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South Beach Diet Phase 2 at Chili's

Updated on June 18, 2008

You know the drill by now. If you are on the South Beach Diet, you go through the first (very difficult) phase of eating only vegetables, lean meats, eggs, nuts and lean dairy products. But by Phase 2, you can add back whole grain products, fruit and red wine. At Italian restaurants such as Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill, which have whole-wheat pasta, it's an easy adjustment when dining out. But on a typical American menu such as Chili's, the Phase 2 options in addition to what's allowed on Phase 1 are a bit minimal.

Here is my link to what you can eat on SBD Phase 1 at Chili's, and here are the additions for Phase 2 options:


Mesquite Chicken Salad-Grilled mesquite chicken breast, apple wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, Pico de Gallo, corn relish, cilantro, tortilla strips and a bit of BBQ sauce, and served with ranch dressing. Ask for the tortilla strips and BBQ sauce to be omitted and have the dressing on the side.

Quesadilla Explosion-Fajita marinated chicken, corn relish, mixed cheese, cilantro, diced tomato and tortilla strips, and garnished with chipotle ranch dressing and cheese quesadilla wedges, and served with citrus balsamic dressing on top. You'll have to ask for the tortilla strips and quesadilla wedges to be left off, or give them to someone else at your table.


Mushroom Jack Fajitas-Marinated grilled chicken breast smothered with jack cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, and sautéed mushrooms. It's served with onions, bell peppers and homemade salsa. As always, remember that you can't have the white-flour tortillas on Phase 2, so you'll have to eat this dish with a fork.


All the same ones as on Phase 1 (basically water, unsweetened iced tea, coffee, or diet soft drinks), but you can add in any type of red wine, so long as you limit to one or two glasses.


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