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These were some kicky beanies, lol! Great (and super-simple) way to dress up canned pintos. I used some smoked serrano chile powder for this. BTW, these made awesome refrieds, too -- spicy and so creamy. Thanks for posting! Made for The Honeys for ZWT8

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Muffin Goddess August 11, 2012

Great charro beans! Fairly spicy with a nice texture. I did drain my beans before adding the water and they came out great. Enjoyed these - thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for ZWT8, Chefs gone WILD!

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loof August 10, 2012

Yum! I don't know that we've ever had EPL in Washington, so I've never tried the original. This however, was wonderful, and very easy to make. The only change I might consider is to add some garlic and onion, both of which complement beans beautifully. Made for ZWT8.

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IngridH August 08, 2012

This recipe is very close to the one we used in the EPL restaurants.

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thepriest March 01, 2012

I live in Idaho now and we don't have El Pollo Loco here, I really don't miss much about Ca expect the weater and Pollo Loco!! We made the beans last night for a party and they taste JUST like El Pollo Loco beans YAY...................... Thank you for the recipe : )

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darskittys August 15, 2011

This technique add great flavor to canned beans. I did not drain the beans and added just a bit of water. I used ground ancho chile pepper instead of ground serrano because that's what I had. I sliced the whole serrano chile lengthwise before adding it to the beans. Spicy and good.

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Ginny Sue June 20, 2010

Surprise, surprise...I really didn't think this would have any real flavor...but it did. I have to admit that I cut the recipe in half but used the full amount of chili (sliced and kept in the beans) only because we love the heat. Now...it didn't say to drain the beans and based on looneytunesfan photo I decided not to add any water. Loved it! Thanks for posting. :)

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teresas January 29, 2010

I couldn't find any ground serrano chile so I replaced it with ground pasilla chile, I also cut the oil in half and otherwise followed the recipe. My DBF was pleased to get the serrano for his taco. These beans make a quick and easy side dish perfect for any Mexican Dinner. Thank you Lazyme :o)

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cookiedog January 14, 2010

I'm so thrilled to find this recipe. I grew up in San Diego and its the food that I go back for.. I don't usually buy serrano chilies, but it was so worth it. I was unable to find the powdered, so I used chili arbol. I will try to find the serrano's, dried, on an upcoming trip to Florida, and definitely try this again. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

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CarolinaDreamz January 21, 2009

When I moved away from San Diego the thing that I missed most was the foods I could get there (what I would give for El Pollo Loco and Rubio's Taco's :) ) these were wonderful, brought the restaurant to my home. Yummy!! Will be making these again for sure. Thankx Lazyme

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Julie Tremmel September 28, 2007
El Pollo Loco Mexican Beans