A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
patterned on el Greco, etc.
: Beware of plaid shirts, el cheapo haircuts and candidates who talk r-e-a-l slownoun phrase
A cheap product; a piece of shoddy merchandise: They bought the El Cheapos and found they didn't work
[1960s+; probably first applied like El Ropo, to cheap cigars, since many cigars have Spanish names; see el -o, mock-Spanish combining form]