My kids love burritos, tacos, and any variation of them—and they’re not alone. There is something about the combination of beans, rice, tortilla, grilled meat, and the many cool toppings—like lettuce, tomato, and salsa—that we can all appreciate
My kids love burritos, tacos, and any variation of them—and they’re not alone. There is something about the combination of beans, rice, tortilla, grilled meat, and the many cool toppings—like lettuce, tomato, and salsa—that we can all appreciate. So it’s no mystery that El Pollo Loco is often an easy choice when we need to pull together a meal with zero preparation time.
One of their several locations is usually on the way home; they serve our favorite to-go choices; and the chain has been a long-time participant in the Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell programs. It’s a no-brainer for families like ours, both for the flavors and the fact that dietitians have hand-picked several healthy menu choices that we can order with satisfaction and peace of mind.
El Pollo Loco, starting with its very humble beginnings
as a roadside stand in Mexico, has been perfecting its flame-grilled chicken for decades. With just the right blend of herbs, spices, and smoky fire, they get it right every time. Here are just some of the Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell
menu choices you and your family will find at El Pollo Loco restaurants:
Regular Chicken Tortilla Soup with Tortilla Strips (210 calories, 9 g fat)
This soup tastes as good as it looks! The Chicken Tortilla Soup is made with El Pollo Loco’s signature fire-grilled chicken, sweet roasted corn, celery, carrots, roasted poblano peppers, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, a sprinkle of creamy Cotija cheese, cilantro, and crisp tortilla strips. As a broth-based soup with plenty of vegetables, this is a good choice to pair with a taco or a side of beans or vegetables. For fewer calories and less fat, request your soup without the added tortilla strips.
The Original Pollo Bowl®
This bowl has all the signature flavors of El Pollo Loco tacos and burritos but with a little less mess. Fire-grilled chicken breast is chopped and combined with pinto beans, Spanish rice, pico de gallo salsa, onion, and cilantro in one complete meal. Not only are this dish’s pinto beans
a tasty way to get added protein, but bean consumption has also been linked to helping with overall weight management.
This is a nice and simple choice with pinto beans, Spanish rice, and Monterey Jack cheese wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. I like to drizzle a little House Salsa or Avocado Salsa in it for an extra kick without too many extra calories.
Chicken Taco al Carbon (Vegetable, Lean Protein)
This taco is a savory serving of chopped flame-grilled chicken wrapped in a soft corn tortilla. My kids and I generally prefer to skip the onions, which are a little strong for us, but there are some health benefits
to keeping them in the mix. To make this taco a Kids LiveWell choice and a complete meal for growing kids, add a side of pinto beans and vegetables, and don’t forget to request no margarine on the veggies.
Kid's Drumstick (Vegetable, Lean Protein)
Are there any kids out there who don’t like a nice messy drumstick
? This Kids LiveWell meal includes two flame-grilled chicken legs, a side of pinto beans, and a side of vegetables without the margarine. They’ll have fun eating this one, and you’ll be happy with the lean protein and veggies.