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El Pollo Loco BBQ Black Beans Copycat Recipe
El Pollo Loco BBQ Black Beans
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Calories: 200
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.6 (14 reviews)

If you like traditional BBQ beans, you've got to love El Pollo Loco's sweet-and-spicy variation with black beans. The light smokiness in this clone comes from bacon fat, then cayenne pepper and green chiles give the beans a Southwestern flavor that's perfect on burritos or as a delicious side. The prep is a breezer, since you conveniently combine two 15-ounce cans of black beans with the other secret ingredients in a saucepan and just let it simmer for an hour or so. When the beans are soft and the mixture is thick, on with the eating.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

Two 15-ounce cans black beans (with liquid)
1 1/2 cups water
The. Best. BBQ Black Beans!
Howard Turner  
Submitted on: 08/20/14
This recipe was a real eye opener! Here in the UK, we don't see many (any) BBQ black bean recipes and boy does this live up to the reviews. I've made these countless times now and it always comes out the same, although I generally use a high simmer heat for the 90 minutes. The point is to boil off the liquid to concentrate the flavours. So to those who've failed to make this recipe just needed to keep the heat going!
El Pollo Back Beans
Submitted on: 08/28/13
Loved this!! I made this as a side dish, but it was all I wanted to eat for dinner! If you have a bit of left over bbq brisket or cooked sausage, add it...yummy!
El Pollo BBQ backbeans
Submitted on: 07/07/13
This recipe turned great. I didn't have the bacon grease or red wine vinegar so I substituted a 1/4tsp of liquid smoke for the bacon grease and combined a tbsp of white vinegar and 2 tbsp of red wine for the red wine vinegar and they worked like a charm. I know what I'm bringing to the next work potluck. You can put it in a crockpot several hours before you want to serve it.
Way too much liquid!
Submitted on: 07/03/13
While the taste of this recipe is very good, I had to pour off almost 2 cups of liquid! I'd eliminate the water altogether and use only 1/2 cup of chicken broth
El Pollo Loco Black Beans
Submitted on: 05/27/13
Really good and El Pollo just discontinued them on 5-25-13 so we can still have them.
El Pollo Loco Black Beans
Karen Ritchey  
Submitted on: 12/11/12
We love this recipe even more than El Pollo Loco's version and have made it many times. I also reduced water to 1 cup and just keep cooking until you reach the desired consistency.
Family loved this recipe
Janet Saunders  
Submitted on: 06/18/12
My family loved this recipe for BBQ Black Beans. After reading the reviews I decreased the water to 1 c. and simmered them for over two hours. Plan ahead or make them the day before serving. This will be my new go-to BBQ beans recipe.
Dawn Morgan  
Submitted on: 07/10/11
These are spot on!
Kathryn Mattison-Gomez  
Submitted on: 09/02/08
These are by far the best black beans that I have ever tasted, and living in Miami I have tasted quite a lot of black beans! As soon as they are through cooking I have to hide a little bowl for myself somewhere as there is an excellent chance that by the time dinner rolls around the pot is already empty.
Submitted on: 11/04/07
This is one of my daughters favorite dishes at this restr. Yes it calls for a lot of water, I worried about that but followed the recipe. It DOES boil down and ticken up. They were right on to the restr. beans!! Everyone who eats them says they are wonderful. I use them now often instead of re-fried beans. Excellent!!!
Submitted on: 10/08/07
I enjoyed the taste. I added a bit more brown sugar. Although I simmered for over 90 minutes, the final product was watery. If there is a way to thicken this without sacrificing the savor, I'm all for it.
Submitted on: 09/28/07
After 90 minutes beans were still soupy so I brought them from a simmer to a boil and stirrred every 5 minutes until they were proper consistency. I LOVE El Pollo Loco black beans and these were pretty darn close. Will definitely make them again, noting Inc temp at end.
George F.  
Submitted on: 09/23/07
Wasn't too sure about the liquid amounts indicated but followed them anyway. Someone fell asleep at the switch on this one! After simmering for 90 mins. it was still the wateriest soup I've ever seen let alone being able to use in a burrito or side dish. Slurp, don't scarf. I'll probably throw the entire thing away since I see no way to salvage it. If you try this recipe DO NOT add any water at the very least. Doubt if I'll try to make this again even w/o water. What a disaster!!!!!!
Submitted on: 09/20/07
Loved it!!! Can't wait to make it again.