Friday, February 1, 2008

Cafe Rio Pork Salad

I got this recipe from a girl out here and it is one of my new favs! It is so easy but it tastes like you spent a lot of time on it (so I like to feed it to company). It tastes just like the pork taco salad from Cafe Rio!
2lb. Pork Tenderloin (boneless)
1.5 cups salsa (whatever kind you like)
1.5 cups brown sugar
Tortilla chips
Whatever toppings you like on a taco salad (I like lettuce, rice, black beans, cheese, olives, tomatoes, avacado, salsa, and sour cream)

1. Put the pork tenderloin in a crockpot. Add the salsa and brown sugar. Mix them a little to combine and drizzle over the pork. Cook on low heat for 5 hours.
2. After 5 hours, take out the pork and shred it. It will be super tender so shredding it is easy (but watch out, it's HOT).
3. Put the shredded meat back in the crock pot for 30-45 minutes. This will allow the meat to soak up the remaining juices and become extra tender and juicy!
4. While that is cooking, chop your veggies and prepare your rice and beans (if you are using those).
5. Once the pork is done, serve it on top of crushed tortilla chips, and add your toppings!

Alternative serving suggestions(we have done these before and, while I prefer the salad, these are really yummy too):
1. Pork sandwich - serve in a hamburger bun with a little Miracle Whip. This is a great leftover lunch!
2. Real simple - serve over rice with a veggie and a simple side salad.

This is a delicious meal that is sure to please! And, as a bonus, it freezes amazingly well!! So I like to make extra and freeze some for a night when I want a yummy meal, but don't feel like cooking!