Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken

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If you love Cafe Rio then you will love this copycat version of their chicken. This recipe slowly cooks in the crock pot and creates a delicious and tender Mexican chicken!

Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken is tender, slow cooked chicken that is full of Mexican flavor. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comThis is a copycat version of Cafe Rio’s chicken and it is HEAVENLY, my friends! It’s another one of those amazing crock pot meals that I just love. It is so flavorful and your house will smell so good as it cooks! This chicken is perfect to use in tacos, burritos, and on salads. You will love it anyway you choose to eat it!

Cafe Rio Chicken

Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 6
Author Life in the Lofthouse


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian dressing
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) ranch dressing/seasoning mix (mix with 1/2 cup of water)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cumin


  • Place all ingredients in a greased crock pot. Cover with lid.
  • Cook on low heat for 2 to 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Shred chicken with fork and serve in salads, burritos, tacos, etc.

Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken is tender, slow cooked chicken that is full of Mexican flavor.

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8 thoughts on “Copycat Cafe Rio Chicken

  1. OH! WOW! This looks so YUMMY! Plus I can’t even tell you how big of a fan I am of crockpot recipes! Thank you! Can’t wait to try it out!

  2. I bought ALL the ingredients for all this, but I couldnt find the HOT BLONDE CHEF that is supposed to come with it??? Named HOLLY!!!

  3. I made these last week and I didn’t care for the zesty Italian wafting through the house and wasn’t sure the chicken would turn out good. Boy was I wrong! This stuff disappeared in about 8 seconds with homemade taco shells, cotija cheese, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado. Yum!

  4. We tried this last night in tacos and it is AMAZING! I made the leftovers into a taco salad today and it was the best I’ve ever eaten. I will made it over and over and over again lol.

  5. Thank you Holly for the wonderful recipe! My whole family enjoyed it, and it is so easy to make. Winner all the way through . Definitely going on our meal rotation.
    Hope your daughter is feeling better.