Have you ever wondered if you could really eat gluten-free at Chili’s? Like, do you know for sure what you’re ordering is actually gluten-free? Hard to know for sure, right?
Last week I went to Chili’s with my kids for lunch. Chili’s is such a family-friendly restaurant and I know my kids will be happy when we go there (and mama loves when everyone is happy)!
Chili’s has a great gluten-free menu. Many of its classic dishes, such as the baby back ribs, craft burgers, fajitas and the Tex-Mex bowls, are gluten-free. The gluten-free menu changes from time to time, so it’s important to check for GF options on each visit.
I’m not that exciting because I pretty much order the same dish – the sizzling chicken fajitas – every time.
But this time, I brought my Nima Sensor to check my meal. I wanted to know, for sure, if I could truly eat gluten-free at Chili’s.
The Nima Sensor is a nifty device that allows you to test a pea-sized sample of your food for gluten. Nima will report back to you if there is gluten in the food. If it detects no gluten, Nima will display a smiley face. If contains gluten, the display will show a wheat symbol and say “gluten found.”
When I ordered the chicken fajitas, I alerted to my waiter that I needed a gluten-free meal and that I had celiac disease. I requested allergy prep. He understood. I also requested the corn tortillas vs. wheat tortillas. He told me he planned to make that swap for me already, which was comforting.
Before he left, I showed him my Nima Sensor and told him…
… I’d be able to test the food for gluten. He nodded but I don’t think he understood what I was talking about.
Then our meal arrived.
The fajitas were sizzling! I love when the onions and green peppers are sizzling. The chef at this Chili’s did a good job (not all of them cook the veggies as deliciously). I took a huge whiff of the food… I was ready to eat those yummy fajitas.
But I had to wait. I wanted to Nima test it first.
I first put a pea-sized sample of the chicken, onions and peppers in my Nima Sensor. Just a tiny bit.
After three minutes of watching the Nima Sensor at work, it finally showed a smiley face. Yay!
Then I put in a small pea-sized sample of the corn tortillas. I was wondering if the corn tortillas might be cross contaminated when they’re pressed. Guess what? The corn tortillas tested fine – Nima was all smiles again!
So if you want to eat gluten-free at Chili’s, and you want to eat those sizzling fajitas, you can use my test as evidence that you’ll likely get a gluten-free meal. Sure, cross contamination happens and EVERY Chili’s is different, so be sure to alert your waiter that you need a gluten-free meal and allergy prep and take all the necessary precautions.
For me, I have new confidence when it comes to ordering up those delicious fajitas… thank you Chili’s!
PS: Want a Nima Sensor of your own? Use my coupon code “GoodForYou” to get $15 off a Starter Kit when you shop on the Nima Sensor website. Nima gives me credit every time someone purchases the Nima Sensor with my code – see my disclosures here.
PPS: I Nima tested Chick-fil-a’s grilled nuggets and waffle fries for gluten. Get the results here.