Tuesday, May 29, 2012

*UPDATED* Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
1 pkt Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 c [light] mayonnaise
1 c buttermilk*
2 tomatillos, husk removed
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno (seeds and ribs optional)

1. Blend all ingredients in blender and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
*If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1 c milk with 1 T vinegar (or lime juice), stir well and let sit for a minute.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cafe Rio Black Beans

Cafe Rio Black Beans
2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t ground cumin
1- 15.25 oz can black beans
1 1/2 t salt
2 T fresh chopped cilantro

1. In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes; add beans and salt.
2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through; stir in cilantro just before serving.

[I didn't get a picture of the beans, but...they look a lot like black beans with cilantro in them. If yours looks like that, you have a winner!]

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

*UPDATED* Cafe Rio Cilantro-Lime Rice

Cafe Rio Cilantro-Lime Rice
1 c white rice
1 t butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, zested and juiced
1- 15 oz can chicken broth
3/4 cup water
2 t sugar
3 T fresh chopped cilantro

1. In a medium saucepan, combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 teaspoon lime juice, chicken broth, and water.
2. Bring to a boil; turn down to low, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender; remove from heat.
3. In a small bowl, combine remaining tablespoon lime juice, zest, sugar, and cilantro; stir in to rice and serve warm.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cafe Rio Pork

Like any good pork dish, the name of the game is low and slow.

Cafe Rio Pork
5-6 lb pork roast
20 oz Dr Pepper or Coca-Cola (do not use diet soda)
1 c brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
7 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
6-8 oz jar red taco sauce
1 t dry mustard
1 t cumin
1/4 t cayenne pepper

1. Place roast in slow cooker, cover about halfway with water, and cook on low for 12 hours, or overnight; drain pork.
2. Mix remaining ingredients until the sugar is dissolved; pour over roast and cook on low for 4 hours.
3. Shred pork, add back into sauce, and cook for another 2 hours.
*You can just use the sauce, or you can use the sauce and up to all of the chiles if you would like some more heat (I throw the whole can in).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cafe Rio Chicken

I found some better recipes for the Cafe Rio components that I love, so this month is Cafe Rio month here on the blog. Enjoy!

Cafe Rio Chicken (feel free to halve recipe - I do, unless I'm feeding an army that night)

1- 8 oz bottle Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
1 T cumin
1 T chili powder
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 lb chicken breast (about 10-12 breasts)

1. Put all ingredients into slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours; shred chicken* 1 hour before serving.
*Tip: to shred, place all chicken in Kitchenaid and use paddle on low.