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Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad with chopped lettuce, shredded pork, cilantro rice, black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips served in an aluminum tin

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Recipe

The Complete Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Recipe, right at your fingertips! So easy to make at home, and tastes exactly like the popular restaurant version.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Keyword Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Time to Cook Sweet Pork 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 1 salad
Calories 1204kcal
Author Erica Walker



Here is how we put it all together:

  • First of all, we bought the aluminum deep-dish pans (they had these at the grocery store, you will know when you see them -they look just like the Cafe Rio tins. You can also find them at restaurant supply stores or online).
  • Lay a tortilla in the bottom of the pan, sprinkle cheese on it, and put in the oven at 375 for about 5 min or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven, add beans, rice, pork, then lettuce and a little scoop of diced tomato and onions (pico de gallo). Add guacamole (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and sour cream.
  • Add crushed tortilla chips, a shake of Parmesan cheese (or Cotija cheese if you want to be more authentic), and top with a few cilantro leaves.
  • Serve with the cilantro ranch or vinaigrette dressing and there you have it! 


Calories: 1204kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 2456mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1730IU | Vitamin C: 17.7mg | Calcium: 451mg | Iron: 3.9mg