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Chili's promotes 'wild or mild' menu options

Chili’s Grill & Bar said it has introduced a “Wild or Mild” menu of two appetizers and six entrées to provide options for customers seeking spicier foods and others who are avoiding them.

On the wild side is “Kicked-Up Queso” — the casual-dining chain’s skillet queso spiked with chipotle spice, pico de gallo and roasted jalapeños, served with warm tostada chips and salsa. The mild version is a melted cheese dip with seasoned ground beef, tostada chips and salsa. Both are $4.99.

The wild “Blazin’ Big Mouth Bites” features four peppercorn-crusted mini burgers with jalapeño mayonnaise, jalapeño peppers and American cheese. The mild-version mini burgers are topped with apple wood smoked bacon, American cheese, sautéed onions and ranch dressing. Both are served with crispy onion strings, fries and a side of ranch dressing for $7.99

Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers are chicken tenders tossed in honey-chipotle sauce and are part of the “wild” offerings. On the mild side, the sauce is maple barbecue. Both come with corn on the cob, fries and ranch dressing and sell for $9.39.

The Jalapeño Chicken Quesadillas are stuffed with onions, peppers, jalapeño seasoning and jalapeño jack cheese and served with sour cream, pico de gallo and ancho ranch dressing. The mild equivalent are the Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas, with apple wood smoked bacon and cheese, served with sour cream, house-made pico de gallo and salsa-ranch dressing. They are $9.29.

The menu is available for a limited time, but the company did not provide an end date.

Chili’s, the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International Inc., has more than 1,500 locations worldwide.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected].

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