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This yummy sweet pork shows it’s lovely face at our dinner table quite frequently. This is one of those great recipes that is put in the crock pot in the morning, and ready to eat in the afternoon. You do need to be available to take the meat out after 4 hours of cooking, shred it up and put it back in the crock pot. But other than that it’s one of those recipes that is more like a “magic trick” than it is cooking. I say, I’m up for all of the magic tricks I can get! Sometimes we make it into a salad with a great Cafe Rio type cilantro dressing and lime rice. But most of the time, I only have the energy for the pork. Watch for the dressing and lime rice to be posted sometime in the future! Good luck with your “magic trick”!

Sweet Cafe Rio Pork

Serves: 8 servings Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1   3 lb pork loin roast (be sure the roast is completely thawed)
  • 1   16 oz jar salsa (2 C salsa)
  • 1 can green chilies
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 1 can black beans, undrained
  • Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato


1. In the bottom of a large crock pot mix salsa, green chilies, brown sugar, and black beans.
2. Add the pork roast and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours depending on how hot your crock pot cooks things. 
3. Take the meat out of the Crockpot and shred it up with a fork.
4. Return meat to the Crockpot and cook 1 more hour.
5. Serve on tortillas with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

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  1. Thanks for this pulled pork recipe– oh how I miss Cafe Rio! The first time I went there with my older brother and he happened to get a phone call right as I was ordering.

    Apparently, he really wanted me to try the pork barbacoa salad because after his phone call,when he found out I had ordered a chicken salad he was a little bummed out and made me promise to get the pork barbacoa salad next time. And thankfully I kept that promise because it’s now one of my favorites!

    I made your recipe the other day (didn’t have green chilies so I didn’t add them), and it turned out delicious! I shredded the meat right in the crock pot to make it a little easier.

    You can see my post about it at

  2. Living in Central Ohio we have no Cafe Rio! I see recipes for their food all the time and frankly wish we had them here. I’ve made many of your recipes and love your site so after researching many a recipe I decided to make yours as there was no coke/pop in the recipe. It’s cooking away in the crockpot and can’t wait to try it! It smells wonderful. Keep the great recipes coming Jamie!

  3. Now that we have 2 of the recipes from Cafe Rio, how about a double for the green sauce. I saw someone posted a version here, but there’s seems to have a creamy ranch texture. Can’t wait to make these!