This Chili’s Quesadilla Went Straight to Our “What Not to Eat” List

“Flour tortillas stuffed with sliced marinated chicken, 3-cheese blend, southwestern spices, Applewood smoked bacon & ranch dressing.” Chili’s Bacon Ranch Quesadillas with chicken don’t sound like a big splurge.

It’s chicken, for heaven’s sake. And it’s served with “house-made pico de gallo, sour cream & ancho-chile ranch.” That all sounds pretty harmless.


As harmless as 1,690 calories (close to a day’s worth). As harmless as 42 grams of saturated fat and 3,640 milligrams of sodium (more than a two-day supply of each). And as harmless as a load of white flour. For those numbers, you might as well down two full racks of Chili’s Original BBQ Ribs.

The Bacon Ranch Quesadillas with beef (1,800 calories) and the Smoked Chicken Quesadillas (1,720 calories) are slightly worse.

Can you see a subtle message here? Say, “Step away from the quesadillas”?

Chili’s offers “Lighter Choices” like Mango-Chile Chicken or Tilapia, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Ancho Salmon, 6 oz. Sirloin with Grilled Avocado, and Grilled Chicken Salad.

Each is loaded with 1,000 to 2,500 milligrams of sodium, but at least they have less than 650 calories. And all but the salad and steak come with rice and either broccoli or black beans. (Ask to replace the rice with extra veggies.)

Memo to Chili’s: Make most of the menu lighter, and offer a few “Heavier Choices” for the undernourished.

“More LIFE happens here,” says Chili’s menu. Enjoy it while it lasts.

To let Chili’s know what you think about their unhealthy quesadillas, call them at (800) 983-4637 or visit their website,

Chili's Quesadilla

Other relevant links:

• Chili’s Baby Back Ribs are loaded with fat. See: Baby Backside

• Our guide to eating out without packing on the pounds. See: How to Control Calories at a Restaurant

• You may want to steer clear of Smashburger. See: Add This Burger to Your List of What Not to Eat

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