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Keto El Pollo Loco Menu: Top 11 Low Carb Dishes

Although it’s always better to prepare your own meals at home on a low carb diet, you can eat keto at El Pollo Loco if you’re in a pinch. In fact, we offer guides to eat keto at a range of other fast food restaurants too.

Since they specialize in fire-grilled chicken, low carb El Pollo Loco options are easy to customize. You’ll need to leave off rice, beans, and flour tortilla shells but can enjoy a great selection of other healthy options.

In this article, we’ll outline how to eat low carb at El Pollo Loco on a keto diet so that you can stay in ketosis and continue burning fat!

Classic Double Pollo Fit Bowl

This is one of our favorite options. It’s healthy, easy to order, and will fill you up. It contains grilled chicken breast, avocado, lettuce, greens, carrot and cabbage blend, queso fresco, salsa fresco and pepitas.

You can opt for dressing, but this will increase the carb count by at least 4 grams.

Without dressing, it contains 500 calories, 25g fat, 15g carbs (9g net carbs), 6g fiber, and 58 grams of protein.

Since it doesn’t come with any rice or beans you can order it as is.

What to order: the classic double Pollo fit bowl. Hold the dressing.

Double Chicken Avocado Salad

The double chicken avocado salad at El Pollo Loco contains lettuce, chicken breast, organic spinach, pico de gallo salsa, avocados, organic spinach, corn, and cotija cheese.

It contains 310 calories, 9g fat, 12g carbs (6g net carbs), 5g fiber, and 47g protein.

You can reduce the net carbs to 5 grams of carbs by holding the corn, which isn’t a keto-friendly food anyway.

What to order: the double chicken avocado salad minus the corn.

Double Protein Avocado New Pollo Fit Bowls

The double protein avocado new pollo fit bowl contains a lettuce blend, creamy cilantro lime cauliflower rice, pico de gallo salsa, queso fresco, organic spinach, avocado slices, and chopped chicken breast.

It has 390 calories, 16g fat, 15g carbs (9g net carbs), 6g fiber, and 51g protein.

You can reduce the net carbs to 6 grams by holding the queso fresco. 

What to order: the double protein avocado new pollo fit bowl minus the queso fresco.

The World’s First Keto Burrito

The World’s First Keto Burrito contains a 10 inch flour keto tortilla, red cabbage, organic spinach, cotija cheese, creamy cilantro lime dressing, organic spinach, chopped chicken, avocado slices, and pico de gallo salsa.

It contains 450 calories, 28g fat, 32g carbs (11g net carbs), 21g fiber, and 35g protein.

You can reduce the net carbs to 5 grams by holding the 10 inch flour keto tortilla, but you may have to request that they put the burrito fillings in a bowl.

What to order: the World’ First Keto Burrito minus the flour keto tortilla, if you can. If not, you can try to eat around this.

Double Chicken Tostada Salad

The double chicken tostada salad contains a fried tostada shell, pinto beans, shredded Monterey jack cheese, pico de gallo salsa, avocado slices, rice, organic spinach, shredded lettuce, chopped chicken breast and sour cream.

If you order it without the rice, pinto beans, and shell, it will contain 380 calories, 17g fat, 8g carbs (4g net carbs), 4g fiber, and 49g protein. This is better than a chicken taco!

What to order: the double chicken tostada salad minus the rice, pinto beans, and fried tostada shell. 

Classic Tostada Salad

The classic tostada salad comes with a fried tostada shell, pinto beans, shredded Monterey jack cheese, pico de gallo salsa, sour cream, rice, shredded lettuce, and chopped chicken breast.

If you get it without the rice, beans, and shell, it will contain 210 calories, 9g fat, 5g carbs (4g net carbs), 1g fiber, and 26g of carbs. This is just like a deconstructed chicken taco.

What to order: the classic tostada salad minus the beans, rice, and fried tostada shell.

Grande Avocado Chicken Bowl

The grande avocado chicken bowl contains rice, shredded Monterey jack cheese, chopped chicken breast, corn, pinto beans, cabbage, pico de gallo salsa, sour cream, and avocado slices.

If you order it without the rice and beans, it will contain 340 calories, 20g fat, 10g carbs (6g net carbs), 4g fiber, and 31g protein.

You can reduce the net carbs to 4 grams by also holding the corn.

What to order: the grande avocado chicken bowl minus the rice, beans, and corn.

Original Pollo Bowl

The original pollo bowl comes with chopped chicken breast, rice, diced onion, pinto beans, pico de gallo salsa, and creamy cilantro.

If you get it without the rice and beans, it will contain 110 calories, 1.5g carbs, 2g carbs, less than one gram of fiber, and 22g protein.

What to order: the original pollo bowl minus the beans and rice.

Double Chicken Bowl

The double chicken bowl contains rice, cabbage, sour cream, chopped chicken breast, pinto beans, shredded Monterey jack cheese, pico de gallo slices, and avocado slices.

If you hold the rice and beans, it will contain 430 calories, 22g fat, 8g carbs (4g net carbs), and 52g protein.

What to order: the double chicken bowl minus the rice and beans

Fire-Grilled Chicken Breast, Wing, Thigh, or Leg

Craving a chicken taco? You can order a single fire-grilled chicken thigh, wing, breast, or leg independent of a meal without any sides or sauces. 

Here is the nutritional breakdown for each:

  • Fire-grilled chicken breast: 220 calories, 9g fat, 0g carbs, and 36g protein
  • Fire-grilled chicken wing: 90 calories, 5g fat, 0g carbs, and 12g protein
  • Fire-grilled chicken thigh: 210 calories, 15g fat, 0g carbs, and 21g protein 
  • Fire-grilled chicken leg: 80 calories, 4g fat, 0g carbs, and 12g protein

What to order: a single chicken breast, thigh, leg, or wing. You can also order these as part of a two, three, or four piece meal, but you will need to hold all sides and drinks that come with it.

The World’s First Keto Taco

Craving a chicken taco? The World’s First Keto Taco contains a 5.5” high fiber/carb lean flour tortilla, chopped chicken, pico de gallo salsa, avocado, shredded lettuce, creamy cilantro dressing, and jack cheese and no tortilla chips.

It contains 250 calories, 17g fat, 13g carbs (5g net carbs), 9g fiber, and 18g protein.

What to order: the World’s First Keto Taco. 

Conclusion 

You can keep it low-carb at El Pollo Loco by ordering the World’s First Keto Taco, which contains 5 grams of net carbs if you order it as is. Just remember to say no to the tortilla chips!

You can also reduce your net carbs even further by ordering one of the bowls within the beans, rice, or tostada shells. 

However, if you truly do not want to consume any carbs while eating at El Pollo Loco, then you can order a single chicken breast, wing, thigh, or leg independent of a meal without any sides.

For more restaurants to eat out on keto, check our restaurant list.

*image by wolterke/depositphotos

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