Founded in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico in 1974 by Juan Francisco Ochoa also known as Don Pancho.
In 1980, El Pollo Loco opened its first branch in Alvarado Street in Los Angeles California.
1983: Denny's Inc. acquired Ochoa's restaurants in Los Angeles.
1987: TW Services, Inc. acquired Denny's and El Pollo Loco.
1994: El Pollo Loco adds self-serve salsa bars in all restaurants.
1995: On July 31, El Pollo Loco earns a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's largest burrito in Anaheim, California. The burrito is 3,112 feet long and weighs two tons.
2005: In April, El Pollo Loco celebrates its 25th anniversary, introducing its first-ever Loco Value Menu.
The first El Pollo Loco in the Philipines was opened on
December 14, 1991 at SM Megamall.