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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mock Cafe Rio Pork Burrito's

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For those of you who don't know me...I am a lover of Mexican food!! I love eating it, looking at it, smelling it, nibbling on it, and most of all just....eating it. Cafe Rio is one of my all time favorite places to eat...I've never once had something there that I wouldn't eat again. When my daughter told me about this mock recipe for the Cafe Rio Sweet Pork that she ran across and tried...I had to give it a try as well. I will admit...the Sweet Pork isn't what I usually get when I go and eat at Cafe Rio...BUT I do like it...and this recipe hit the spot and tastes just like the real thing! The original recipe is found here, and they made the Cafe Rio Salad out of their Sweet Pork, so check her recipe out too...its delicious as well!!!! I made the sweet pork exactly like the recipe says, but then we made ours into a burrito. Most of my family isn't a big fan of cilantro, so while I made the "Cilantro Lime Rice", I didn't add cilantro to my rice. Also...my family just likes the Black Beans right out of the can (and warmed up), so that is how we ate it...BUT I like the "Cilantro-Lime Rice" and the "Black Beans" the way that Cafe Rio makes them...so I am posting those recipes as well as the Sweet Pork. THIS is so yummy...you have to make it. It's a little extra work, not hard at all...but it does takes a little time to do the Sweet Pork... but you won't regret it, it's so worth it...especially if you crave Cafe Rio like I do and can't have it all the time. For the tortilla's I used the uncooked tortilla's that you can buy at almost any store (yes, for you locals...you can get them at our local store and they are amazing), but you could make your own (which would also be amazing) or use the regular store bought shells...whatever you prefer...NOW, when you get your Sweet Pork, Cilantro Lime Rice and Black Beans all prepared and made...its time to put your burrito together. I cooked the tortilla shell according to package directions and then I put the rice, beans and meat in it...I added a little Mozzarella cheese, folded it up then poured some green sauce on top..finished it by sprinkling some more cheese on top and putting it under the broiler for 2 minutes. SO GOOD!!! For the green sauce that you put over the burrito's, I used canned green enchilada sauce from the store...it tasted excellent! I am so excited to hear back on how you all liked it and what you did to tweak the recipe to fit your likings...YUM!!!!

Sweet Pork
2 lbs. pork (I had left over Pork Roast that was already cooked, so I just used the left overs and didn't
have to cook the Sweet Pork as long!! Woo Hoo...another way to use those dreaded leftovers!
3 cans of COKE (not diet)
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
dash of garlic powder
1/4 c. water
1 small can diced chilies
3/4 can (large) RED enchilada sauce (I used medium)

Put the pork in a heavy duty Ziplock bag to marinade. Add 1 1/2 cans of Coke and 1/4 c. brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or over night (I just did mine for 2 hours). Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of Coke, water and garlic powder into crock pot on high for 3-4 hours (if you are using leftovers like I did...I only cooked it for 2 hours)...or until it shreds easily. Don't let it get too dry. Remove pork from crock pot. Shred pork by using 2 forks and tearing it apart. In a blender, or food processor (I used blender), blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and 1 c. brown sugar (or more if you want it sweeter). If it looks too thick add more Coke little by little. (Mine seemed just right). Put shredded pork and sauce in crock pot and let it cook on low for 2 more hours. Then serve as a salad or burrito...or just it it right from the pan..YUM!

Cilantro-Lime Rice
*when I made this, I doubled it.*
1 c. uncooked rice
1 t. butter
2 cloves garlic (I only used 1 clove...even though I doubled the recipe)
1 t. lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth (I used 1 bouillon cube and 1 c. water as a substitution)
1 c. water
* 1 T. lime juice
2 t. sugar
3 T. fresh chopped cilantro (if you are adding cilantro...add the 1T. lime juice and the sugar as well
when the recipe calls for it..I didn't add any of those)
In a sauce pan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 t. lime juice, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine 1 T lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.

Black Beans
2 T. oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. cumin
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/3 c. tomato juice
1 1/2 t. salt
2 T fresh chopped cilantro

In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in oil over medium heat until you can smell the garlic. Add beans, tomato juice and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving add cilantro (I think that this can be optional too)

Cilantro Ranch (House Dressing)
1 packet traditional Hidden Valley Ranch Mix (not buttermilk)
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. buttermilk
2 tomatillos, remove husk and dice
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
juice from 1 lime
1 jalapeno

Remove the seeds from the jalapeno, mix all ingredients in a blender. Serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

Happy Cooking~


  1. I think you and Dayna should just put together a cookbook. I would buy it!

  2. YEA! We love Cafe Rio. I'm making this for dinner. You just made Russell one happy man. :)