Monday, September 24, 2007

Cafe Rio recipes

My sister-in-law's sister gave me these recipes. I haven't tried them yet, but I think anything even remotely like Cafe Rio must be glorious.

CHICKEN
5 lbs chicken breast, boneless, skinless
1 sm bottle zesty italian dressing
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingred together in a large crock pot. Cook on high for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Reserve a small amount of juice and pour over shredded chicken. Keep warm.

PORK
3.5 lbs pork roast
1 bottle taco sauce (8 oz)
1 T cumin
1 C brown sugar
1 can Coke (not diet)

Cook pork in pot on low for 6 hours (cover roast 1/2 with water. I cooked for a couple of hours on high and switched to low, that made it shred easier; also, when you add the other ingredients, please take out some of the water, leaving only about ½ in. in the bottom of the pot). Add ingred. to pork 3 hours before it is done.

LIME RICE
in a saucepan, saute:
2 T butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

In a large pot, bring to a boil the following:
6 2/3 cups water
8 t chicken buillion
1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
2 tsp cumin
2 sm cans diced green chilies
1 T lime juice
1/2 t pepper
3 cups of rice (maybe a half cup more, you'll have to play with it)

Pico de Gallo
4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t lime juice
1 t salt1/2 t pepper

TOMATILLO DRESSING
1 pkg Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing mix
1 C buttermilk
1 C Mayo
1 to 2 tomatillos
1/2 to 1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 to 1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 t lime juice
1/2 to 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed!

Serve in the following order:
tortillas
cheese
shredded chicken or pork
black or pinto beans
lime rice
red and green leaf lettuce, shredded
sprinkle crunch corn strips on top
fresh Parmesan cheese

sides of:
pico de gallo
guacamole
fresh cilantro
fresh lime slice
tomatillo dressing

Joanna
Provo, UT

13 comments:

Hot Out of the Oven said...

Mmmm, Joanna thanks! I agree--anything remotely like Cafe Rio MUST be glorious.

Jessica

Libby said...

Hooray for Cafe Rio!

Libby

KAP said...

I have tried the pork, but I had been given a different recipe. 3 lbs. pork, 1 can coke, 2 cups brown sugar, 14 oz. salsa that has been blended. 5 hours on high with just water and pork. dump out the water add the coke, salsa and sugar with the pork (that you cut into 3 sections). High for 3 hours then shred the pork and keep on low til ready to serve. It was so delicous! Safeway was having a sale on pork and I bought more because I will be making this again!!!

m3ng said...

I so miss Cafe Rio....

I told my wife today, the only bad thing about this recipe is that I can only eat 2 delicious tacos before I'm full! I'd love to just eat them all day...

m3ng said...

We keep coming back to this post to get the recipe....we must have made this 3 or 4 times and always freeze the leftovers for more yummy goodness!

Andrea said...

Does anybody know where I can find a recipe to make the Cafe Rio Pinto Beans?

April said...

I'm a little confused. When do you add the saute mixture in the rice recipe? And do you keep boiling it till all the water has evaporated? I would love to make this! I've moved away from Utah and have been craving Cafe Rio!

jacksons said...

Sorry for budding in, but I'm a huge Cafe Rio fan and now live overseas in Switzerland. I was looking for recipes to help me feel like I was at home and found your blog through google.

Your recipes are great! I'd love to get my hands on another recipe. Do you happen to have the steak marinade recipe for the fire grilled steak tacos/burrito?

Steph said...

hey jacksons, if you do get ahold of that recipe for the fire grilled steak, hook me up! leave a comment on my blog!! i'm dying to make that at home, as i have food allergies, and can no longer eat at cafe rio :(

Supergirl or not said...

Does anyone have the cilantro lime vinagrette?

javieth said...

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javieth said...

when i bought my house throught costa rica homes for sale i wanted a great kitchen with a big space to put a big oven. Now i can baking every kind of cakes in there.

Shelley Rampton said...

I made the rice for dinner today and served it with black beans, and all the yummy toppings for a beef/bean/rice burrito- Was delicious!