Friday, 5 August 2011

Cafe rio made easier!

So I am just in the car on the way to Debden SK. For a family reunion. Its a long drive so i thought I would blog about some of my favorite food that I make. Cafe Rio Pork Salad. Originally I had been using a copycat recipe online and after making it way too many time, I've come up with how to make the recipe easier, healthier, and yummier! The recipe I had used called for almost three cups of brown sugar. That's more than I put in a batch of cookies. So I thought I could add the flavor by not using that much sugar. Here is what I do.

Get two pounds of shoulder roast (but depending on how many people you are cooking for, we just use two and we eat three times). You put it frozen in a crock pot on low for four hours and pour on a half a package of fajita mix, one cup of salsa, and some lemon pepper. Put about a half a cup of water in the bottom of the pot and four tablespoons of oil. Make sure not to overcook, and shred it.

After its shredded, in a blender mix one can of green chillies, one cup salsa, one can coke, and one cup brown sugar. Poir this over the pork and let it sit on warm for a few hours. The pork will soak up all the juices. Then serve.

As for all the other things that go with cafe rio, here are the recipes.

Cilantro lime ranch
One cup hidden valley ranch
One bunch of cilantro
One lime squeezed
Two cloves of garlic
One cup buttermilk
Half a jalapeno (depending on how spicy you like it)
Blend all of this together in a mixer and let it sit in the fridge before serving.

Cilantro-black beans
One can black beans strained
Three tablespoons of cilantro chopped
Half a cup salsa
2 tablespoons lime
Let this boil and serve

Cilantro lime rice
2 cups minute rice
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
Half a bunch of cilantro chopped
3 tbsp lime.
A pinch of salt
Put all of this in your rice cooker and serve.

Pico de gallo
3 large tomatoes chopped (get rid of the seeds)
1 onion chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped
Pinch of salt
Put all of this together and mix it in a bowl, let it sit in the fridge before serving.

Warm up tortillas, put your rice, beans then pork. Put lettuce, tortilla chips and your cilantro ranch and pico de gallo on top and you are done! After making this about thirty times, this is the tastiest and easiest way of doing it. You can also make a large batch and put it in the freezer. It works great. All you do is when you take it out, throw it in the crock pot on warm or low. Dont put it on low for too long otherwise it overcooks your pork. There you have it!

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