Saturday, August 25, 2007


So I know I've already posted this on my family blog, but since most of you are new to me, I thought I'd post it again. Here are the recipes for Cafe Rio/Costa Vida food. I make this, and then you can buy the dressing from there, and also get your own uncooked tortillas from Costco or wherever. Enjoy.

Café Rio Pork
3 lb. pork roast
16 oz. salsa
1 can of Coca Cola
2 cups brown sugar

Fill your crock pot with just the roast, and fill it half way with just the water.
Cook on high for 5 hours.
Take the pork out after the 5 hours, and drain the liquid.
Cut the roast into 3 or 4 sections and place back into the crock pot.
Puree the salsa in the blender and transfer to a bowl.
Add the Coke and brown sugar and mix.
Pour over the roast and cook on high for 3 more hours.
Shred with a fork.

My recommendations:

I also added ½ pack of fajita seasoning, 1 can green chilies, and about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning during the last hour of cooking. Also, when it was done cooking, I drained out all the liquid and reduced it in a saucepan so it was thicker. With my additions, it tasted AMAZING!

Also, here's the recipe for the dressing, rice, chicken, and homemade tortillas:

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch
1 cup mayo
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tomatillos - peel off paper, chop
1/3 - 1/2 cups buttermilk, to consistency you want
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Put in blender and mix.

Homemade tortillas
3 C. flour
1/2 C. veggie or olive oil
1 1/8 C. luke warm water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix all ingredients and knead. If too hard to knead, add a little water but if too sticky add a little more flour. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Makes about 12 small balls. Flatten each by rolling them out and then cook them in a frying pan.**I usually have 2 frying pans going at once so they all get cooked faster

Café Rio Rice
3 c water
4 t chicken bouillon
4 t garlic –minced
½ bunch cilantro
1 can green chiles—or equivalent fresh
¾ t salt
1 T butter
½ onion
3 c rice (see note)

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

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.


Marilee said...

Shan, you are a god send. How did you get these recipes? I don't want you to get sued??? Thanks! Can't wait to try them at home, espeically with your additions!!Yum!!!

Kacey said...

HOW did you get these! I think I could drink their creamy house dressing..thanks for the recipes. Perfect timing too...I know what I'm gonna make for Sunday dinner!

Jocelyn said...

I'm making that RIGHT AWAY. My mouth seriously started watering as I read this post. Thanks Sharn!

Alysha said...

My friend was just asking me what she should make for bunko, This would be perfect. You're so awesome!

shannon said...

i found these on the hopefully i won't get sued? i know mandy has a good recipe for the dressing also. what i really want is Bajio's sweet vinagrette dressing...that would be a find! we are making the pork as i speak up at my in-laws in Idaho! yummy

Yvette said...

Thanks for those recipies. Think of all the money we could save if we just make it ourselves...

Julie said...

Nice. The day I start I Weight Watchers is the day you post this. SUCK!

angie j. said...

Thanks Sharn - I just gained 12 lbs. just reading that!! Sounds good. Are you coming to visit me? If you are, we're TOTALLY making this.

Claudine said...

WShat I would really like is the recipe for Bajios sweeet onions. Anyone?