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El Pollo Loco Keto Dining Guide – Here’s What To Order!

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Out and about and craving some keto fast food? El Pollo Loco has delicious food and offers a pretty helpful nutrition guide. You can even take a look at their menu and click the items you’d like to add or remove from each entree and it will adjust the carb count, calories, and other nutritional info. I sure wish every restaurant had that option!

One of the great things about El Pollo Loco, other than their yummy food, is that you can hack the menu and still have several great options that are keto-friendly!

Here are the best keto menu items available at El Pollo Loco…


1. El Pollo Loco Keto Taco

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“I’ll have the Keto Taco, please!”

  • Nutrition: 260 calories | 17g fat | 19g protein | 14g total carbs | 9g fiber | 5g net carbs

This delicious keto taco includes chopped chicken, pico de gallo salsa, avocado, shredded lettuce, creamy cilantro dressing, and jack cheese – all inside a high fiber/low carb flour tortilla.

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While this item would be considered dirty keto by some, it is keto certified.


2. El Pollo Loco Double Chicken Avocado Salad 

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“I’ll have the Double Chicken Avocado Salad please, without the corn.”

  • Nutrition: 330 calories | 15g fat | 39g protein | 12g total carbs | 5g fiber | 7g net carbs

The Double Chicken Avocado Salad includes pico de gallo salsa, avocado slices, cilantro, cotija cheese, chopped chicken breast, and sour cream. You can swap out the chicken for shrimp, but it will add one additional net carb.

The creamy cilantro dressing adds an additional 2 carbs, but we didn’t think it was necessary as the sour cream added enough to the flavor without having to use the dressing.

Be sure and ask for NO corn in order to keep it keto-friendly!


3. El Pollo Loco 2-Piece Chicken Meal

piece of chicken and side of broccoli on a plate

“I’ll have the 2-Piece Chicken Meal, with a breast and a thigh, broccoli, and no tortillas, please.”

  • Nutrition: Chicken Breast w/ skin | 220 calories | 9g fat | 36g protein | 0g total carbs | 0g fiber
  • Nutrition: Chicken Thigh w/ skin | 210 calories | 15g fat | 21g protein | 0g total carbs | 0g fiber
  • Nutrition: Chicken Wing w/ skin | 90 calories | 5g fat | 12g protein | 0g total carbs | 0g fiber
  • Nutrition: Chicken Leg w/ skin | 80 calories | 4g fat | 12g protein | 0g total carbs | 0g fiber
  • Nutrition: Broccoli (small) | 30 calories | 0g fat | 2g protein | 6g total carbs | 2g fiber | 4g net carbs

You simply can’t go wrong with El Pollo Loco’s famous chicken meals. Mix and match breasts, wings, thighs, or legs and choose broccoli as your side for a truly keto-rific meal! If you want to keep your fat count higher, opt for the thighs and breast as they have the highest fat count.


4. El Pollo Loco Chicken Nachos

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“I’ll have the Chicken Nachos please, with no tortilla chips, no pinto beans, and add lettuce.”

  • Nutrition: 180 calories | 15g fat | 5g protein | 6g total carbs | 2g fiber | 4g net carbs

Keep your nachos low carb by opting for lettuce instead of chips! I’ve ordered nachos this way at various restaurants and let me tell you, it’s still a yummy meal even without the chips. Just use a fork and dig in!


5. El Pollo Loco Baja Shrimp Tostada Salad

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“I’ll have the Baja Shrimp Tostada Salad please, with no pinto beans, no rice, extra lettuce and in a bowl (no shell).”

  • Nutrition: 240 calories | 18g fat | 14g protein | 6g total carbs | 1g fiber | 5g net carbs

If you’re craving shrimp you’ll want to try the yummy Baja Shrimp Tostada Salad! Be sure to skip the high carb beans, rice, and shell for an easy low carb lunch. If you really want to kick it keto then ask for avocado or guacamole, which will add in delicious and oh so healthy fat!

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As you can see, living the keto life has never been easier on the go!

More and more restaurants are hopping on the bandwagon and are offering more menu options that will allow you to enjoy delicious food while keeping your carb count low!


Check out these other keto restaurant tips & tricks!

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