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Black beans at El Pollo Loco

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Are they ever coming back? No one at any location in Southern California seems to know. I really miss them!

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  1. Ive never had the black beans at epl...always the pintos. when did they have them, why were they so noteworthy?

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      Tough question to answer. It seemed to me they were sweeter then the black beans at La Salsa and Baja Fresh (which I think has taken a nose dive in the past couple of years). Made the burritos really tasty.

    2. Those beans were wonderful! At my location in
      Northern California, when I asked a year ago why
      they were gone and if they would come back, I was
      told that the supplier in New Orleans had been
      put out of business by Katrina, and that the
      beans would NOT be coming back. Pollo Loco should get the recipe and have some other place make them, darn it!

      1. I knew I wasn't the only one. I did send an Email to the corporate web site but as you can guess, no reply. One can only hope there might be another supplier out there!

        1. do you think they may have added any spec. spices, flavorings?

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          1. Yes, sugar, barbecue sauce, some sort of smoke flavor, beans, and maybe a bit of ham? The online Pollo Loco menu said at the time that they were NOT vegetarian. Those beans were on my top ten list of food favorites. I've tried to replicate
            them at home with no luck.

              1. re: DjTweed

                I tried them for the first time last week. They are good. Sweet BBQ beans, but they went surprisingingly well in a taco made with some of the regular grilled chicken and lettuce from the salad bowl.