Cafe Rio Inspired Recipes

I was SERIOUSLY craving Cafe Rio the other day and I love to cook these lovely recipes on Sunday because you can cook the meat while you’re at church and the whole family is at home (except Jessica and her cute family).

 

Some things need to be repeated over and over again because it’s soooooo addicting! The great thing about making Cafe Rio at home is there are LEFTOVERS!!!!! Yipee!!!

 

 

I wanted to put the recipes together so it’s easy for you to completely make the pork salad. Yum! 

 

 

Sweet Pork Barbacoa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs pork ( pork butt is the best because it will shred easier)
  2. 3 cans of Coke (diet will not work)
  3. 1/2 cups brown sugar
  4. 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 can diced green chiles
  6. 1 can enchilada sauce
  7. 1 cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place pork into a Ziploc bag to marinate, pour one can of Coke and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Marinade for 3 to 4 hours or even overnight. (Both will work.)
  2. Drain the marinade and put the pork, 1 can Coke, and garlic in the crock pot on high for 3 to 4 hours or 6 to 7 hours on low.
  3. Remove pork from crock pot, and drain the liquid. Shred the pork.
  4. Mix together in your blender, 1/2 cup of Coke, chiles, enchilada sauce and 1 cup brown sugar.
  5. Place shredded pork back in the crock pot, sauce and heat until the mixture is warmed.
Notes
  1. If you use a higher quality of pork, it will work, but you will have to slice it instead of shredding. Still super delicious and tender! That is what we used in this picture.
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Cilantro Lime Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup uncooked rice
  2. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon lime juice
  5. 2 cups chicken broth
  6. 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  7. 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  8. 2 teaspoons sugar
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan combine rice, oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and chicken broth.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes, make sure rice is tender. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl combine remaining lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.
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black beans
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  4. 2 cans black beans, drained
  5. 2 2/3 cups tomato juice
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 4 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Instructions
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  5. I was SERIOUSLY craving Cafe Rio the other day and I love to cook these lovely recipes on Sunday, because you can cook the meat while your at church and the whole family is at home (except Jessica and her cute family). Some things need to be repeated over and over again because its soooooo addicting! The great thing about making Cafe Rio at home is there is LEFTOVERS!!!!! Yipee!!!
  6. pork
  7. SWEET PORK BARBACOA
  8. 2lbs pork ( pork butt is the best)
  9. 3 cans of Coke (diet will not work)
  10. 1/2 cups brown sugar
  11. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  12. 1 can diced green chiles
  13. 1 can enchilada sauce
  14. 1 cup brown sugar
Directions
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  6. Place pork into a Ziploc bag to marinate, pour one can of Coke and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Marinade for 3 to 4 hours or even overnight. (Both will work.)
  7. Drain the marinade and put the pork, 1 can Coke, and garlic salt in the crock pot on high for 3 to 4 hours or 6 to 7 hours on low.
  8. Remove pork from crock pot, and drain the liquid. Shred the pork.
  9. Mix together in your blender, 1/2 cup of Coke, chiles, enchilada sauce and 1 cup brown sugar.
  10. Place shredded pork back in the crock pot, sauce and heat until the mixture is warmed.
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  12. CILANTRO LIME RICE
  13. 1 cup uncooked rice
  14. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  15. 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  16. 1 teaspoon lime juice
  17. 2 cups chicken broth
  18. 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  19. 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  20. 2 teaspoons sugar
Directions
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  2. In a saucepan combine rice, oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon lime juice, and chicken broth.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes, make sure rice is tender. Remove from heat.
  5. In a small bowl combine remaining lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.
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  7. BLACK BEANS
  8. 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  9. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  10. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  11. 2 cans black beans, drained
  12. 2 2/3 cups tomato juice
  13. 1 teaspoon salt
  14. 4 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, cook garlic and cumin in the olive oil on a medium heat. You will be able to smell it when its ready. Add the beans, tomato juice and salt.
  2. Stir continually until its heated all the way through. Add the cilantro just before its served.
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Cilantro Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1 packet of Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing mix
  2. 1 c. Mayo
  3. 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  4. 3 tomatillo
  5. 1 jalapeno (with ribs and seeds removed if you don’t like the heat!)
  6. 3 cloves of garlic
  7. 1 lime (juiced)
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in your blender.
  2. Make it ahead of time to give the ingredients a chance to marry.
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