Monday, August 24, 2009

"Bajio Sweet Pork Salad" Copy Cat

I made this salad last week and it was DELICIOSO! I found these recipes online. The one for the sweet pork was from our local ABC 4 news who had one of the big wigs from Bajio on their show to present, so I thought it would be a pretty good recipe and it sure was!

So the layers in a salad you would get at Bajio (or Cafe Rio) include:
1- Tortilla (I used the uncooked 'tortilla land' brand you can find at Costco or most grocery stores by the milk, butter, etc. for sure at Walmart, smiths, maceys)
2- Sweet Rice (recipe below)
3- Black Beans (I just opened a can of seasoned black beans)
4- Corn
5- Sweet Pork (recipe below)
6- Chopped romain lettuce
7- Cheese
8- Any additional toppings you like: sour cream, guacamole, pico, salsa, etc
9- Tortilla strips (instructions below)
10- Creamy Tomatillo Ranch (recipe here)

And that is one dreamy meal.. and those you are serving it to will think you are the BEST!

Recipe for:
Sweet Pork

3 lbs pork roast 
2 quarts water 
4 cups sliced white onions
1/4 cup salt
1 cup sugar

Simmer together the following ingredients for 1 hour
4 cups enchilada sauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups soda water or coke/dr pepper
1 Tbs taco seasoning to taste
1 small cans pineapple juice (I added this to original recipe to try to reduce the spiciness of the taco seasoning because I had overdone it with almost 3 Tbs, my sis-in-law Birgitta recommended the pineapple juice and it was sooooo good that I'm always going to use it)

Cook pork in crock pot until tender enough to shred (about 8 hours). 
Drain pork and shred with fork, keeping pork in original cooking pot
Pour hot marinade over shredded pork
keep warm

Recipe for:
Sweet Rice

1 Tbs oil
1/2 of a white onion, chopped (add more or less to your taste)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
1 1/3 c. white rice
3 c. chicken broth
1/4  c. white sugar
heaping 1/2 tsp salt (1/2 tsp salt per cup of rice)

Put a little oil in bottom of pan
Saute chopped onion until translucent
On the side, combine the chicken broth and sugar, letting sugar dissolve (get this ready before you add the cilantro so it's ready to pour)
Add rice, cooking it until it is brown (be careful not to burn)
Add chopped cilantro (no big stems) to your onions and rice and saute 30 seconds more or so

Pour in broth with sugar, add salt, combine, and bring to boil
Cover and let cook on low/med low until rice is done, about 20-25 min
Fluff with fork before serving.

Tortilla Strips
Use tortillas of your choice (white corn, yellow, corn, flour)
Cut into thin strips

In large skillet, heat vegetable oil and fry up your strips, adding plenty of salt for deliciousness. Fry until light to golden brown.

Enjoy! You will be stu-uffed.


The Whitney News said...

Hi! I've been wanting to copy Bahio's sweet pork recipe forever. Just wondering what color enchilada sauce you use- green or red?? Thanks!

Stew and Lindsey Campbell said...

I recently made this pork! Check out my blog to see the changes I made!

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allie. said...

just wondering...when you say "soda water" for the sweet pork marinade, can i use like a can of dr. pepper or coke? i'm going to try it ...hopefully it works.