This is a mock Cafe Rio Salad. I did tinker with it a bit but the recipe below is as given to me. Our Relief Society made this last Saturday night for the womens broadcast dinner and yummers! TOTALLY! Now that we are 1000 miles away from the nearest Cafe Rio (Cafe Rico) this totally hit the spot! Now if I can just figure out the queso???
Café Rico Pork
5-6 lb Pork roast
1 Tbs cumin
1 cup brown sugar
12 oz bottle La Victoria Taco Sauce
20 oz bottle coke
Cook roast on low for 12 hours in Crock Pot with water covering half the roast. After 12 hours, drain water off roast and add remaining ingredients. Continue cooking 4 hrs. Then shred the meat and cook for 2 hours more. You can also cook your roast in the oven oven at night and cook at 220 degrees 8-12 hours. Drain, shred and add all other ingredients. Put in Crock Pot for about 2-3 hours to blend flavors.
Café Rico Chicken
1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
1 Tbs. chili powder
1 Tbs. cumin
3 cloves garlic
1/4 C Brown Sugar
5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
Pour all ingredients in crock-pot on low for 4 hours. Shred meat and cook for 1 hr more.
Café Rico Creamy Ranch dressing
1 pkg. dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic
3 tomatillos (peel off paper skins)
1/3 cup buttermilk
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 C Vinegar
(More or less as desired)
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Café Rico Rice
* blend together in a small food processor
2 tsp garlic
½ bunch cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 can green chilies
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs butter
1/4 chopped onion
2 bouillon cubes
Blend all ingredients in blender then put in pan and add 3 cups water, bring to a boil add 1 1/2 cups rice, simmer covered 25 - 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Do not use the Japanese sticky rice, it gets TOO sticky. It works much better with plain old rice. Do not over cook.
Place a tortilla shell on a plate; add rice and beans, meat (pork or chicken), shredded lettuce, cheese, and tortilla strips. Serve with guacamole, Café Rcio Dressing, and Pico de Gallo.