Cafe Rio Sweet Pork & Creamy Cilantro Dressing
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This copycat recipe for Cafe Rio sweet pork tacos will become your new favorite. Warning: the creamy cilantro dressing is as addictive as crack cocaine.
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
  • 3 lb pork roast
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 1¼ to 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Creamy Cilantro Dressing
  • 2 T salsa verde
  • ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 pkg buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ to ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ bunch cilantro (with stems)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Lime juice from 1 lime
  1. Saute onion and garlic in butter. Place roast in crock pot and cover with onion. Cook about 3 hours on high (or low equivalent).
  2. Drain liquid and save in fridge; shred pork. Add the soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper and cook an additional 2 hours on high (or low equivalent).
  3. Skim off fat from reserved liquid and add liquid to pork (to taste).
  4. Serve on tortillas with Zataran's Black Beans & Rice, cheese, pico de gallo...whatever you like! I used lettuce, shredded cheese and fresh tomatoes from our garden. Top it with creamy cilantro dressing.
  1. Add ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Chill 1 hour (if you can wait that long).
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