Cafe Rio Burritos

My mouth is watering just typing up this recipe today.  If you have never heard of Cafe Rio, it is a fabulous Mexican restaurant.  When I went to college, I probably visited Cafe Rio once week, feasting on their burritos and salads.  Delish!!  But when we moved to Colorado I was missing it terribly!!  Luckily, a friend had given me this recipe to Cafe Rio burritos!  Actually, it was a recipe for just the Cafe Rio salad, but honestly, I love their burritos best!  So I tweaked it a bit to make the burrito version!

This recipe is not hard, but it does take a lot of components and steps during the day.  Definitely start marinading the pork over night for optimal juiciness and flavor.  It is absolutely positively worth the effort!!  One day when my in-laws were visiting, I was going to be gone most of the day.  So I had these burritos cooking throughout the day, so they could help themselves.  I knew it was  a hit because my father-in-law and brothers-in-law ALL consider themselves chefs, and they raved about these burritos.  LOVE this recipe!!

Here is the award-winning recipe for mouth-watering Cafe Rio burritos: (This is a long one, so you can definitely download and print at the end!)

2 pounds of pork
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 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. 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.  (I usually cook on low all day long.)  Remove pork from Crock Pot and drain any liquid left in the pot.  Shred pork.

In a food processor blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce, and brown sugar.
Place shredded pork and sauce in Crock Pot and cook on low for 2 hours.
Cilantro-Lime Rice
1 c. uncooked rice
1 tsp. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15 oz.) chicken broth
1 c. water
1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
3 T. freshly chopped cilantro

In a saucepan, combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp. lime juice, 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 1 T. lime juice, sugar, and cilantro.  Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff rice.
Black Beans
2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/3 c. tomato juice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. freshly-chopped cilantro

In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it.  Add beans, tomato juice, and salt.  Continually stir until heated through.  Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.
Assemble pork, rice, and beans to make your own mouth-watering burrito!

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  1. Tania on the Hill says

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  2. Tania on the Hill says

    Yummy, trying for tomorrows dinner.

  3. April@The 21st Century Housewife says

    Oh my! Those burritos sounds just scrumptious!

  4. I've never heard of Cafe Rio – but anyone who puts Coke with their pork – hey I'm in! This sounds wonderful!

  5. Vicki ~ FL says

    Sounds great and DH would love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. BTW, we live in Colo Springs for 25 yrs before moving to SW Florida and I miss the beauty of that part of the country.

  6. I haven't been to Cafe Rio in ages, but loved it when I ate there. This sounds incredible.

  7. DarcyLee says

    This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jacqueline says

    We love Cafe rio here in Orem and Provo. My daughter is an addict. I have another version, but yours sounds better. I copied it and will give it a try. We make the other version and then buy their dressing for the salad. Yum. Stop by for my first giveaway, a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.

  9. FrouFrouBritches says

    Cilantro and lime together is my FAVEORITE combo. Yum! These wound amazing!

  10. FrouFrouBritches says

    I mean they SOUND amazing! Oops!

  11. Darin and Kali says

    Sounds delish!

  12. Kerry Jane says

    I really really hope that this is at least half as good as Cafe Rio's!! I have a dressing recipe that tastes really good, and is meant to taste like that from Cafe Rio.

    Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
    1 pkg. buttermilk ranch dressing mix
    1 c. mayo
    1/3-1/2 c. buttermilk
    3 tomatillos, husked, washed and cut into quarters
    1 c. fresh cilantro
    ½ t. cayenne pepper
    2 sprinkles cumin
    2-4 drops green Tabasco sauce
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    Juice of one lime (2 T)
    2 T. sugar
    Combine all ingredients in a blender. Buttermilk affects the thickness of dressing. Refrigerate at least one hour.

  13. I love this recipe, it's one of my favorites. I think I will make it this weekend. Thanks for the reminder.

  14. I've never heard of Cafe Rio but this recipe does look delicious!

  15. Yum!! I also miss Cafe Rio so this is so perfect for me!! Thanks.

  16. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    What a GREAT meal. My family would love this. Thanks for linking to TMTT.
    You are one of the winners from last weeks giveaway- Girard's Premium Dressings. I will email you, also. 🙂

  17. Its A Blog Party says

    Sounds great!
    Thanks for linking up!

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