Eat for 21,000$/year? Cost Efficiency Of Chili’s Menu – Calories and Protein Per Dollar


7-4-17 Blog Update: Went rustic camping this weekend but still wanted to get a weekly article out. I found the sheer cost of some orders shocking, if you like eating out, this article might be traumatizing. This didnt include tipping either…

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Chili’s! “Casual atmosphere, decent prices, and wide menu variety”

Its a splurge when you’re sick of cooking at home and need a break.

For my family, it was an absolute MUST to order the skillet queso with chips. As it turns out, my parents may have been onto something…

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Takeaways

  • Appetizers  – provide the best bang for your buck with the highest calories AND protein per dollar of the entire menu.
  • A Half Order of Texas Cheese Fries – is the best dish on the menu in terms of calories per dollar with 268 calories per dollar, and ties for the most protein per dollar with 11 grams per dollar.
  • A Full Order of Texas Cheese Fries – is not a good choice compared to the Half Order. The Full Order appetizer reduces the proteins per dollar from 11 grams to only 9 grams and the calories per dollar from 268 to only 212 calories.
  • The Skillet Queso and Chips – is the absolute best deal for someone seeking to max calories on a budget. The appetizer provides 249 calories per dollar but this does not factor in that you can ask for refills on chips and salsa even after the queso is gone. At $6.39 you can consume virtually limitless calories (if Chili’s doesn’t cut you off at your fifth chip refill).
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Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Texas Cheese Fries – Half Order $4.89 268 11 $2,725 1310 55
Skillet Queso and Chips $6.39 249 7 $2,934 1590 45
Bottomless Chips and Salsa $3.79 240 3 $3,040 910 13
Mini Chocolate Molten Cake $2.49 237 2 $3,081 590 6
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie $6.49 219 2 $3,336 1420 14
Loaded White Queso Dip $7.49 218 7 $3,354 1630 51
Fresh Guacamole $5.59 213 3 $3,429 1190 17
Texas Cheese Fries – Full Order $8.49 212 9 $3,443 1800 79
White Spinach Queso Dip $7.19 210 6 $3,476 1510 40
Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles $11.69 210 5 $3,483 2450 61
Beef Bacon Ranch Quesadillas $10.59 175 8 $4,179 1850 82
Crispy Buffalo Bleu Crispers $11.19 173 5 $4,211 1940 60
California Grilled Chicken Flatbread $10.19 170 8 $4,300 1730 78
Crispy Fiery Pepper Crispers $10.69 168 5 $4,335 1800 58
Big Mouth Bites $9.89 166 7 $4,402 1640 69
Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers $10.69 166 5 $4,409 1770 56
Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas $10.59 164 7 $4,443 1740 76
Classic Nachos with Fajita Beef $9.99 164 11 $4,447 1640 112
Smoked Chicken Quesadillas $10.59 163 6 $4,469 1730 64
Margherita Flatbread $8.59 163 6 $4,479 1400 52
Molten Chocolate Cake $7.19 160 2 $4,564 1150 11
Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles $6.29 156 4 $4,685 980 28
Classic Turkey Club Toasted Sandwich $9.59 154 6 $4,730 1480 53
Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich $10.39 153 8 $4,770 1590 88
Crispy Cheddar Bites $6.49 153 6 $4,786 990 42
Chipotle Chicken Flatbread $9.79 152 7 $4,796 1490 73
Classic Turkey Toasted Sandwich $8.49 152 5 $4,804 1290 45
Crispy Chicken Crispers with honey mustard $10.69 149 5 $4,908 1590 56
Classic Nachos with Fajita Chicken $9.99 147 10 $4,961 1470 102
Loaded Boneless Wings – Spicy $9.99 145 7 $5,029 1450 74
OREO Topped Molten Cake $7.49 144 1 $5,063 1080 11
Loaded Boneless Wings $9.99 144 7 $5,064 1440 73
Classic Nachos $8.69 144 7 $5,075 1250 60
Triple Berry Crumble Cake $7.39 142 1 $5,138 1050 11
Crispy Chicken Crispers with ranch $10.69 139 5 $5,237 1490 56
Crispy Chicken Crispers with BBQ Sauce $10.69 137 5 $5,345 1460 56
Smothered Smoked Chicken Burrito $8.99 135 8 $5,424 1210 71
