Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad

3-4 lbs. pork (can be roast, tenderloin, etc.)

12 oz. canned tomato sauce
1 (8oz) can El Pato
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. water

Mix sauce ingredients and pour over pork in slow cooker. Cook on low for one night and half a day. One hour before serving, shred meat and put back in slow cooker in sauce. Can keep on warm for several hours.

Cafe Rio House Dressing

1/2 Buttermilk ranch packet (make as per directions)
1 tomatillo or 1/4 c. green salsa
1/4 bunch cilantro
1 garlic clove
Juice of 1/2 lime
few drops of green tobasco sauce

Mix in blender if desired

To make the Pork Salad:

Grill in a skillet individual tortillas topped with cheese until cheese melts.
Place on the tortilla the following ingredients:

  • glob of spanish rice or cafe rio rice (below)

  • glob of cooked, seasoned black beans

  • glob of the cooked sweet pork

  • cover with lettuc

  • top with tortilla strips

  • dab of sour cream

  • dab of gaucamole

  • lime wedge (to look authentic)

Cafe Rio

4 tsp chicken bouillon
4 tsp garlic
½ bunch cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1 can green chilies
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbs. butter
½ chopped onion

Blend all ingredients in blender then put in pan; add 3 cups water and bring a boil; add 4 cups rice and simmer 30 min.


Erica said...

Thank you, Marie! I'm excited to try this Pork Salad recipe, but I don't know what 'El Pato' is. I called Dick's Market, but they have never heard of it. Where do you buy a can of El Pato?

Stacey Ann said...

Marie, my sister mailed me your site. You must really love to cook. I can't wait to try out some of your recipes. This salad is my all time favorite. I live in Vancouver Washington and drive over to Oregon just to get it! I was wondering the same thing about the El Pato? When you get a chance perhaps you could let me know where you might buy it.

Shari said...

I just made this sald from your recipe and it was oh so good! Thanks!!

GVnana said...

El Pato is the brand name for a variety of Mexican food products. Perhaps the recipe is calling for El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco - Hot Tomato Sauce, but I don't know.

melinda said...
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melinda said...

Thank you for the recipe!! I tried it and it is delicious!!

BTW, I live in AZ and El Pato is in every grocery store I've ever been in?? The can looks like this:

Good luck to those who can't find it! You could always get it at amazon??