Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Famous Cafe' Rio Dinner...

I wish I could say I made this one up... but alas... it was given to me by a good friend, which made her an even better friend, because this has become a staple in our home. I'm always in the mood for Cafe' Rio. If you have ever eaten there, you'll know why. :)

Cafe' Rio Pork:
You'll need at least 3 lbs of pork roast (butt :o) or shoulder work best, but I have done it with just about any cut and it works- it does seem that the fattier the better, and bone-in has a little more flavor but you do have to fish them out.)
1 large pork roast
1 cup Worcestershire
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 T. dried minced onions (I actually cut up real ones)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup red enchilada sauce

Sprinkle all ingredients except the last two over roast and cook in a Crockpot on low all day. One hour before serving, shred roast in Crockpot, and add the brown sugar and enchilada sauce- mix well.

Cafe' Rio Lime Rice:
2 cup
4 cups water (That will make about 4-5 cups of rice, if you need more or less the ratio is 1:2)
1-2 tsp chicken bullion
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. dried minced onion pinch of salt
1/2-1 cup chopped cilantro
1 T. lime juice
1 cup green enchilada sauce

Combine first 4 ingredients, cover, and let it come to a boil and turn it down to medium. (Or cook rice however you cook it) When it is done, add the other ingredients, and stir.

Cafe' Rio Black Beans:
3 cans black beans
1 can drained diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced (or garlic salt or powder)
1 tsp cumin
1 T olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 T chopped cilantro

In a sauce pan, heat oil, cumin and garlic. Throw in the rest until warm.

How to make a Cafe' Rio Salad:
One large tortilla or a handful of tortilla chips topped with chopped lettuce, lime rice, black beans, pork, guacamole, chopped cilantro, a lime wedge, cheese, and a lime/ranch dressing.


AmyJo said...

Thanks Lydia! I'm going to make this soon! And I might try the clam chowder tonight!

AmyJo said...

I made it! it turned out really good! Hey, do you have any other ideas for meals to serve to company. Things that are easy to make a lot of? We have some friends coming over and I don't want to make cafe rio again just yet. I made it thinking they were coming, but it fell through and now they are coming in a few days instead.

Leslie said...

okay, so maybe this one I will try this week. I have a cafe rio recipe, but just for the salad dressing, the rest I was always winging it. But now I have the secret ingredients. YES!! I'll have to email you the dressing recipe I have.

Bethany Lawrence said...

3 years later and I'm still making this all the time! One of my all time favorite meals! Thanks Lyd!

Danielle Stoker said...

Hey Lydia,

Just wanted to tell you that your blog has helped me out so much!!
Your amazing and so is your dishes!

Thank You!!!

Danielle Stoker