I found this recipe for Cafe Rio Chicken online recently and thought it looked delicious. I am really glad that I tried it because it tastes every bit as good as it looks (if not better!). I think that it will now be my go-to alternative to taco seasoning packets when I want to make Mexican food!
I have to confess that I had never heard of Cafe Rio before coming across this recipe. It turns out that there aren’t any in Massachusetts, which I suppose excuses my ignorance. After eating this delicious chicken, all that I know is that if I ever come across one, I will definitely have to eat there!
The recipe is easy (I got it from Chef in Training here). All that you have to do is throw the following ingredients in your crockpot and cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8 hours: about 2 pounds of chicken breasts (although I just used one package, which was slightly less than this), 1/2 a bottle of zesty Italian salad dressing, a packet of ranch dressing mix, and 1/2 a tablespoon each of minced garlic, chili powder, and ground cumin. When it’s done, shred the chicken with two forks.
And then, voilà…you have Cafe Rio Chicken:
I turned mine into a salad with the following as toppings (avocado, onion, red pepper, tomato, and shredded cheese):
What a great salad! The blog where I found this has several other Cafe Rio recipes, which I am looking forward to trying.