Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cafe Rio/Bajio recipe...

Ok... I made this recipe... then my mom made this recipe.... then we further ate it at a huge family party. This is so easy and so yummy. Plus you save money compared to buying Cafe Rio or Bajio, and everyone gets to have some! Yum!

You can buy some fresh tortillas that you can cook real quick on the stove from Costco or Sam's Club.

Put together:
Fresh Tortilla (I'm sorry but these are a MUST! ;)
Sprinkle some cheese (while tortilla is warm)
Add Rice
black beans or pinto
shredded chicken
Add Chopped Romain Lettuce
Add some guacamole and or sour cream, salsa fresco, tortilla chips and cilantro with a little Parmesan.

Café Rio Dressing

1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (make as per recipe)
2 tomatillos (tomato like vegetable with a husk around them)
½ bunch of cilantro
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño (Use the seeds too if you like it spicy. You could substitute a few drops of green tobasco for the jalapeno.)

Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients well. Refrigerate.

Cafe Rio Chicken
8 oz. bottle Zesty Italian dressing
1 T. chili powder
1 T. cumin
3 cloves garlic
5 lbs boneless chicken breasts
Mix all but chicken. Then put sauce and chicken in crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours. Shred meat and cook 1 more hour.

Café Rio Rice
(Edit - Jan. 2008 - Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader who noticed that the proportions for this rice recipe are not right for regular rice. When I called my sister, I found out that the original recipe called for Minute Rice (instant rice). I didn't know that when I posted the recipe, but it explains why it uses 3 cups water to 3 cups rice. I'm not sure why the cooking time said 30 minutes, which doesn't seem right for Minute Rice? I would recommend using regular rice, about 2 cups rice to 4 cups water. If anyone has tried making this rice and adapted the recipe to work, let us know in the comments.)

3 c water
4 t chicken bouillon
4 t garlic –minced
½ bunch cilantro
1 can green chiles—or equivalent fresh
¾ t salt
1 T butter
½ onion
3 c rice (see note)

Blend cilantro, green chiles and onion together in food processor. Bring water to a boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered 30 minutes.