Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

I LOVE cafe Rio!  Their food is delicious and definitely one of my personal favorites.  Yesterday, I posted the recipe for Cafe Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo Dressing, and a couple weeks ago I shared a recipe for Cafe Rio’s Chicken and today I am going to share a recipe for their Sweet Pork.  I really enjoy the flavor of their sweet pork and was excited to find a recipe for it.

Slow Cooker Sweet Pork

This pork is SO easy to make and the flavor is OUTSTANDING!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 8
Calories 354kcal


  • 2 pounds pork roast
  • 24 ounces Coke divided
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 ounces diced green chilies
  • 10 ounces red enchilada sauce


  • Put the pork in a large ziplock bag.
  • Add 12 ounces of Coca Cola and 1/2 cup brown sugar in bag. Seal bag shut and make sure the marinade gets all over the pork. Place in fridge and marinate overnight.
  • When ready to put in slow cooker, drain marinade and put pork in slow cooker. Pour 6 ounces of Coca Cola, water and garlic salt over pork in the slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until pork is tender and cooked through and easily shreddable.
  • Once pork is completely cooked, shred up the pork with two forks.In a small bowl, combine remaining 6 ounces of Coca Cola, chiles, enchilada sauce and brown sugar. Mix until well combined.
  • Cover the pork with sauce and heat just until warmed through.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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To make your salad Cafe Rio Style you will need:(any are optional of course)

Flour tortilla
shredded cheddar cheese
Rice-they use a cilantro rice
Black or Pinto Beans (I tend to prefer black beans in my salad, my picture below is with pinto because I was out)
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork or Chicken
Romaine lettuce
Pico de Gallo
Avacado or Guacamole
Parmesan Cheese
Tortilla strips (Or crumbled tortilla chips)
Cafe Rio’s Tomatillo Dressing

For those that either haven’t been or haven’t heard of Cafe Rio, Here is how they layer and make their yummy salads!


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  1. The Farmer's Wife

    That looks absolutely delicious. What a simple recipe!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. Fifi

    this looks soooooo yummy!!!

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  3. corabeth

    New Follower from Finding New Friends Blog Hop. Hoping you will follow back! =0)
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  4. Brittany

    I am not a fan of pork, but my husband begs for it time and time again. I think I might have to "give in" to him and try this. This looks so delicious.

  5. Katelyn- Domestic Charm

    Yumm this looks amazing! I found you on Tatertots & Jello. I am your newest follower! Thanks for sharing!


    This looks delish!!! Thanks for linking up! I just pinned this idea and I can't wait to try it!

  7. Anonymous

    what size can of enchilada sauce and green chilis do you use?

  8. Chef in Training

    @Anonymous I used a 4 oz can of green chilies and 10 oz can of enchilada sauce. I will clarify that in the recipe. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  9. Emily

    Hi! Quick question, do you use red or green enchilada sauce?

  10. Snowmanlover

    Making this tonight but not sure where to find Tomatillas? Looks so yummy!

  11. Chef in Training

    you can find them next to the chilies and jalapenos at the grocery store. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  12. J-Watts

    i am super stoked to try this!!!!! i will let you know how much everyone raves about it when they are full lolso glad i found your blog honey!!!

  13. Denise

    I'm not an avid Mexican foodie, but this is going on the menu for sometime this week ! How's that for being ispirational?

  14. Anonymous

    Could you crock pot it on low for 6-8 hours instead?

  15. Amy

    I made the pork and we used it for was amazing!! I didn't have time to marinate the night before, so I just followed the recipe from that point on. I did not use any brown sugar (my husband hates super sweet stuff) The entire family loved this recipe!! My husband said "this is the best taco I've had in years"

  16. Maria M Triana

    Hi chef-in-training, my name is Maria. This is an amazing recipe. I love all your recipes so much that I added this one to my blog, but giving the link to here, as the original source, as I always do with everything I publish. Thank you very much for your time and kind consideration and for the excellent recipes you bring to us.

  17. Magen

    I made this for dinner tonight & oh my goodness! It is seriously so yummy! Definitely going in as a top 5! Thanks for sharing! Oh and I found you on Pinterest!:)

  18. Meg

    would this be doable with chicken? I love sweet pork but my husband always prefers chicken so i was hoping to be able to combine both worlds hah

  19. Kandice

    I was wondering if you use red or green enchalida sauce as well someone else asked but never responded to it.

  20. Kimberly


    I’ve made this several times for the last 5 years and love this recipe. I’ve always wondered though, why not cook it in the marinade? Do you worry about burning the sugar?

  21. Becky

    My hubby walked into the kitchen and saw Coca-Cola and brown sugar on the counter...he knew what was for dinner tomorrow!! 😂😁