Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cafe Rio' Dinner

I love Cafe Rio'!
It is a Mexican grill found in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.
I have tried many different mock recipes, this one by far is the best!
It does make quite a lot of food, I almost always make it when we have company over.


Cafe Rio' Dinner
adapted from Becky Higgins

There are 4 parts: the rice, the pork, the tortillas, and the dressing,

Green Chile Rice (Serves 6)

2 cup rice

4 cups chicken broth

8 oz. green chiles

2 sm. onion, diced

2/3 cup fresh cilantro

2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cumin

6 green onions.

Mix together and pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until rice is done at 350.


CAFE RIO PORK
- at least 2 lbs pork roast
-1 (16 oz.) bottle of salsa
-1 can coke (do not use diet)
-2 c. brown sugar

Place pork in crock-pot and fill it half way up with water. Cook roast on high for 5 hours. Drain off water. Cut pork in thirds. Mix together ingredients (salsa, coke, brown sugar) and put on top of pork. Cook an additional 3 hours on high. Shred pork with forks. Leave it on low until ready to serve.

TORTILLAS
you can use regular tortilla, but I recommend to use uncooked tortillas. Check the refrigerated section of your local grocery store or Costco carries them too. Just throw the tortilla in a pan over the stove top, give it a few flips, and it's cooked. Well worth it!


CREAMY TOMATILLA SALAD DRESSING
-1 packet hidden valley ranch buttermilk dressing
-1 c. buttermilk
-1 c. mayo
-2-3 tomatillas (peel off outer leaf/shell) found it the produce sections by the peppers
-1 tsp. crushed garlic
-¾ bunch fresh cilantro
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
juice from 1 lime (about 2 tsp.)
salt & pepper

Blend all ingredients in the blender. Refrigerate.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Of course you can assemble everything burrito-style. I prefer salad-style. For one serving, I first put a tortilla on a plate or a bowl. Then put rice, you can cook some canned black beans, pork, some chopped lettuce, and the dressing. Finally, garnish your salad with shredded cheese, tomatoes, sliced avocados, or whatever you want. Yummy!

3 comments:

Becky said...

this looks great. i really need to try this. what kind of salsa do you use?

Jessica said...

becky, GOOD QUESTION! I don't really have a certain brand of salsa that I use. I just make sure to get MILD and NOT CHUNKY.

annette said...

Jessica, I love the blog!