Saturday, December 5, 2009

Karley's Pork

Aka Cafe Rio pork - but my sister Karley gave us the recipe, so it is forever known at our house as Karley's pork. It is an absolute favorite. Tavios ultimate favorite food. Haven't made it in a while because it takes a while, but I need to share the recipe and this is the easiest way to do it right now. I'll post a picture next time I make it.


  • 3-4 lbs pork loin
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bottle red taco sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 can Coke
Cook pork on low in crock pot with water covering 1/2 the pork for 6 hours or until able to shred. Three hours before serving, drain liquid off pork and add coke, taco sauce, brown sugar, and cumin. Continue to cook for approximately 3 more hours.
(I find these instructions weird, never know if I'm supposed to cook for 6 hours total or 9 hours. I usually just cook the pork until shreddable, shred it, add the flavorings and let cook for another hour or so to combine flavors. I'm afraid of getting it too dry or something, but have never had that problem.)


  • White rice
  • Chicken broth
  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped white onions
  • lime juice
You get to experiment on the portion sizes. Cook the rice in the chicken broth instead of water with cilantro, onions & lime juice.
(very vague again - what I usually do is put 3-4 rice cooker measuring cups into the rice cooker. I add the juice of 4-5 limes, 1 small onion chopped - probably about 1 cup - more or less if you like, and maybe 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or so - not packed in the cup or anything. After adding the lime juice, I fill the rice cooker the rest of the way to the appropriate line with the chicken broth and cook it.)

Tomatillo Dressing

  • 1 package Dry buttermilk dressing (ranch)
  • 3 tomatillos
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Liquify ingredients in blender. Dressing will be runny at first, but thickens gradually.

Actual "salad"

  • Tortillas or chips
  • cheese (monterey jack or cheddar)
  • rice recipe
  • warmed black beans
  • pork recipe
  • chopped lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped green onions
  • cilantro (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  • Tomatillo dressing
Stack on plate in the order listed.

We like to buy the uncooked but pre-made tortillas for this. They are really yummy.

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