Quesadilla Explosion Salad $10.99 134 6 $5,458 1470 64
Oldtimer Burger $7.99 133 6 $5,503 1060 49
Southern Smokehouse Burger $11.59 131 5 $5,566 1520 60
Grass-Fed Sunrise Burger $11.59 130 6 $5,603 1510 69
Buffalo Fried Cauliflower $6.19 129 2 $5,648 800 14
Buffalo Chicken Ranch Sandwich $9.69 129 5 $5,659 1250 46
Crispy Asparagus $6.59 127 1 $5,727 840 9
Classic Bacon Burger $9.99 127 5 $5,742 1270 53
Oldtimer Burger with Cheese $8.99 127 5 $5,757 1140 49
Fried Pickles $5.39 124 1 $5,873 670 8
Guacamole Burger $9.99 124 5 $5,881 1240 50
Original Chicken Crispers $10.69 123 6 $5,912 1320 61
Ultimate Bacon Burger $11.59 122 5 $6,000 1410 57
Signature Boneless Wings – Fiery Pepper $9.89 117 5 $6,224 1160 50
Loaded Baked Potato – Bowl $4.49 116 4 $6,303 520 19
Signature Boneless Wings – Honey Chipotle $9.89 115 5 $6,333 1140 48
Grilled Chicken Sandwich $9.69 112 5 $6,490 1090 52
Cheesecake $6.49 112 2 $6,490 730 11
Signature Boneless Wings- Buffalo $9.89 110 5 $6,624 1090 49
Grilled Smoked Chicken Burrito $8.99 110 7 $6,629 990 63
Ranchero Chicken Tacos $9.99 108 7 $6,753 1080 67
Smothered Prime Rib Burrito $11.59 104 6 $6,992 1210 64
Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad $10.19 100 5 $7,293 1020 50
Margherita Flatbread Salad with Chicken $10.91 100 6 $7,307 1090 61
Chicken Enchilada Soup – Bowl $4.49 98 5 $7,449 440 22
Signature Wings – Fiery Pepper $9.99 96 6 $7,597 960 64
Cajun Chicken Pasta $12.59 95 5 $7,659 1200 68
Margarita Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl $9.99 95 6 $7,677 950 61
Signature Wings – Honey Chipotle $9.99 94 6 $7,758 940 62
Margherita Flatbread Salad with Shrimp $10.79 94 4 $7,799 1010 44
Spicy Shrimp Tacos $11.59 93 4 $7,834 1080 41
Southwestern Eggrolls $8.69 92 3 $7,930 800 28
Chipotle Chicken Bowl $9.99 90 6 $8,103 900 63
Prime Rib Tacos $11.59 88 5 $8,295 1020 54
Santa Fe Crisper Salad $10.69 88 3 $8,302 940 33
Terlingua Chili – Bowl $5.29 87 5 $8,395 460 28
Signature Wings – Buffalo $9.99 85 6 $8,580 850 62
Texas Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs – 1/2 Rack $11.39 84 4 $8,661 960 44
Cajun Shrimp Pasta $13.39 84 4 $8,727 1120 50
Clam Chowder – Bowl $4.49 82 3 $8,859 370 12
Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Cup $3.19 82 3 $8,957 260 10
Texas Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs $18.79 80 5 $9,084 1510 85
House BBQ Baby Bacon Ribs – 1/2 Rack $11.39 76 4 $9,557 870 43
Original BBQ Baby Back Ribs – 1/2 Rack $11.39 76 4 $9,668 860 43
Honey-Chipotle Baby Back Ribs – 1/2 Rack $11.39 76 4 $9,668 860 42
Prime Rib Fresh Mex Bowl $11.59 74 4 $9,838 860 41
House BBQ Baby Back Ribs $18.79 74 5 $9,868 1390 85
Honey-Chipotle Ribs $18.79 73 4 $9,940 1380 83
Original Ribs $18.79 73 4 $10,012 1370 84
Chicken Enchilada Soup – Cup $3.19 69 3 $10,585 220 11
Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken $11.19 63 3 $11,505 710 35
Terlingua Chili – Cup $3.69 62 4 $11,712 230 14
Clam Chowder – Cup $3.19 60 2 $12,256 190 6
Santa Fe Chicken Salad $10.69 59 3 $12,387 630 37
Classic Ribeye $18.19 58 4 $12,646 1050 81
Classic Sirloin – 6oz $11.99 57 4 $12,872 680 48
Smoked Wings $9.99 56 6 $13,023 560 55
6 oz. Honey-Chipotle Shrimp & Sirloin $14.49 55 4 $13,389 790 60
Caribbean Salad with Seared Shrimp $11.79 53 1 $13,882 620 17
Margarita Grilled Chicken $11.89 51 5 $14,229 610 56
Southwest Chicken Soup – Bowl $4.49 51 2 $14,251 230 9
Classic Sirloin – 10oz $16.99 48 4 $15,125 820 68
Mango-Chile Chicken $10.59 48 4 $15,158 510 38
10 oz. Honey-Chipotle Shrimp & Sirloin $19.49 48 4 $15,299 930 85
Grilled Chicken Salad $9.79 45 4 $16,243 440 38
Ancho Salmon $14.99 39 3 $18,547 590 48
House Salad without dressing $3.99 38 2 $19,418 150 7
Spicy Chile Chicken $11.69 36 3 $20,318 420 38
Southwest Chicken Soup – Cup $3.19 34 1 $21,170 110 4
6 oz. Classic Sirloin with Grilled Avocado $12.49 34 3 $21,709 420 39
6 oz. Classic Sirloin with Grilled Avocado $12.49 34 3 $21,709 420 39
Fresco Salad $3.99 33 1 $22,405 130 3

