Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bajio and Cafe Rio Recipes

The other day I went to Bajio's for the first time.  I got the Ensalada Bajio Salad with their Grilled Mesquite Lime Chicken.  It was so yummy!  Yesterday I spent almost the whole day online trying to find a copycat recipe for the Lime Chicken.  I didn't come up with anything, so I am going to try to create my own.  But here is what I did find.  I found the Cafe Rio Pork here, the Cafe Rio Salad Dressing here  and the Awesome Bajio Style Chicken here.  They all came from this lady who has alot of other recipes that I may try some day.

Cafe Rio Pork
2-3 pounds pork
Salt & pepper
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups salsa
Season the pork with salt and pepper and place in a crock pot. Pour brown sugar and salsa over the top. Cook on low for 7 hours, or high for 5. Remove pork, trim fat, and shred. Return to crock pot and cook for another 30-60 minutes. Serve with all the fixins for tacos. Yummy!!

-The original recipe called for 1-2 pounds of pork, but I had tons of juice leftover, so have added extra meat.

Awesome Bajio Style Chicken

5 chicken breasts
1/2 cup salsa
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 4oz can diced green chilies
6oz Sprite (1/2 can)

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Return to crock pot and cook 1 more hour. Serve with flour tortillas, lettuce, cheese, black beans, and whatever other taco fixin's your family likes.

-This chicken is not real spicy, so you could add some extra green chilies if you like your food with a little more kick.
-It has a lot of juice, so serve it with a slotted spoon.

Cafe Rio Salad Dressing

1 cup mayo
1 1/2-2 Tbsp. homemade dressing mix (you could use 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix)
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 of a bunch of cilantro with stems chopped off
1/2 - 1 small jalapeno (if you don’t like it spicy, remove the seeds)
1 tsp lime juice
1-2 tomatillos (remove outer papery skin and cut up)
1 garlic clove

Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender.

1 comment:

kristie said...

I have been looking all over for this EXACT recipe. THANK YOU good eats. :)
Just saved you as a favorite.