I wanted to reproduce the cilantro lime dressing from el Pollo Loco®. I have been on a poblano pepper kick lately, so here is my version.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

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  • Coat poblano peppers with vegetable oil and place on a baking sheet.

  • Cook peppers under the broiler until blistered and scorched, about 10 minutes. Transfer peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap until peppers are cool enough to handle. Remove skin from peppers.

  • Blend peppers, mayonnaise, lime juice, and garlic in a blender until dressing is smooth. Add cilantro, salt, and pepper to dressing and process until cilantro is incorporated but not smooth.

Cook's Note:

If you want to use as a dip, mix with sour cream in a 1 to 1 ration.

Nutrition Facts

106 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 1.4g; fat 11.3g; cholesterol 5.2mg; sodium 90.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
Very, VERY nice dressing, bursting with fresh flavor. Perfect pairing of lime, poblano peppers, and cilantro, with not one dominating. Used half of this on a taco salad and mixed the rest with some sour cream for a tortilla chip dip. Isabel, this one's a keeper. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
Very, VERY nice dressing, bursting with fresh flavor. Perfect pairing of lime, poblano peppers, and cilantro, with not one dominating. Used half of this on a taco salad and mixed the rest with some sour cream for a tortilla chip dip. Isabel, this one's a keeper. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2016
Very tasty. I used serranos instead of poblanos because I wanted spicy but tastes close to the el pollo loco dressing for sure. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2018
This is so good. I did omit the poblano peppers because I did not have any on hand...added a little more cilantro. I used this for salad...nachos...quinoa bowl...ect... it is much better than el pollo loco..I could eat this by the spoonful. Thank you for the recipe.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2019
Pretty good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2019
I feel it really needs sour cream to temper the mayo. It was a great dressing for tacos Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2019
We really like it, we swapped the Mayo for sour cream and it still tasted great! Definitely will do again with salads, tacos, and quesadillas. Read More
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