Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Burrito & Salad Copycat Recipe

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Cafe rio sweet pork recipe

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Burrito Recipe

The Cafe Rio sweet pork recipe is a complete mystery, it’s filled with secret spices and everything. However, this copycat recipe tastes almost identical to it! So juicy and flavorful, and just as addicting.

So, if you love Cafe Rio pork so much that you wish you could make it at home, here’s your chance. We’re going to show you how to make a burrito and a salad version, and we bet you’ll love both.

Cafe rio sweet pork recipe

Preparing the Meat:

This Rio Cafe sweet pork is easy to prepare. Simply place your pork in the crock-pot, add all the other ingredients (found below), and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

About an hour before the pork is done, shred it.

Cafe rio pork recipe

Preparing the Rice:

  1. Put 3 cups of water on high heat to boil.
  2. Add butter and bouillon.
  3. Add the remaining “rice” ingredients.
  4. Once your water boils, add your rice.
  5. Cover and reduce heat to low, then cook on low for 20 minutes.

Since we usually have some extra rice, we usually serve some of it on the side as well.

Cafe rio burrito

Rolling Your Cafe Rio Burritos:

Once your meat and rice are hot and ready to serve, it’s time to start assembling your burritos. Start with a layer of pork, then rice, then beans, and then sprinkle on some shredded cheese.

After that, roll up your tortilla and place it seam side down so it stays together. Then, cover it with enchilada sauce and sprinkle on some more shredded cheese.

Your Cafe Rio burrito is now ready for the oven! Bake it at 350° until heated through.

Note: Sometimes I like to put all the ingredients out and have my guests assemble their own burritos and we skip the baking with enchilada sauce

Cafe rio sweet pork burritos

Preparing the Dressing 

  1. In your blender add milk and mayo.
  2. Take your cilantro off the stems and cut slightly, add cilantro and remaining ingredients to the blender.
  3. Mix until smooth.

Notes: If you do not have a blender you can mix by hand, but make sure to finely chop your cilantro first. If you add tomatillos chop them very fine.

Cafe rio sweet pork salad

Sweet Pork Salad: 

I also like to make a salad out of mine. I use a warm tortilla and layer with pork, cheese, beans, rice, guacamole, salsa, chips lettuce and cilantro dressing. It’s really tasty!

Note: I have corn tortillas pictured in this post. Both flour and corn are good. If you choose corn I like to slightly soften the tortillas slightly cooking on each side in hot vegetable oil before rolling.

How to Freeze this Cafe Rio Pork Recipe

You can easily freeze this Cafe Rio pork for later. It is a fantastic freezer meal!

To Prepare Meat for Freezing:

  1. Place pork in the crockpot.
  2. Then add all ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Shred pork with about an hour left to cook.
  5. Once done, let cool and place in freezer bags for storage.

To Prepare After Freezing:

  1. Thaw and heat meat.
  2. Prepare Rice as described above.
  3. Prepare the rest just as described below.

Enjoy Your Homemade Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Burrito!

Since this is a copycat recipe, we’d love to get your opinions: do you think this sweet pork tastes better or worse than the Cafe Rio sweet pork?

Also, which do you prefer, a salad or a burrito? Let me know!

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Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Burrito & Salad Copycat Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes | Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Yield: 6 lbs | Serves: 8-10

Ingredients

  • Meat

  • 3 lbs Pork Roast
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • Rice

  • 3 c. rice
  • 3 c. water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 2 garlic cloves-minced
  • 1 can diced green chili's
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Dressing

  • 2 cups prepared Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 small tomatillos {Optional, these enhance the dressing, but if you do not have them on hand you can go without and the dressing still turns out fab}
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • Additional Ingredients Needed

  • 1 can black or pinto beans
  • 1 can red/green enchilada sauce {your preference, I prefer green}
  • 2 c. Mexican style cheese
  • 1 Package Large Tortillas
  • And guacamole

Instructions

  1. To Prepare Meat

  2. Place pork in the crock pot.
  3. Then add all ingredients.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Shred pork with about an hour left to cook.
  6. To Prepare Rice

  7. Put 3 cups on water on high heat to boil.
  8. Add butter and bouillon.
  9. Then add remaining "rice" ingredients.
  10. Once you water boils add rice.
  11. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  12. Cook on low for 20 minutes.
  13. Rice makes a lot.
  14. We usually serve some of it on the side as well.
  15. Rolling Burritos

  16. Once meat and rice are hot and ready, layer burritos on a tortilla.
  17. One layer of pork, then rice, then beans and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  18. Wrap your tortilla and place seam side down.
  19. Cover with enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
  20. Bake at 350° until heated through.
  21. Sometimes I like to put all the ingredients out and have my guests assemble their own burritos and we skip the baking with enchilada sauce.
  22. To Prepare Dressing

  23. In your blender add milk and mayo.
  24. Take your cilantro off the stems and cut slightly, add cilantro and remaining ingredients to the blender.
  25. Mix until smooth.
  26. If you do not have a blender you can mix by hand but finely chop your cilantro first.
  27. If you add tomotillos chop them very fine.
  28. Sweet Pork Salad

  29. I also like to make a salad out of mine.
  30. I use a warm tortilla and layer with pork, cheese, beans, rice, guacamole, salsa, chips lettuce and cilantro dressing.
Ingredients: Beans, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cheese, Mayonnaise, Milk, Pork, Rice, Salsa, Tortillas
Meal Type: Main Dish, Salads, Father's Day, Mother's Day
Categories: Copycat, Meat and Poultry, Mexican, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Slow Cooker

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