Copycat El Pollo Loco Beans

I’ve said it many times.  I love Mexican food!  I had food from El Pollo Loco for the first time the other day.  After that I just had to hunt down this recipe.  El Pollo Loco, pronounced “L-Po-yo Lo-co” is Spanish for “The Crazy Chicken.”This restaurant started out in 1975 as a roadside chicken stand in Mexico. It’s success spread rapidly throughout Mexico and into the US. Billed as “a wholesome, delicious alternative to traditional fast food faire.”

1/4 cup corn oil
5 whole serrano chilis
2 tsp ground serrano chilis
1 can pinto beans, (28 ounces) drain
3/4 cup water

1. Heat oil in large saucepan.
2.Add whole chilis. Cook until tender.
3.Add ground chilis, beans and water. Stir well.
4. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer 17 minutes, stirring often.
Serves 4

8 thoughts on “Copycat El Pollo Loco Beans

  1. Jan says:

    Would You PLEASE do their Chicken Marinade and Grilled Chicken Recipe. I can not get it in Peru and miss it soo very much from California as Well as all the recipes from Baja Fresh in California??? Especially their Grilled Beef Burrito, etc..

  2. Joan says:

    I really am not that fond of their refried beans but REALLY LOVE their black beans. Is there a recipe for those out there somewhere?

  3. Brandy A says:

    This is the only copy of the recipe that says 5 serranos instead of just 1. What is the source of the recipe? Serranos are very hot and I wouldn’t want to make that kind of a mistake.

    FYI, I found ground serrano at Central Market, an upscale gourmet grocery chain in Texas.

  4. beth says:

    this is also the only copycat recipe that calls for a quarter cup of oil rather than a tablespoon. that will certainly change the nutritional value of an otherwise fairly healthy choice!

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