El Pollo Loco


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2017! El Pollo Loco, Inc. is a fast food chain specializing in Mexican-style grilled chicken. They have several hundred restaurants, but are mostly located in the Southwestern U.S. They do not have an allergen chart, but do have some other special diet information online. We also contacted them directly to find out the dairy-free options. They were very responsive, which enabled us to compile this general list of options. There are many more dairy-free options on the menu if you special order no cheese and no sour cream.

El Pollo Loco - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Meats – Flame Grilled Chicken, Mexican Chicken
  • Entrees – Chicken Taquitos, Taco al Carbon, Pollo Bowl, Avocado Bacon Tostada Salad
  • Sides – Pinto Beans, Coleslaw, Steamed Broccoli (without margarine), Flour Tortillas, Corn Tortillas
  • Condiments – Salsas, Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Dessert – Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Their customer service specifically stated “The chocolate chip cookies do not list dairy as an allergen alert.”)

Other Allergen Notes: We received a message from a concerned viewer about soy. They had heard that all chicken from El Pollo Loco is marinated in oil that contains hydrolyzed soybean oil. However, we contacted the company directly, and their customer service promptly responded, “No, it is just marinated in fruit juices, herbs and spice.” El Pollo Loco does have Gluten Information available online.

More Details from El Pollo Loco

Restaurant Website: www.elpolloloco.com

*The above information was supplied by a Go Dairy Free viewer, is not representative of our own findings, and should be used for informational purposes only. Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation. For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information. If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products. Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant.

Last Updated: November 25, 2017

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  1. Thanks for list. Based on my experience, the rice does have dairy in it. Made me terribly sick for a couple of days afterwards. Looking forward to going back though just without the rice

    • I can’t fully confirm or deny this! As mentioned in the post above, they do not have an allergen chart or ingredient info available. Those are the items that I was told are dairy free, and the rice was not on the list. I’ve got another inquiry into them for an update, but no response as of yet.

  2. I just called and was told their flame grilled chicken IS cooked in soybean oil. I pressed her on it because I was confused after reading this…and she seemed like she wasn’t 100% sure of her answer…so she may have been wrong. But anyone who is also sensitive to soy might want to call first to see if their cooking methods have changed since this post.

  3. My nut and dairy allergic daughters eat the chicken, tortillas, chips and guacamole. One used to eat the rice until one of the managers told us they wouldn’t trust that the rice is dairy free. Thanks for posting this info!!

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