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Cafe Rio inspired recipes, cilantro lime rice, cilantro dressing and sweet pork with Coke
Here at My 3 Monsters we (and by we I mean I) aim to please. My good friend, Aryn, asked for more recipes and I just so happen to have a few new ones to share. I know what a big Cafe Rio fan you are, Aryn, so I hand picked these just for you. Having never actually eaten there, I'm not sure how these compare to the original, but we LOVE them.  I'm not even sure how these are served at Cafe Rio -- we just pile them all in a bowl and chow down. My mouth is watering at the thought. Here you go!

Cafe Rio Lime Rice

  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. lime zest
  • 2 C. rice (not minute rice)
  • 4Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

Combine butter, garlic, chicken broth, lime zest and rice in a medium sized pan and bring to boil.  Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro.  When rice is finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in cilantro mixture. 

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

  • 3 lbs. Pork Roast or Pork Shoulder for Carnitas
  • 1/2 jar salsa {can blend in a blender or food processor to remove chunks, but I usually don't}
  • 1 can Coke

Place all ingredients in crock pot on low for about 6 hours. Take meat out and shred. Return to sauce in crock pot and leave on low. Serve with lime rice.

Cafe Rio Dressing

  • 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
  • 1 C. mayo
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 1 C. Herdez Salsa Verde

Blend in blender until smooth. Allow to chill for at least an hour to set up.

Cafe Rio inspired recipes, cilantro lime rice, cilantro dressing and sweet pork with Coke

There you have it. Enjoy! You know what I'll be eating this week. Check in tomorrow, folks.


  1. I am all over this. I have seen these recipes (well, not the rice) pop up here and there, but I've never copied them down and actually tried them. But you posted recipes. Just for me!!

    You rock my world, Amy Hughes Gregson.

  2. p.s. I know your sister's in my stake, and the Cafe Rio is so very nearby. I am stunned and disappointed that she has never taken you there.

  3. p.s.s. (responding to your title): I'd like a handsome man upon whose face I can gnaw for an hour or two. Come on, now. I know Brent has friends...

    Was that too inappropriate for your family blog?

  4. Are you into younger men?? We've been tossing around the idea of you and Brent's (quite handsome) baby brother. Or if you really want to rob the cradle, mine . . .


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