Chili’s Raw Excel Data Download

Chili’s Is a Break from Eating at Home, But It Is STILL Expensive

Previous articles have shown fast food menu items offering much higher calories per dollar than what Chili’s offers. The maximum 268 calories per dollar on Chili’s menu does not come close to competing with fast food. This also can’t compete with eating at home for $1,000/year.

So the next time you’re thinking about going to Chili’s and grabbing the 2 for 1 Presidente Margaritas, keep your budget in mind.

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Pizza Per Dollar- You Will Be Surprised To See Good Pizza Near The Top Of The List


Fun article for the 93% of people who ate pizza in the last month. We are the 7% 😛

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Pizza is a go-to when it comes to almost any social event.

Birthday parties, Superbowl parties, even weddings (yes, I have actually been to a wedding where they served pizza as their main dish)! The question is: What is your most Efficient Pizza?

Best Pizza Per Dollar

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Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Little Caesars Large Pepperoni $5.00 448 21 $1,629 2240 104
Little Caesars Large Cheese $5.00 400 19 $1,825 2000 96
Little Caesars Large Meat Lovers $8.00 340 15 $2,147 2720 120
Jets Pizza Large Cheese $12.49 248 11 $2,941 3100 140
Little Caesars Large Veggie $8.99 240 12 $3,038 2160 104
Jets Pizza Large Pepperoni $14.28 238 11 $3,066 3400 150
Jets Pizza Large Meat Lovers $17.00 224 11 $3,266 3800 180
Hungry Howies Large Cheese $9.00 222 11 $3,285 2000 100
Jets Pizza Small Cheese $8.49 198 15 $3,689 1680 130
Hungry Howies Large Pepperoni $10.79 195 9 $3,751 2100 100
Hungry Howies Large Meat Lovers $15.00 193 9 $3,776 2900 140
Dominos Large Cheese $12.00 193 10 $3,776 2320 120
Hungry Howies Small Cheese $5.00 192 9 $3,802 960 46
Dominos Large Meat Lovers $16.00 185 7 $3,946 2960 111
Jets Pizza Small Pepperoni $9.88 182 13 $4,007 1800 130
Dominos Large Pepperoni $13.50 178 7 $4,106 2400 96
Jets Pizza Large Veggie $17.00 176 7 $4,137 3000 120
Dominos Small Cheese $7.00 171 8 $4,258 1200 54
Papa John’s Large Pepperoni $15.74 163 5 $4,488 2560 80
Hungry Howies Small Pepperoni $6.29 162 8 $4,502 1020 48
Papa John’s Large Meat Lovers $18.99 160 6 $4,560 3040 120
Buddy’s Large Pepperoni $16.99 159 6 $4,600 2696 104
Buddy’s Large Cheese $15.49 158 5 $4,634 2440 80
Dominos Small Pepperoni $8.00 158 6 $4,635 1260 48
Dominos Large Veggie $16.00 155 8 $4,710 2480 128
Papa John’s Large Cheese $13.99 154 6 $4,728 2160 80
Hungry Howies Large Veggie $16.00 144 13 $5,078 2300 210
Buddy’s Large Meat Lovers $21.49 135 6 $5,402 2904 120
Buddy’s Small Cheese $9.49 129 4 $5,678 1220 40
Buddy’s Small Pepperoni $10.49 129 6 $5,681 1348 64
Papa John’s Small Pepperoni $9.99 126 6 $5,788 1260 60
Papa John’s Small Cheese $8.99 120 3 $6,077 1080 30
Papa John’s Large Veggie $18.99 118 4 $6,189 2240 80
Buddy’s Large Veggie $21.49 113 4 $6,472 2424 88

