Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cafe Rio Salad

I know these recipes are "a dime a dozen" but this is the best imitation I've had yet. AMAZING--especially the dressing! I got his recipe from a ward friend, Megan Johnson.

Chili Beans
4-6 cans of black or pinto beans
1 can diced chilies
1 1/2 c. green enchilada sauce
Place all ingredients in a crock-pot, electric skillet or saucepan. Cook 2 hours on low until flavors are mixed.

Cilantro-Lime Rice
1 c. rice
1 tbs. oil
1/3 bunch of cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 chopped onion
2 c. water (or chicken broth - leave out bouillon cubes)
2 bullion cubes
zest of 1 lime
Brown onion & rice in oil in skillet. In blender, place water/stock, bouillon, cilantro, lime zest and salt..blend thoroughly. Add mixture to rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. When rice is cooked, fluff with fork and add the juice of 1 lime.

Cafe Rio Chicken (makes a ton)(I've never made this one but I've tasted it and it's good)
5 lbs chicken (breasts)
2 Tbs. Cumin
2 small bottles of zesty Italian dressing
6 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tbs. Chili powder
Combine all and cook on low all day in crock-pot. Then shred and serve.

Cafe Rio Pork(I've made this a bunch and it turns out great every time)
3 lbs Pork Roast
1 can Coca Cola, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper (I use coke)
Cook all day on low in crock-pot. Drain the juice and add:
1/4 c. BBQ Sauce
1/4-1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 can mild green chillies
3/4 c. Ketchup
1 tsp. Garlic Salt
Mix into shredded pork.

Spicy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing
1 Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Packet
2 Tomatillos (peel off loose skin)
1 clove garlic
1/2-1 small jalapeno pepper (to your taste)
2 c. Mayo
1 1/2 - 2 c. Buttermilk
1/2 Bunch Cilantro (mostly leaves)
2 Tsp. Lime Juice (or more)
Blend all ingredients together in a high blender until it is mixed well. Refrigerate.


citygonecountry said...

I've tried just about every imitation recipe for this salad and this one is by far the best!! Even better than at the restaurant!

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