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El Pollo Loco Creamy Cilantro Dressing Copycat Recipe to Use on Various Dishes

Written by Chef Anderson · 1 min read >
El Pollo Loco Creamy Cilantro Dressing Copycat Recipe to Use on Various Dishes

Does the idea of making your own El Pollo Loco creamy cilantro dressing sounds intimidating for you? It might be, but it doesn’t have to at all. With this following copycat recipe, you will be able to recreate one at home in merely 10 minutes with really similar taste.

The original recipe of this menu comes from El Pollo Loco – a restaurant that specialized in Mexican food, especially grilled chicken. There are two different and independent chains of El Pollo Loco that’s operated under two companies: the Mexico-based restaurant and U.S based one. Both were established in 1974 by Juan Francisco Ochoa in Sinaloa, Mexico, before it was expanded into The United States in 1980s.

Back to the recipe, here’s how to make El Pollo Loco creamy cilantro dressing:


  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 6 tbsp. cilantro, chopped finely
  • 3 tbsp. garlic, minced finely
  • ¼ onion, minced finely
  • ½ lime, squeezed into juice
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients inside food processor and then mix until they are blended well.
  2. Store the blend inside airtight container and save in refrigerator. It may last up until a week.

There are so many ways you can make variations of this El Pollo Loco creamy cilantro dressing recipe. For example, you may use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt. You may add a teaspoon of honey if the taste of the dressing is a bit too tangy for you. Another way to make variation is to adjust the consistency based on your preference. The creamy cilantro dressing is very creamy, and if you want to thin it out, you can add milk into the blend.

The creamy cilantro dressing also works for various menus! It can be used as the dipping sauce for burrito or to put inside taco salad only by adding half an avocado into the food processor. It is very famous and ideal to be used as salad dressing during summer or for grilled veggies, with the herbaceous and tangy taste. It’s perfect as well to be used as side sauce for barbequed chicken or even to be poured over egg to add more flavors. The reason why El Pollo Loco creamy cilantro dressing is so well-loved is because it can go anywhere as you want it to be.

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