El Pollo Loco is a chicken restaurant chain with almost 500 locations around the United States. Its menu consists mostly of Mexican-style chicken and tasty sides to go with it. With that in mind, you’re probably thinking that you can’t order vegan food at El Pollo Loco… but you’d be wrong!
In fact, it’s not too difficult at all to find vegan options on the menu. We analyzed the menu and found that there are 13 vegan items at El Pollo Loco, as well as a handful of extra items that you can make vegan by omitting meat and dairy products. We recommend starting with a classic, Chips and Guacamole. Next up, order the Vegan Chickenless Pollo Burrito (make sure to double check you’re not getting cheese or sour cream!). Alternatively, order the Original Pollo Bowl and omit the chicken—you could always ask to swap in avocado or extra salsa to bulk it out a little.
When you’re looking for vegan food at El Pollo Loco, make sure to watch out for things like the Sour Cream, the Creamy Cilantro Dressing, and the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (this contains butter, milk, and beef stock). The Churros are also made with butter, so you’ll have to skip dessert on this occasion!