Wednesday, May 14, 2008


A few weeks ago we had a mother daughter dinner for Acheivement days. One of my friends had the recipe for sweet pork, cilantro lime rice, and the know the dressing...all from Cafe Rio.

We tried to make it on Mothers day, and it was a success.

So I made it tonight for Bunco, and promised to share the recipes, so here you go. For all you out of staters that miss your Cafe Rio, I hope this helps you get your fix.

Sweet Pork
1 pork roast
1 can of coke

1 bottle of red taco sauce, I had never heard of this but it was by the enchilada sauce. It comes in medium and mild.
1 cup of brown sugar

Put the roast in the crockpot and fill the crockpot 1/3 full of water. Put on low overnight. In the morning the roast should be tender and you should be able to shred it with a fork.

In a bowl add coke, red taco sauce, and brown sugar to blend. pour over roast and let simmer all day. It thickens up much better if you leave the lid off.

I doubled this recipe tonight and it made oodles of pork. I bet I could have only used one.

Cilantro lime rice (my favorite)

Cook your rice in chicken broth and lime zest. I used a whole bag of rice, 3 cans of broth and the zest of 2 limes. After the rice is cooked chop up some cilantro and mix through.

Easy as pie.

Dressing. mmmmmm.

1 cup mayo
1 package dry buttermilk ranch
2 tomatillos
1 jalepeno (I take most of the seeds out so it isn't too hot)
1/2 bunch cilantro
a dash of lime juice

Mix it together in your blender or food processor and enjoy. I tripled the recipe tonight and it is almost gone.

I served it in these, but I know that you can buy those same containers they use at Cafe Rio at the grocery store, and layer a tortilla inside it and that would work great.

Serve it with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, cilantro, and a lime wedge, and it really tastes just like Cafe Rio. It is delicious!


Troy and Cami said...

im so mad i couldn't come tonight and play bunko with you, especially after seeing that yummy looking food, and especially after we lost our game(yes, im still pissed about losing) but the funny part is I played against melissa wall stokes, so that was sort of fun exept i wasn't very nice afterwards, i really need to call her and apologize. anyway maybe next time.

Cody & Ashley Godfrey said...


Amber Culp said...

You are my hero! I have a craving for Cafe Rio daily, and now I don't have to wait until I am in Utah to eat it. Yippee. Love it! p.s. I want a private invite,

Natelli Johnston said...

I got this recipe a while ago, but have not tried it yet. I love that sweet pork!

Hiatts said...

yay! I can't wait to try it thanks for the recipe.

Bre said...

it was delicious!! cant wait to try it at home and have it again!!!

Letti said...

Thanks for posting thses recipes you make it look easy enough for me to

Georgia said...

Hello Hayley, this is Georgia Powasnik. I am Noell's sister and she has got me reading your blog and I think you and your family are just the sweetest!. I saw that you were going private, and would love an invite. My email is Have a wonderful day.

Morrell's said...

It was excellent! You never cease to amaze me girl! You house was so dang cute too. Love the new paint! I will have to make this recipe for my fam! Thanks

laci said...

not fair! not only that I couldn't come but I missed cafe rio night!?? I am definitely going to have to try that recipe out here, I just don't know if I know what to do with the rice. I'm dumb, yep. Hope everything went as good as possible on the thursday. you know.

Kristen said...

Now this is something that I'm going to attempt to make! I love Cafe Rio. Thanks for sharing those recipes.

Anonymous said...

i can't wait to try this! i'm going to serve it to our youth leaders! they will love YOU! me too! (this is hannah by the way)

Courtney McKay said...

That looks awesome!! You are such a good little host!! I bet everyone loved it! It's making me hungry looking at it!!

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for these from you....Thanks a bunch . I'm excited to try them. I am still getting lots of compliments on my hair. But I think I want it shorter in the back..Why didn't you do it shorter?!!!!Love ya Sue

Hayley said...


Funny. I knew you would want it shorter! It really looks super cute.