We’re Trying the New Keto-Friendly Menu Options at El Pollo Loco, Including Cauliflower Rice!

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We love to see restaurants adding new keto choices to their menus! 👏👏👏

El Pollo Loco is kicking off the new year keto menu options by bringing back its popular Pollo Fit Bowls, two of which are totally keto friendly. There’s also a yummy new side dish on the menu with a low-carb twist – the chain’s all-new Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice! 🙌

bowl of cauliflower rice

The new Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is finely chopped “riced” cauliflower heated and seasoned with cilantro and lime. It’s now available at El Pollo Loco restaurants nationwide, giving you a delicious new low-carb option. It can be ordered as a side or added to another meal in place of traditional rice.

man enjoying El Pollo Loco keto salads

“If you like cilantro, you’re really going to love this cauliflower rice. The lime gives it a really fresh, bright flavor too, and I think this would make a perfect keto substitute for anything on the menu that would normally have rice in it. I actually really enjoyed the riced cauliflower as a side dish all by itself.” – Stetson

If you’re ordering the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice as a side dish, it comes in small and large sizes. They were priced at $2.89 and $4.59 respectively at our location. Nutrition information for both sizes is as follows:

  • Small (4 oz.) | 45 Calories | 2g Fat | 5g Total Carbs | 2g Fiber | 2g Sugar | 2g Protein | 3g Net Carbs
  • Large (10.5 oz.) | 120 Calories | 6g Fat | 14g Total Carbs | 6g Fiber | 6g Sugar | 6g Protein | 8g Net Carbs

el Pollo loco keto Fit Bowl next to fountain drink

El Pollo Loco’s new Pollo Fit Bowls are made with double the citrus-marinated fire-grilled chicken, organic super greens, and the new cilantro lime cauliflower rice. Two of the three bowls are keto-friendly, including the Double Protein Avocado Pollo Fit Bowl and the Double Protein Mexican Caesar Pollo Fit Bowl. Pollo Fit Bowls were priced at $7.99 at the location we tried.

eating an el Pollo loco keto Fit Bowl

The new Double Protein Avocado Pollo Fit Bowl is made with organic super greens and lettuce topped with cilantro lime cauliflower rice and a double portion of chopped fire-grilled chicken breast. It comes with hand-sliced avocado, queso fresco, pico, and Tapatio seasoning, and it will fuel you with a whopping 50 grams of protein!

  • Nutritional Information: 390 Calories | 16g Fat | 14g Total Carbs | 5g Fiber | 4g Sugar | 50g Protein | 9g Net Carbs

preparing a bite of an el Pollo loco Fit Bowl

As for the Double Protein Mexican Caesar Pollo Fit Bowl, it’s made with organic super greens and lettuce topped with a double portion of chopped fire-grilled chicken breast. It also features sliced radishes, hand-sliced avocado, cotija cheese, Tapatio seasoning, a lemon wedge, and your choice of dressing. When ordered without dressing, it contains just 3 grams of net carbs!

Speaking of dressings, El Pollo Loco’s dressings are starting the new year with a makeover too! The chain is removing high-fructose corn syrup from its popular Creamy Cilantro Dressing, and their Citrus Vinaigrette has also been replaced with a new Mexican Vinaigrette, which is Keto Certified and free of high-fructose corn syrup! 🙌

  • Nutritional Information: 290 Calories | 9g Fat | 7g Total Carbs | 4g Fiber | 2g Sugar | 47g Protein | 3g Net Carbs

“After trying both of the new keto-friendly Pollo Fit Bowls, I honestly can’t even pick a favorite. They were both really good. The chicken breast was seasoned to perfection, and there was a ton of it. Both bowls were delicious, satisfying, and perfect for keto. I feel like one of these could keep me fueled up for a good long time.” Stetson

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and HipKeto.

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Comments 5

  1. Kristine Jones

    be great if they’d actually include the cauliflower rice in my order…they actually left it out in my takeout order so I didn’t get any…also left out the dressing for my other side, salad!! Pollo Loco sucks!!

  2. David Mariscal

    Order the original Pollo Bowl combo and substitute the Spanish rice for the cilantro lime cauliflower rice. Add your favorite fresh salsa and an icy cold diet Coke or unsweetened ice tea and you’re in business for only $5!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Sounds so yummy!!!

  3. Kimberly

    They discontinued cauliflower rice at the Encinitas location. Disappointed ☹️

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh bummer! That sure is disappointing. 🙁 Sorry to hear that, Kimberly.💖

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