I am so in love with Costa Vida (in some places Cafe Rio), seriously I could eat there ALL DAY! Their Sweet Pork Salad is awesome, like seriously unforgettable! And their Cilantro Ranch Dressing? I could eat it with a spoon (without the salad). So when we moved all the way across the country from my favorite restaurant I was really disappointed to find no restaurants in the entire state…LAME. So for 6 months I have been craving this deliciousness. Finally I took matters into my own hands. Well mostly… Actually I searched the internet for a recipe and came up with the following!
Honestly, they nailed it!
Most of the time, I play around with recipes and just take the basics and then do my own thing, but I wanted this to be “the real thing” so I tried not to mess with it too much. And it was AWESOME-NESS. Really, whether you have ever had the “real” deal or not, you will love this recipe.
Here are the modifications I had to make- because of time/supplies on hand.
It calls for 2 lbs of pork rib meat– Well Pork Loin was on sale for 1.99/lb this week (cheaper than HAMBURGER) and it only comes in large chunks- so I bought a 5 1/2 lb piece of meat, and used that. Therefore I doubled almost everything in the recipe to compensate.
I did not marinate the meat first, I was too impatient. I DID put 3 cans of coke and 1 cup of brown sugar and a sprinkle of garlic into the pot and leave it cooking on low for 8 hours. Then I only had 1 can of enchilada sauce for the sauce, so I added some tomato sauce in to compensate. It worked fine obviously.
For the dressing I doubled the recipe, but I only had 2 tomatillos (although one was large) and I found with even 1/2 an jalapeño that the dressing was still a little spicy (my kids still ate it though)- the recipe would have called for 2 when doubling it. (and I didn’t put the seeds in either)
We did not put cheese on top, it didn’t need it- since I was smothering it with that delicious dressing anyway…
I DID make the corn tortilla chips like they suggest, and it was worth the time- SO YUMMY!!!
I didn’t take a picture of the final product, because I was too busy eating, but here’s a picture of the dressing and the crock pot full of delicious sweet pork.