decisions. And when it comes to choosing a delicious Guilty Eat from another, we consider it a very difficult decision.
Chili’s restaurant opened in 1975. Founder Larry Lavine started with one location; its concept of a casual restaurant serving simple American cuisine gained ground over the years, and in the 80s the restaurant flourished and many other places sprang up.
Of course, the menu has expanded slightly, offering breakfast options, as well as a wide array of Tex-Mex menu items that suit North American customers as well as across the globe.
Chili’s serves the world, with a huge 1606 pitches (at the 2017 census).
So how about getting there and looking at the 10 best Chili menu items ever to grace their menu since the mid-70s?
10. Classic sirloin
For meat lovers, perhaps nothing beats a classic cut like this. Not too big and served with vegetables, mash and a toast; what else to ask, really? The word simple comes to mind, but it’s so satisfying and worth it. You don’t get steakhouse quality, but it’s good.
9. Caribbean salad with pan-fried shrimp
And when you’re looking for something light, refreshing, and flavorful with a bit of protein, there’s no salad on the menu that beats this small number. The fresh fruit here really takes this salad over in a good way, only adding to that freshness factor, and the shrimp is an added bonus, really.
8. Southwestern Egg Rolls
Who said Chinese take out is the only place to get a decent egg roll? Certainly not me. Especially with so many great frozen egg rolls at your local grocery store. But these don’t even come close to those served at Chili’s. And really, they’re best described as East meets West… the flavors of Asian cuisine meet the tangy and tangy flavors of Tex-Mex.
7. Cajun shrimp pasta
And again with the prawns. They fish well at Chili’s. They also have a salmon dish which is decent, although he didn’t make this list, sorry to say. But when it comes to pasta, simplicity and taste often trump everything; especially for me, and a well-made pasta dish is often my favorite.
6. Cajun Chicken Pasta
This is why this menu item also made the list. The Cajun factor of both of these dishes adds volumes of flavor to the pasta itself, and it’s not your typical tomato pasta. There is a range of textures and spices to both of these dishes and if it’s a tasty pasta dish you crave after a long, tiring day – maybe even that glass of red wine to chill out – then these are the two pasta dishes for you.
5. Texas Dry Rub Ribs
Ribs aren’t always welcome. In fact, during my cooking days I was working in a banquet hall and had to make the ribs that we often served for an international buffet that we served, and for lack of a key ingredient (tomato paste), j decided to do a dry rub for the ribs. In short, they were a success. And these are successful for the same reason. Sometimes simplicity reigns supreme.
4. Swiss mushroom burger
The classic cheeseburger is an epic menu item anywhere you go, and Chili’s makes lots of great burgers. But when you’re sick of the same old, there’s nothing like Swiss cheese to mix it up. And the sautéed mushrooms! OMG!
3. Melted chocolate cake
OK! You must definitely have something sweet, and Chili’s menu is full of great options, but for me nothing beats this one here. The words “melted chocolate” only scream tantalizing greatness, and it ticks all the boxes.
2. Spicy shrimp tacos
Yes… a third shrimp item on the list. But like I said, Chili’s treats their shrimp well. They give them that firm but not chewy texture that a lot of shrimp can get in maybe a small restaurant, and in a taco they’re much better somehow, hence the placement of this item. on this list (number 2 is not that shabby). And the fact that the protein in this taco is shrimp is refreshing and different from other tacos offered elsewhere. Variety is a good thing sometimes, right?
1. California Turkey Club
Sometimes nothing beats a club sandwich. And this one here certainly does the trick. It’s turkey, so it differs from the chicken variety, which can get a bit boring. But the good thing here is that this third piece of bread is missing, which would no doubt make the late Anthony Bourdain very happy, because he hated that third piece of bread in a club sandwich.
“Do you know who invented the middle slice?” Enemies of freedom. Their mission? Undermine our will to live by ruining our sandwich experiences through a “tectonic slide”.
-via Anthony Bourdain / appetites
Did we miss any of your favorite dishes at Chili’s? What are your favorite articles?