El Pollo Loco Pinto Beans Fat-Free copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

El Pollo Loco Pinto Beans Fat-Free

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This is a simple little recipe that is healthy and delicious. Along with your chicken order from this fast-growing West Coast chain, comes your choice of side orders. Pinto beans is the most popular choice. But the real thing has some fat that you won't need to include in this light version. And this recipe will give you pintos that taste just like the original, along with a little heat from finely minced jalapeno peppers. Spoon some of these beans into a tortilla along with chicken. Or maybe just serve them on the side.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1/2 cup
Total servings–4
Calories per serving–96 (Original–145)
Fat per serving–0g (Original–3g)

Source: Top Secret Recipes Lite by Todd Wilbur.

Get This

  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, with liquid
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh jalapeno
Do This

1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.

2. Bring the beans to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Serves 4.

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