What’s vegan on the menu at El Pollo Loco? Below you’ll see everything you can order that’s vegetarian, plant-based, and dairy-free. Sadly, El Pollo Loco’s vegan chicken burrito and tacos were taken off the menu, so it’s no longer a very inviting fast food restaurant for vegan eaters. But you can still piece together a passable meal with meat-less, cheese-less burritos and sides. This guide will show you how!
Isn’t it incredibly exciting when a fast-food restaurant adds a plant-based product? In 2020 the vegan community celebrated not one, but TWO chickenless vegan options available at El Pollo Loco!
Sadly, these offerings are no longer on the menu.
But even without the vegan chicken on the menu at El Pollo Loco, you can still satisfy your hankering hunger with a based meal made only of sides.
Picture this: a plate filled with plant-based pleasures such as crisp and crackling Tapatio fries, fiber-rich rice and beans, beautifully steamed broccoli, ample avocado, and last but not least, a sizable selection of savory salsas! And that’s not even including the toasty tortilla chips and glorious guacamole. Not so bad, right?
With more than 500 locations in the Southwestern US, El Pollo Loco offers an abundance of plant-based options on their menu. You’ll be able to grab a decent amount of food and enough to feel somewhat satisfied.
So…what can you order that’s vegan at El Pollo Loco? It’s extraordinarily easy to place your online (or in-person) order. All of the vegan-friendly foods are listed below.
*The Vegan Chickenless Pollo and Vegan Chickenless Pollo Burrito are no longer available.
Besides the obvious meat options, be careful of these choices, which are NOT vegan:
Let’s encourage El Pollo Loco to add back their plant-based options (and more!) by sending them an email, speaking to a manager, and commenting on their social media posts. The more people request better options, the more likely they will be to respond. Like their logo says, “Feed the Flame”—though in our case, we mean feeding the flame of veganism!
Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Send us a message and let us know and tag #worldofvegan and @vegan on Instagram to share your favorite vegan at El Pollo Loco creations with all of us!
Disclaimer: At the time of this article (last updated in 2022), all of the foods mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus, add or take away items, and reformulate menu items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan and not listed above or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check. Good luck!