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As we’ve known from our original Calorie Per Dollar List The Little Caesar’s 5 Dollar Pizza is your highest Calorie Per Dollar and Protein Per Dollar on the list. It should be noted, this food is 2 times more cost effective than any other pizza place. That’s impressive. However, this still costs about 2x more than we spend on food.

Tastiest Takeaways

I personally cannot handle Little Caesar’s anymore, I had it on Tuesday Nights too many times during my childhood. Apparently my sister having dance class was an excuse to buy those calories 😛

I was shocked to see Jet’s Large Cheese so high on the list, while we don’t eat much pizza, Jets actually tastes okay (IMO) and scored really well.

Honorable mention to Hungry Howies which averages around third place.

The difference in prices get drastic quickly too. Papa Johns and Domino’s costs almost 50% more. At that point I would go to a local favorite, Buddy’s Pizza for nearly the same price point.

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“Eat Mas!” Taco Bell Menu – Calories and Protein Per Dollar


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Takeaways

  • Beefy 5 Layer Burrito – Is no longer the highest Calorie Per Dollar item at Taco Bell
  • The highest protein per dollar item is the Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla
  • the highest calorie per dollar item is the Beefy Fritos Burrito at 440 calories per dollar.
  • Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla– High protein per dollar but low in calories.
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Menu Item Before Tax Price Calories Per Dollar Protein Per Dollar Cost If Eaten All Year Calories Protein
Beefy Fritos Burrito $1.00 430 13.0 1698 430 13
Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito $1.00 420 11.0 1738 420 11
Grilled Breakfast Burrito $1.00 340 11.0 2147 340 11
Grilled Breakfast Burrito Fiesta Potato $1.00 340 10.0 2147 340 10
Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla $1.00 330 14.0 2212 330 14
Triple Layer Nachos $1.00 320 7.0 2281 320 7
Bean Burrito $1.19 311 11.8 2348 370 14
Beefy 5 Layer Burrito $1.69 296 11.2 2467 500 19
Caramel Apple Empanada $1.00 280 3.0 2607 280 3
Cheesy Burrito $1.79 274 12.8 2667 490 23
Breakfast Crunchwrap $2.49 269 8.4 2713 670 21
Loaded Potato Griller $1.59 258 7.5 2831 410 12
Quesarito $2.49 257 8.4 2840 640 21
Breakfast Soft Taco $1.00 240 11.0 3042 240 11
Beefy Nacho Griller $1.59 233 7.5 3137 370 12
Breakfast Quesadilla $1.99 231 9.5 3158 460 19
Spicy Potato Soft Taco $1.00 230 5.0 3174 230 5
Nachos Bellgrande $3.29 228 5.8 3202 750 19
Breakfast Crunchwrap California $2.79 226 7.5 3233 630 21
Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller $1.59 214 8.8 3414 340 14
Shredded Chicken Burrito $1.89 212 8.5 3449 400 16
Beef Mini Quesadilla $1.00 210 9.0 3476 210 9
Spicy Tostada $1.00 210 6.0 3476 210 6
XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito-Beef $4.19 205 7.6 3557 860 32
Grande Scambler $3.29 191 7.3 3812 630 24
Cinnabon Delights 12 pack $4.89 190 1.8 3838 930 9
Cheese Quesadilla $2.49 185 7.6 3952 460 19
