Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Homemade Cafe Rio...

If you've ever had the opportunity to get your self to a Cafe Rio... you'll know what i mean when i say....
"They'll be serving this in HEAVEN..."
These recipes are NOTHING like the real thing... but Cafe Rios are only found in Utah...and Dudes, VA has a serious problem with satisfying our Mexican food cravings... so-- we've been forced to take action... Thank you to who ever posted these recipes on the Internet, so now, i can share them with you. (we made the chicken, not sure how the pork tastes! but it sounds good too!)

Cafe Rio Dressing

1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (make per recipe, or substitute bottled ranch dressing)

2 tomatillos (i didn't miss spell tomato. it is an acutal ingredient, google it. and you find it in the produce section)

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 clove garlic

Juice of 1 lime

1 jalapeno (use seeds for extra spicy, or substitute a few drops of green Tabasco for jalapeno)

Use a food processor to blend all ingredients. Refrigerate.


Cafe Rio Rice

4 c. water

4 t. chicken bouillon

4 t. garlic, minced

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 can green chilies

3/4 t. salt

1 T. butter

1/2 onion

2 c. rice

Blend cilantro, green chilie's, and onion together in food processor. Bring water to a boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered 30 minutes.


Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

2 1/2 lbs pork

1/3 c. water

1/8 tsp garlic salt

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 cup green Chile sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 can Dr. Pepper

Put pork, water, garlic salt, salt, pepper in crock pot. Cover and cook on high 4 hours. Drain, shred pork, stir in chili sauce, brown sugar, and Dr. Pepper. Cook for additional 1-2 hrs.


Cafe Rio Chicken

1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing

1 T chili powder

1 T cumin

3 cloves garlic, minced

5 lbs. chicken breast

Cook all together in a crock pot for 4 hours, shred meat and cook 1 additional hour.



Warm grilled tortilla with cheese sprinkled on it

beans (black, Pinto or Kidney)

Rio Rice

Chicken or Pork





Rio Dressing

(other options)

Corn/Hominy Corn




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