Copycat Cafe Rio Pork Salad

Good Things Utah
Sign up for our GTU Newsletter and Recipe Newsletter, bringing you our favorite recipes, guestes, and more every day!

Are you in the mood for Cafe Rio? Salad lovers, it is your favorite day. Emily Gibson teaches you how to make your very own tasty copycat Cafe Rio salad from home.

Copycat Cafe Rio Pork Salad


  • 4-7 lbs boneless pork shoulder butt or boneless pork rib meat, cut into large chunks
  • Menudo or taco spice mix
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups cold water
    for sauce
  • 3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar light or dark to taste
  • 1 – 16 oz can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chiles not drained
  • 1 12 oz can Coke Pepsi or Dr Pepper


  1. Sautee pork in oil in InstantPot, then cover with 2 C cold water, making sure the water goes around sides and down to bottom of meat. (It will almost cover the meat).
  2. Cook on manual setting for 50 minutes.
  3. Shred in Kitchen Aid mixer, add ingredients, above and serve with garnishes, below.


  • 5 heads lettuce
  • Tomatoes for garnish (or salsa)
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Tortillas (for under the salad)
  • Black beans
  • Cilantro
  • Parmesan powdered cheese (sprinkle over top)
  • Tortilla strips or chips
  • Limes (to squeeze over the top)

Lime Cilantro Rice:

  • 2 1/2 cups rice
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 Tbsp lime juice
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Put all in rice cooker, and cook normal.

Cilantro Salad Dressing:

  • 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing Mix
  • 8 oz. can Salsa Verde
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup Mayo
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • ¼- ½ cup fresh cilantro


  1. Mix in blender.
  2. Add lime juice to taste.
  3. Mix ahead of time and chill it for several hours. (It can be thinned with buttermilk if needed).
  4. Serve this over shredded lettuce and crunched up tortilla chips and top with beans, pork, dressing, cheese.

Visit Instagram: @imagineemiline .

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Utah VP Debate

More Utah Debate

Good Things Utah Sponsors