For those of you who have not been to Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Virginia or Wyoming, then you have yet to try Cafe Rio.

Now, you might have been to one of these states but have not tried Cafe Rio. You need to try it out!

I am NOT kidding!

My husband and I have moved and our closest one is in Northern VA , 17 hours away!

We crave this food.

But I found this recipe, tried it out and it is seriously the best!

We have this once a month!

Doesn't this look yum?

Here's the sweet pork recipe!

2 pounds pork (we like to use boneless pork ribs)
3 cans Coke (NOT diet)
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can sliced green chilies
3/4 can RED enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso brand, medium spiciness)
1 c. brown sugar

Put the pork in a heavy duty Ziploc bag to marinade. Add about a can and a half of coke and about 1/4 c. of brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight.

Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of coke, water, and garlic salt in crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily, but don't let it get TOO dry). Remove pork from crock pot and drain any liquid left in the pot. Shred pork.

In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and remaining brown sugar (about a cup, you can add a little more or less to taste..). If it looks too thick, add more Coke little by little.

Put shredded pork and sauce in crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours. That's it!

Here's the Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe!

1 c. uncooked rice (long-grain, white rice)
1 tsp. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp. lime, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.

I prefer the Cilantro Ranch Dressing, here's the recipe!

1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not BUTTERMILK)
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. buttermilk
2 tomatillos, remove husk, diced
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalepeno (remove the seeds)

Mix all ingredients together in the blender. That's it!

And here is the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe for those who like it!

2 tamatillos
1/2 bunch cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. diced jalepeno (canned) --you can use less if you don't like it spicy at all. I like a little kick.
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 c. balsamic vinaigrette

In a food processor or blender, combine tamatillos, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, and sugar. After it is all blended up well combine with balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).


  1. My husband and I moved away from Utah last fall. Thank you so much! This was always a favorite of ours! And the Tucanos lemonade too? You are a lifesaver. Now we won't be so homesick!

    1. You're welcome! It definitely lightens our homesickness!

  2. Made this yesterday! We loved it! Next time I make a trip out west, I am going to try the real thing, I mean, if it's as good as this, then we will love it!

  3. Thanks for the love chica. We're sorry to hear that you moved so far away, we'll see if we can remedy that for you. Keep up the good work!
    Cafe Rio Corporate

    1. Thanks Stacy! I hope one day there will be one a little closer!


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