Thursday, September 20, 2012

homemade cafe rio

what do you do when there's no cafe rio where you live??
...make it yourself! after visiting home last week and having lots
of cafe rio, we were in need of some this week. it turned out amazing!
**thanks whit for the recipe!
you won't believe how easy this is and how much it tastes like the real thing...
the ingredients are surprising, but apparently cafe rio uses them too! also, it's made
in a crock pot so it couldn't be easier...so nice to come home to it all ready!
the recipe is below:
                       cafe rio sweet pork
1 cup salsa
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sprite or coke (not diet)
3 pounds pork tenderloins, pork loin or other pork roast
---Stir together salsa, brown sugar, and soda. Pour over pork in a crockpot. 
Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred meat for serving. 
*i half this recipe when i'm cooking for just husband & i**

cilantro lime rice
3 cups cooked white rice (1.5 cups uncooked)
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1.5 tablespoons lime juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
---Pulse cilantro, onions, lime juice, salt & oil in blender, scraping down sides as needed until combined. Fold mixture into warm rice.
we paired this with pinto beans, avocados, and corn tortillas
...and, we found this amazing horchata to top it off!
husband couldn't be happier with this meal. 
you'll have leftovers, so save them for pork quesadillas the next day!
we ended our yummy meal with diet coke brownies..
what?! who knew you could take a box of brownie mix,
pour a can of diet coke in, bake it, and you'll get brownies with 
no eggs/oil? we had a random diet coke can from our flight
this weekend and since i don't like drinking it, i thought why
not try this crazy idea i'd heard about? it works! good to know
for those days when you don't have all the ingredients!

hope you can make one (or both) of these recipes!
XO

have you ever been to cafe rio?
what's another cooking substitute you've used?
what have you cooked this week?

32 comments:

  1. The diet coke brownies is so crazy...who knew?? Did it come out good? I don't actually drink diet soda. Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my blog. Following back!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Sept. Group Giveaway!

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    1. yes they came out great! i was surprised..i don't ever drink diet soda, so it was a good way to get rid of the can we had in our fridge! xo

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  2. Sometimes I think I could kill for cafe rio! And the line dressing:) man that just puts a smile in my face

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    1. haha so glad we have that in common!

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  3. YES! The recipe I've been waiting for!! Can't wait to try it! love you.

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  4. This is definitely a popular recipe in my family! So delicious. Except don't hate, don't hate...I actually like Costa Vida better. After being to each about 78 times, I think I like it. except this sweet pork...oh goody good.

    Amanda @ weandserendipity

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  5. Looks delicious!
    Love the blog :)

    wordsfromdusti.blogspot.com

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  6. THIS WAS IN MY DREAM LAST NIGHT AFTER SEEING YOUR INSTAGRAM!!! LOOKS DELICIOUS!!

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog is quite adorable if I do say so myself. That recipe looks amazing. My hubby is coming home tonight after being away for a month...all I can think about making are cakes and cookies!

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  8. We have Cafe Rio in Arizona and I've had it in Utah. I also like Costa Vida which I hear is now in Utah, did you ever try that before you moved? If so, how did you like it. Thanks for the recipes, I have been wanting to make this. I made a Diet Coke sheet cake...so good. It's on my dessert board on Pinterest if you want to try that...if you like Texas sheet cake you'll love it. I have substituted applesauce for oil and plain yogurt for sour cream. Worked good. The last thing I cooked this week was for our taco salads. Thanks for the comment. :)

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    1. yes i love both! i think cafe rio just has the better tortilla but costa vida is great too. i will look up your pinterest recipe because that sounds amazing..we LOVE texas sheet cake! i have done yogurt instead of sour cream, but i need to try the applesauce for oil-- did that one turn out?

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  9. I've been to Cafe Rio once and it was amazing. All the people here who are originally from out west alwayyyssss talk about it!

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  10. I've never been to Cafe Rio, but have heard it's quite amazing.
    The cilantro lime rice from Chipotle is one of my favorites, I wonder if this recipe compares?

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  11. sorry i cant see you in my gfc followers! can you make sure you followed? thanks :) http://xxxloveisbeautyxxx.blogspot.ie/

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  12. followed you back :) http://xxxloveisbeautyxxx.blogspot.ie/

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  13. All I can say is YUM! Now following you:)
    Ashley

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  14. I don't know what Cafe Rio is but now I want to try it! You're making me hungry girl! Oh and I really need to try these Diet Coke brownies. They sound amazing. Love your blog, following you back <3

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

    Enter to win my Benefit cosmetics giveaway!

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    1. they have it in southern california now in a few locations so look it up! love your blog too XO

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  15. Never heard of Cafe Rio. :) In my defense I live in Trinidad so we don't have the same foods like the States. It sounds delish though...so gotta try it. :)

    Thanks for coming by. Following you back.
    Tami
    http://www.thethingswefindinside.com/

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  16. i have one near me and have never been! i must try it now :)
    p.s. i'm your newest follower :)

    xo brie
    www.sophistifunkblog.com

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    1. oh you HAVE to try it! take advantage of having one near you!! have a pork salad for me :) following you back! Xo

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  17. I HAVE to make this one day!! I so miss their salads. Mmm mmm Good!!!

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    1. yes you have to! once you've had rio in your life, you can't live without it! where do you live now?

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  18. my husband and i make what we call chipotle bowls because i have never heard of cafe rio, are they similar places?? your cilantro lime rice sounds amazing

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    1. yum those sound so good! chipotle & cafe rio are semi-similar, but rio is probably a little more unique...you have to try it sometime!

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  19. This looks so yummy! No wonder you had to get that recipe for yourself :)

    lifeatruestory4.blogspot.com

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  20. My bro's fam LOVE cafe rio. I enjoy it, but I'll admit like asian & italian better than mexican (not a big cilantro fan). Made a yummy salmon steak w/ almond shreddings on top & smothered it in olive oil. (I love cooking w/ olive oil). Only added salt! Simple & easy, tastes great. Would probably be tastier w/ some kind of tarter sauce on the side & a dash of lemon, but enjoyed it nevertheless. Unless I'm preparing food for others, I'm a very simple eater, but I do like to cook. Your Mom looks like an amazing baker! The peach pie looked delectable!! Have a Wonderful Weekend . . .

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    1. the salmon steak sounds amazing! we love cafe rio so much but italian is also a favorite. hope you had a great weekend!

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