Saturday, August 9, 2008

If you like Cafe Rio, you will love this!

I am so excited! My first recipe post. Since it is my first one I had to make it a good one. I love Cafe Rio, but indulging just isn't in the budget sometimes so here are some recipes that make it seem like you have just stepped into a Cafe Rio (minus the waiting in line forever while you are hungry.) You can either cook the chicken or the pork (depending what you like or are in the mood for.) You can use the meat of your choice on a salad or tortilla with black beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese, tomatoes, and some fresh lime juice. Enjoy!

Tomatillo Dressing
1 pkg of Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing dry mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tomatillos, peel (can get them fresh in the produce section or canned in the Mexican food section)
½ clove garlic, minced
½ bunched cilantro, chopped
½ tsp lime juice
½ small Jalapeno, seeds removed

Blend ingredients together in a blender. Add additional mayonnaise if dressing is too thin. Keep refrigerated.

5 lbs Chicken Breast – boneless, skinless
1 small bottle Zesty Italian Dressing
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients together in a large crock pot. Cook on high for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred with fork. Reserve a small amount of juice and pour over shredded chicken to keep moist. Keep warm.

Pork Roast
1 bottle of honey barbecue sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1 liter of Coke

Place all ingredients in large crock pot and cook on low all night. In the morning take the roast out leaving the juice in the crock pot, shred the roast. Then place the shredded roast back in the crock pot and leave it on low.

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