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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