Combo Burrito $2.49 181 8.4 4039 450 21
Cheesy Roll Up $1.00 180 9.0 4056 180 9
Mini Skillet Bowl $1.00 180 5.0 4056 180 5
Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla $1.00 180 12.0 4056 180 12
Cheesy Potato Burrito $2.69 178 6.7 4091 480 18
Nacho Supreme $2.49 177 5.2 4131 440 13
Black Bean Burrito $2.19 174 6.4 4207 380 14
Cinnabon Delights 4 pack $1.79 173 1.7 4215 310 3
Cheesy Gordita Crunch $2.89 173 6.9 4219 500 20
Cheesy Gordita Crunch $2.89 173 6.9 4219 500 20
Doubledilla- Steak w/ chips and salsa $4.99 170 8.0 4286 850 40
Cinnamon Twists $1.00 170 1.0 4294 170 1
Double Decker Taco $1.89 169 7.4 4312 320 14
Doubledilla- Chicken w/ chips and salsa $4.99 168 8.2 4337 840 41
Chips & Salsa $1.49 168 2.0 4351 250 3
Crunchwrap Supreme $3.19 166 5.0 4394 530 16
Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes $1.39 165 2.2 4412 230 3
Smothered Burrito-Beef $4.19 165 6.7 4433 690 28
Mexican Pizza $3.39 162 6.2 4499 550 21
Hash Brown $1.00 160 1.0 4563 160 1
Cinnabon Delights 2 Pack $1.00 160 2.0 4563 160 2
Quesadilla-Chicken $3.19 160 8.5 4566 510 27
Double Decker Taco Supreme $2.19 155 6.4 4702 340 14
Chips & Guacamole $1.49 154 2.0 4729 230 3
7-Layer Burrito $2.79 154 5.0 4737 430 14
Soft Taco $1.19 151 7.6 4826 180 9
Chips & Cheese $1.49 148 2.0 4944 220 3
Pintos N Cheese $1.29 147 7.8 4956 190 10
Naked Chicken Chalupa $2.99 147 6.7 4961 440 20
Fiesta Taco Salad-Beef $5.19 146 5.2 4985 760 27
Crunchy Taco $1.19 143 6.7 5110 170 8
Burrito Supreme $2.99 134 5.7 5457 400 17
Soft Taco Supreme $1.59 132 6.3 5527 210 10
Chalupa Supreme $2.79 129 4.7 5658 360 13
Gordita Supreme $2.19 128 5.9 5710 280 13
Power Menu Burrito-Steak $3.79 121 6.6 6015 460 25
Black beans and rice $1.49 121 4.0 6043 180 6
Crunchy Taco Surpreme $1.59 119 5.0 6109 190 8
Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos $1.49 114 5.4 6398 170 8
Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos $1.49 114 5.4 6398 170 8
Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos $1.49 114 5.4 6398 170 8
Chips & Pico De Gallo $1.49 114 1.3 6398 170 2
Power Menu Burrito- Veggie $3.79 113 3.7 6434 430 14
Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Surpreme $1.89 101 4.8 7262 190 9
Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme $1.89 101 4.8 7262 190 9
Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme $1.89 101 4.2 7262 190 8
Meximelt $2.49 100 5.6 7271 250 14
Power Menu Bowl $4.99 96 5.6 7589 480 28
Power Menu Bowl- Veggie $4.99 92 3.2 7919 460 16
Chicken Soft Taco $1.79 89 6.7 8167 160 12
Grilled Steak Soft Taco $2.49 80 4.8 9089 200 12
Airheads Blue Rasberry freeze $2.19 78 0.0 9404 170 0
Premium Latin Rice $1.49 67 1.3 10877 100 2
Black Beans $1.49 54 2.7 13596 80 4

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Taco Bell Is Expensive

Despite having a 400 Calorie Per Dollar item, thats still almost 2x more than we spend on homecooked food. Most menu items were around 150-250 calories per dollar, 4x more expensive than eating at home.

A year eating at home eating Efficiently costs around $1,000/person- Eating at Taco Bell, $4,000 a year.

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