Aug 21, 2012

Review: El Pollo Loco - Chicken, Bacon & Guacamole Stuffed Quesadilla

El Pollo Loco's new Chicken, Bacon & Guacamole Stuffed Quesadilla features fire-grilled chicken, bacon, jack and cheddar cheeses, guacamole, and pico de gallo inside a grilled flour tortilla folded (Crunchwrap style) into a hexagon shape for easy eating.

My local El Pollo Loco has these for $5.49 each, which is on the pricey side for fast food.

The quesadilla is about the size of a wide if flat burger. For a point of reference, I would say that that El Pollo Loco's new Stuffed Quesadillas is not as wide as a Crunchwrap Supreme, but wider than a Whopper.

The flour tortilla was a bit thick on top where several layers overlapped due to the folding, but was pressed to a nice, even crust.

I first noticed the bacon, which was so thick in some pieces that I left me musing if ham was supposed to be in my quesadilla. Biting into one, yielded a slightly chewy texture, without as much of the desired crispiness of bacon, but with an intense, flavorful, smoky flavor.

The chicken tasted like it came fresh off the grill; I could actually taste some charring... mmm... fire-roasted meat.

The last bit of the trio, the guacamole was buttery and plentiful with enough for every bite and then some.

The supporting ingredients were pico de gallo, which I didn't really notice, and the cheese which was thick and melted. The cheese held the quesadilla together and provided some creamy goodness.

The overall effect was a really tasty quesadilla. All the ingredients seemed made to go together and I enjoyed every bite. I will say that it felt a bit small, especially for the price, but I think I'm used to the huge, flatter quesadillas that they serve at some of the Mexican joints around here. My stomach still ended up satisfied.

Nutritional Info - El Pollo Loco Chicken, Bacon & Guacamole Stuffed Quesadilla (11.8 oz)
Calories - 880 (from Fat - 460)
Fat - 51g (Saturated Fat - 23g)
Sodium - 2080mg
Carbs - 56g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 52g