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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cafe Rio Pork Salad

I know this is old school, but there are about a million recipes out there for Cafe Rio Pork Salad, don't you think? And the honest truth is, some are just plain terrible! I have found this recipe to be my favorite! I am HOPING this will be the beginning of lots of yummy recipes I can share. I have found some good ones!

First, you have to make the LIME-CILANTRO RICE
2 T oil
4 C long grain rice (6 c. water)
1 bunch finely chopped cilantro
juice of 2 limes
2 t crushed garlic
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add rice, cilantro, and garlic. Saute 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add water and lime juice and bring to boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice (about 20 minutes). You can also use a rice cooker if you have one.  I use the rice cooker, just throw it all in there and it is great!

Now for the pork...
1 (16 oz.) bottle of salsa  I like to use Pace Picante.  I don't know why, this is the only time I ever even eat it!
1 can coke
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.
**TIP: For some reason, Pork stinks when it is first cooking (in my opinion anyway).  I just plug this little crock pot into my garage and voila!  NO MORE STINKY!  :)

I don't have a recipe for the dressing I can swear by.  I just go to Cafe Rio and buy the dressing from them. You can get it in bulk.  If anyone has one they like, share it with us!  I just have always been to lazy.

You can get the tortilla strips in the Produce department in your grocery store and I suggest you buy the uncooked tortilla shells to use as well.  You also will want to make or get guacamole and a bunch of cilantro and lettuce of course to complete the salad!

They are sooo yummy.  For the dish, I have either bought them empty from Cafe Rio or used disposable pie tins.  My kids love it!
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1 comment:

The Moorhouses said...

I use this recipe for both the pork and the dressing. The pork recipe is a little more involved than yours, but it is soooooooo good. I also think the dressing is super delicious.
http://heidikins.com/2008/08/29/whippin-it-up-cafe-rio-pork-barbacoa-salad-with-tomatillo-dressing/