Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat

crock pot cafe rio chicken copycat recipe

Ok, so if you live in Utah there are probably 3 Mexican fast food chains that you try to copy their chicken or pork. (Mostly the pork, but I’ll do that one later.) This Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat recipe is seriously so good and if you don’t want to do a salad then turn it into a burrito!!

crock pot cafe rio chicken copycat recipe

This chicken is one of those life saver crock pot (slow cooker) recipes. I love that you can throw everything together in less than 5 minutes, let it cook all day and then feel like a hero as you serve it to your family. The only thing you really need to watch out for is how darn much the recipe makes. Scale that sucker back! It’s too much chicken for just our little family! However, that usually means it’s a great opportunity to invite someone over to surprise a neighbor with dinner. And I’m definitely all about that.

Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken Copycat

Cafe Rio Chicken
Recipe type: Dinner
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A delicious way to enjoy restaurant cuisine at home.
  • recipes by Lisa V.
For the Chicken
  • 1 Bottle of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 5 LBS Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Tomatillo Dressing
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tomatillo
  • 1 Handful cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Package hidden valley ranc
For the Chicken
  1. Mix ingredients and pour over chicken in a crock pot and cook on low 4 hours.
  2. Remove chicken and shred.
  3. Place back in crock pot for another hour.
  4. Serve over rice, as a burrito or salad.
For the dressing
  1. Place all ingredients except the mayonnaise into the blender and blend until smooth. Whisk in the mayo and place in the fridge.
Serve this over homemade or store bought fresh tortillas with lettuce, queso fresco or any cheese, beans, dressing, cilantro and limes of course!


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.