Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My version of Cafe Rio Pork

So, I have been asked by a TON of people about my Cafe Rio sweet Pork recipe....so my husband suggested that I put it on my blog for all to see :)

The Pork Recipe came from a Church activity, and I think she got it online somewhere. I cant find the written recipe anymore, so I'm sure some of it has been lost in translation, but I think it tastes good just the same.

The Tomotillo Recipe came from a co-worker...quite yummy and it compliments the pork very nicely :)

Sweet Pork

3-4 lbs Pork Roast (bone in or no bone)
2 cups salsa
2 cups brown sugar
1 can coke (or any other cola...NO DIET soda)
1/2 packet fajita seasoning
1/2 packet taco seasoning
1 small can diced green chilis

Put the pork roast in a crock pot and fill 1/2 way with water. Cook on high for 5 hours

Remove Pork and discard water. Remove bone (if applicable) and all extra fat. Cut pork into pieces (at least 4-5 big chunks) and put back into crock pot.

Mix salsa, sugar and coke in a medium bowl. Pour over pork. Cook on high for 2 hours

Stir in fajita seasoning, taco seasoning and green chilis. Cook on high for 1 hour

Use 2 forks to shred pork. Serve in tacos, burritos or on top of a salad :)


Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

3 fresh tomatillos
1 package ranch-style dressing mix (I use 1 1/2 TBSP from jar that contains buttermilk solids)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 to 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

(I personally use a little less cayenne and a little more ranch because I don't like too much spice)

To prepare the tomatillos, husk, wash, and quarter them. These can be baked or roasted. I usually put them in a microwave safe dish with a little water, cover, and microwave 2 to 3 minutes. Cool.

Put all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups app.


1 comment:

The Watkins said...

We made Cafe Rio pork salads at my girls' night last month. Then the same week we went to a baby blessing and the meal they served afterwards was, you guessed, Cafe Rio style pork salads. It's must be a trend right now cause everyone is craving it!! SO YUMMY!!

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