Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

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   This Cafe Rio Sweet Pork recipe is full of delicious sweet flavor! It goes perfectly in burritos, tacos, salads and so much more. We like to eat it with a tortilla on a plate then topped with lettuce, black beans, rice and cilantro ranch dressing!

Sweet and tender shredded pork just like the one from Cafe Rio. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI already know what you’re thinking. Does the food blog world really need another Café Rio recipe? Well, my answer is YES. A big fat huge YES because this Cafe Rio Sweet Pork recipe is phenomenal, and I don’t throw that word around too much. 🙂

My hubby is the biggest sweet pork fan. Every single time we eat at Café Rio, he orders the sweet pork salad. He just loves it. I usually order the fire-grilled chicken, but I always seem to ask Kale if I can have a bite of his! haha.

About 2 years ago I started making the sweet pork at home, and it just never tasted right. So I’ve been experimenting with different versions and this one is the one we feel tastes closest to the real thing. It is so sweet, so delicious. It literally melts in your mouth. There’s no need to marinate the pork, like other recipes. I skipped out on doing it this time, and I could not tell a difference at all.

This pork is SO flavorful! It’s perfect in burritos, tacos and salads. We love to place a tortilla on a plate, then top it with black beans, rice and the sweet pork, just like Café Rio does. Try this Creamy Cilantro Dressing to pour over the top. It is heaven!

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Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

Sweet and tender shredded pork just like the one from Café Rio. Perfect for burritos, salads and tacos!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Life in the Lofthouse


  • 3 pound pork shoulder/butt
  • 16 ounces Coca-Cola soda not diet, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chilies
  • 1 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar


  • Spray inside of a large crock pot with cooking spray. Place pork roast inside. Pour 8 ounces of Coca-Cola ( I used a measuring cup) and water around pork. (It does not need to cover roast) Sprinkle evenly with garlic salt, salt and pepper. Cover with lid and cook on High heat for 6 hours, or on Low heat 8 - 9 hours.
  • Remove pork from crock pot and transfer to cutting board. Discard liquid from crock pot. Shred pork with two forks, and remove any fat.
  • In a blender or food processor, blend the remaining 8 ounces Coca-Cola, diced green chilies, enchilada sauce and brown sugar. Blend until smooth.
  • Place shredded pork back in crock pot. Pour enchilada sauce mixture over the shredded pork. Cover crock pot with lid and cook 2 hours on Low heat.
  • Serve pork in burritos, salads and tacos!



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33 thoughts on “Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

  1. Wow!!!! I made this for my daughter and I for a twist on regular tacos…. I could’ve eaten the meat alone with a fork and left all the toppings!!! This is the perfect mix of savory sweet and will find its way into our regular “taco Tuesday” rotation.

  2. This was a hit in my house! Served ot with spanish yellow rice and black beans. Only thing I think we were missing was a little heat, will use hot chiles and enchilada sauce next time. Cannot wait to use leftovers in tacos and a salad. Thanks for sharing a keeper

    1. I have made this recipe – all the same prep steps and ingredients with a few tweaks to use an instant pot : 3 lbs of pork tenderloin cut into chunks for 55 minutes on manual (with the grate that lifts the meat mostly off the bottom of the pot. Once it finishes and steam is released I drain liquid, shred with two forks, then add the enchilada sauce mixture and just incorporate together until hot. i didn’t continue to cook with sauce mixture but I’m sure it would make the flavor more deep and perhaps a little thicker maybe? But turns out fabulous. This is my favorite cafe rio pork recipe.

  3. I realized after I made this and then ate at Cafe Rio that this recipe tastes better than the actual Cafe Rio sweet Pork Burittos! You could open a restaurant. Good job!

  4. Thank you for sharing!! I’ve tried another Cafe Rio sweet pork recipe, and yours definitely tastes more like the real deal!! Made it today. and it was a huge hit! Thanks again!

  5. Have you ever tried adding chipotles in adobo sauce? They’re smoked jalapeños, but the adobo sauce they come canned in is the magical part. I’m constantly tweaking this recipe too!Tandie

  6. 5 stars
    I moved out of the area where my local cafe rio was. Their sweet pulled pork was the absolute sizzle and now that I’ve found this recipe I can have it whenever I want. Made the recipe as directed, rolled it up into a burrito, covered it with some salsa verse and cheese…bam.

    1. The regular Coke does add a sweetness to it that makes this pork so amazing. I have never tried it with Diet coke. I’m not sure it would be that good.

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