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- Cheese
7- Any additional toppings you like: sour cream, guacamole, pico, salsa, etc
8- Tortilla strips (instructions below)
9- 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

pork
3 lbs pork roast cut into baseball sized pieces
2 quarts water (You can also use a bottle of coke to substitute some of the water in there and that's tasty)
4 cups sliced white onions (I don't use near that amount)
1/4 cup salt
1 cup sugar

Marinade
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 until tender (you do stovetop or crock pot. I have done both and prefer crock pot)
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 - 1/3 c. white sugar

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 light 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, combine, and bring to boil
Cover and let cook on low/med low until rice is done, about 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.

4 comments:

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!

http://lindstewfoodies.blogspot.com/2010/05/shredded-sweet-pork.html

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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.