If you don’t have the option to visit Cafe Rio in person (like me) then this copycat recipe is the way to go! It is so sweet and tender you will think it is the real deal! If you need a crowd pleasing dish… this is your answer.
My cousin Eva introduced me to this recipe. Not only is it beautiful on your plate, but the taste just far exceeds your expectations. Truthfully. This is amazing stuff folks! You will be blown away on the first bite. The pork is sweet and just melts in your mouth. The added flavor of the cilantro lime rice and zesty flavored beans compliments the sweetness perfectly. You cannnot have one without the other. Really. You want all the elements for a perfect balance.
You’ll need to start out by marinating your pork. I like to do it over night, but if you’re pressed for time, a few hours will do. When you remove the pork from the marinade place it in your slow cooker. You’ll need to give sufficient time for the meat to tenderize so plan accordingly. My pork usually takes about 7 hours to get to that point where I can shred it easily. Then you return it back to the slow cooker for a couple more hours. This is when you’ll start to prepare all your toppings- chopping tomato, cilantro, onion, making the beans and last the rice. I also love to make homemade tortilla strips to add too. The salty crunch is a nice taste against the sweet pork. Just take your pizza cutter and slice strips off some soft corn tortillas. Then fry the strips in 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle salt. Easy! Try not to eat too many as you go, they’re addicting. When everything is finished and you’re ready to eat just leave it open for your guests to make their own burritos. Be sure to buy the large flour tortillas or if you want GF style just fry up some corn tortillas and immediately create your burrito for a warm crunchy version. You’ll be so happy with the results, I promise! You just can’t go wrong by serving this meal.