Chili’s slashes menu by 40 percent to focus on burgers, ribs

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FOR CHILI'S - Chili's latest menu item, Dan Marks' creation at one of the restaurant's Washington area locations on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in Springfield, Va. Marks beat out three other home chefs during the premiere episode of TNT's new cooking competition series, "On The Menu." Chili's chefs flipped the burger from the TV to the table overnight; the "Winning TNT Craft Burger" became an instant hit, appearing on more that 1,200 Chili's menus across the country on Oct. 4, 2014 the day after the episode aired. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Chili's)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If there is a certain dish you really enjoy at Chili’s Grill and Bar, it could potentially be cut as the restaurant chain says it is slimming down its menu by 40 percent.

In a release, Chili’s says over the years the restaurant has “chased consumer trends” and expanded its menu to appeal to everyone, which resulted in a “fuzzy food reputation.” That is why the restaurant is paring down its menu from 125 items to 75.

“By eliminating 40 percent of our menu, we’ve reinvested in meatier burgers, ribs and fajitas – the items that we’ve always been known for,” said Kelli Valade, president of Chili’s. “We apologize to any Guest who misses a departed dish, but with this bold move we commit to all Guests to do a better job of serving our famous food on every visit, in every restaurant.”

The first Chili’s opened on Greenville Avenue in Dallas in 1975 and was known as a burger shack with 25 items on the menu.

Customers can expect to see the new menu starting Sept. 18. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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