Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: CopyCat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork


Monday, November 13, 2017

CopyCat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

Slow Cooked Cafe Rio style sweet and spicy Pork Barbacoa perfect for burritos, tacos, enchiladas, burrito bowls and salads.

Today I'm sharing a recipe that's delicious, easy and made in your slow cooker. This is the time of year that I'm always on the look out for new slow cooker recipes. A couple weeks back, I came across a recipe for this CopyCat version of Cafe Roi's Sweet Pork.

I live in Texas so the only pulled pork I usually cook is barbecue pulled pork. When I saw this recipe, I was super excited because it was more of sweet and spicy pulled pork and not our usual barbecue. 

If you're not familiar with Care Rio it's a Mexican style restaurant chain based out west. I've never actually been to the restaurant, but after tasting this recipe I sure wish I could. This Cafe Rio sweet pulled pork was absolutely delicious!!!! If you like sweet and spicy then this recipe is for you.

The original recipe called for a whole can of Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. I only used a couple of the chilies (2-3) and it added just enough kick for us. The heat is easily adjustable depending on how many Chipotle chilies are used, so just experiment to find what works best for your family.

This sweet and spicy pulled pork is 
perfect for burritos, tacos, enchiladas, burrito bowls and salads. My favorite is served in rice bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice, black beans, pico de gallo, avocado slices and Queso fresco cheese. I always make homemade flour tortillas as well. Let's get started on this easy recipe. 

To start heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (you want the pan nice and hot). Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the pork roast.  


Add the pork roast to the hot skillet and sear on both sides before adding to the crock pot. 


Place the seared pork roast and coke in a 6 quart slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 3 hours. Remove Chipotle chilies and shred meat. 


Add the meat to a serving dish and pour as much of the liquid over the pork.


Serve in burritos, tacos, enchiladas, salads or served as burrito bowls 



CopyCat Cafe Rio Sweet & Spicy Pork

Ingredients:
1 - tablespoon olive oil 
1 - 3 lb Pork loin roast
salt and pepper, to taste 
1 - can of regular coke 
1 - (10 oz) mild red enchilada sauce
1 - (10 oz) mild green enchilada sauce 
1/2 - cup water
1 - cup granulated sugar
1/2 - cup brown sugar
2 - cloves garlic, minced
1/4 - teaspoon onion powder
3 - Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (more if you want it really spicy)
dash of cayenne pepper
1 - recipe pico de gallo 

Instructions:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. You want the pan nice and hot. 
Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the pork roast. 

Add the pork roast to the hot skillet and sear on both sides. Place the seared pork roast and coke in a 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

Add the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for 3 hours.


Remove Chipotle chilies and shred meat. Add the meat to a serving dish and pour as much of the liquid over the pork.

Serve in burritos, tacos, enchiladas, salads or served as burrito bowls with rice, black beans, Pico de gallo, Mexican creama or Queso fresco cheese. 


slightly adapted from: Yummy Healthy Easy



Easy Pico de Gallo 

3 - 4 Roma tomatoes, diced 
½ - of a medium onion or one small
2 - 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
cilantro, to taste
juice of one fresh lime
sat and pepper, to taste

Chop jalapenos, tomatoes and onions into a very small pieces (leave seeds in the jalapenos for a hotter pico). Adjust amount of jalapenos to your preferred temperature. 

Chop up however much cilantro you want to use. Remove and discard the long leafless stems before chopping. 

Place all of these ingredients together in a bowl and give it a good stir. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl. Add salt to taste and stir until blended. 

Refrigerate at least one hour before using. 


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10 comments:

GiGi Eats Celebrities said... #

I love proving to myself that I can do copycat recipes and actually legit make them taste the same as a restaurant!!! This means I can save money and cook at home WAY more often!!

Jenn said... #

I love sweet and sour pork, it's one of my favorite things to eat when we go out. I've never thought to make it myself. This looks fabulous.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said... #

I would definitely like to make this. It would pair with my pico de gallo recipe so well. I like making things like this for quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Fashion Beyond Forty said... #

Thank you SO much for this Cafe Rio copy cat recipe! This looks so dang good and we do not have a cafe rios near us! Although a drive to Texas may be worth it for this!! I LOVE pulled pork and being in Kansas we usually do BBQ as well but I LOVE TexMex food!! Totally making this!

Shelley King said... #

I have never heard of Cafe Rio but i am excited about this recipe. I have a red meat allergy and it is tough to really find new interesting recipes. I usually am eating the same things over and over. Excited to try it.

Alison Rost said... #

I have had a slow cooker for the longest time, but only use it once a year. Every meal I make with it is fabulous, though. My neighbor passed along a nearly new one to me this week (probably because I'm the only food blogger in the neighborhood) and I think your recipe will be the perfect initiation meal for it! x

LaToyia Dennis said... #

I dont eat pork anymore but this looks tasty. Ill try it with turkey. That’ll be good too huh?

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy said... #

I always sear my meat before I put it in the crockpot too! It's so much better that way. Pork tacos are my husband's favorite! I should make some of these this week. The burrito bowls sound delicious too!

Censie Sawyer said... #

WE love eating at Cafe Rio. This recipe looks great for a nice dinner in with the family. I will be adding this recipe to our meal plan. I think my kids would really like it and I know my husband would.

Crystal VanTassel-Lopez said... #

I have made Cafe Rio twice. Your version looks easier and sounds delish! I love the pico you made to go with it. Can't wait to try it!