Monday, December 17, 2007

Cafe Rio Shredded Pork Salad with Ranch Dressing

OK, I had not been to Cafe Rio until 6 month ago and the food indeed is yummy. My friend gave me this recipe which she got hand me down from all over Utah and she promised that this is the exact recipe for their Shredded Pork Salad with the green dressing. Real copy or not, this is divine. Enjoy!


Night Before:

3 ½ to 4 lb. Pork Roast
2 Tbs Brown sugar
1 to 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt

Mix together and rub on pork roast. Put in crock pot on low. Cook all night.

Next morning, add:
1 can coke
1 cup chicken stock
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped

Keep cooking all day in crock pot on Low.

About an hour before serving, shred roast and add:

1 cup brown sugar

Salad Dressing:

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing Mix
8 oz. can Salsa Verde
2 cloves garlic
¾ cup Mayo
¾ cup sour cream
¼ tsp Tabasco Sauce
¼- ½ cup fresh cilantro

Mix in blender. Add lime juice to taste. Mix ahead of time and chill it for several hours. It can be thinned with buttermilk if needed.

I serve this over Shredded Lettuce and crunched up tortilla chips and top with beans, pork, dressing, cheese. The dressing makes a ton.... Yum


The Queen Bees Book Club said...

What a great Blog (and the recipes, too)! Your title also caught my eye. I stumbled on to your site when looking for a recipe picture. I recently started a Blog for a book discussion group and put your Blog on our list of "Places to Visit". I only put a recipe or two a month on our blog just for a little of this and that. So, thanks for sharing !

Hayley said...

Wow this is fabulous. I have never been to Cafe Rio. Tasting this makes me want to go.

emily said...

April J....hey there. My name is Emily and I knew your husband in high school! He and my cousin Staci were good friends. Anyway, I was perusing your blog (from a link on hers) and noticed you were on the hunt for a good sugar cookie recipe. I have one, but I wasn't sure where to put it (it just didn't seem appropriate to put after your tribute to your grandpa and I wasn't sure if you'd check comments on old posts). I saw a recipe exchange link and came to this. Anyway, if you are interested in it (it's the best and it does include sour cream!) email me at or reply to this and let me know where to put it!

In this exchange, are you all friends? I, too, love to find good recipes, so if you're in need of a new member, let me know!:)

The Queen Bees Book Club said...

I also have a great sugar cookie recipe, is on my bookclub blog for December. It has Eagle brand milk in it ... the cookies always stay soft. Kim ...

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to try this recipe!!!! I hope it tastes even close to the cafe rio dressing...yummy! Thanks!

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