9/22/08 update: My previous email below looked into entrees at El Cholo. After discussing El Cholo with the Liberal Atheist Vegetarian, I contacted El Cholo's corporate office to find out about their side dishes of rice and beans. They stated that there is chicken broth in the rice. The beans, however, do not have any meat stock. The pinto beans have cheese added to them, but the black beans do not. This was confirmed with the executive chef.
The representative for this Southern California franchise checked with their executive chef and emailed the following:
"A lot of our sauces are chicken or beef based which limits a lot of our other items."
This includes the cheese enchiladas. "The enchilada sauce has a beef base."
They stated only one item on their menu to be vegetarian and eggless ("animal product free"):
- Vegetarian Fajitas