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Smothered Cafe Rio {Copycat} Chicken Burrito

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I’ve posted a few recipes here and there for Cafe Rio Sweet Pork, Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice, Cafe Rio Chicken and of course the famous Cafe Rio Tomatillo Ranch, but this Smothered Cafe Rio Chicken Burrito is like all of that (almost) awesomeness all slammed into one.

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We love using all of those different recipes to make a big salad, you know the tortilla on the bottom, everything inside and piled with lettuce on top? Except, it’s kind of a lot of stuff. I mean, you’ve got to get the salad, the little tortilla strips, the salsa, the guac, and so on. It’s a darn big salad! An trust me, I looooooove salad, but I also don’t want hours of prep work and grocery shopping to make it happen.

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So sometimes we just use the ingredients to make burritos, yes even the ranch as the smother sauce. And it’s good. It’s real good.

What is The Difference Between a Burrito and Enchilada?

One of the main differences is the type of tortilla that is used.

Both enchiladas and burritos are filled with a variety of meat, beans, and rice.

Enchiladas are usually made with corn tortillas.

Enchiladas are served on a bed of sauce and sprinkled with cheese.

Flour tortillas are used to make burritos.

Burritos are usually served with sauce on the side.

Can Burritos Be Frozen?

Burritos can be made ahead and frozen.

Each burrito should be wrapped in foil and then place them in a freezer bag.

To reheat: place in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes in foil OR remove foil and heat on HIGH in microwave for about 1 minute.

Can Burritos Be Eaten Cold?

Burritos are usually eaten hot, but even cold, they can be tasty and perfectly safe.


Smothered Cafe Rio Chicken Burrito

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Smothered Cafe Rio Chicken Burrito

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8


  • 6-8 fresh tortillas

Cafe Rio Ranch

  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tomatillo
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pkg. hidden valley ranch dry mix
  • [Cafe Rio Chicken]
  • Black Beans warmed
  • [Cafe Rio Rice]
  • Colby Jack Cheese grated


  • Cook the chicken per instructions as well as the rice and prepare the ranch.

For the ranch

  • Place all ingredients except the mayonnaise in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Whisk in the mayonnaise and store in the fridge in an airtight jar.
  • Warm the tortillas and heat the oven to broil.
  • Place rice, beans, and chicken on the tortilla, fold in the ends and roll closed.
  • Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  • Top with ranch and cheese and place under the broiler until melted.
  • Serve immediately.


store in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Smothered Cafe Rio Chicken Burrito
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 131IU3%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Made this tonight, amazing! Definitely will make again, big hit with the family.

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    • Yay!! Love to hear this!! Thanks Jaden!

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  • I can’t wait to try this! I’ve been craving cafe rio since my husband and I moved to Washington! I sure love you for making this and sharing it. Your family is lucky and I can’t wait to share it with my family!

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    • Yay! You’re going to love this! Please let us know when you make it and what you think!

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  • So good! We just moved from colorado and are no where near a cafe rio – we were desperate for a “fix”. This totally rocked. It was easy to make and so yummy!

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    • Our friends just moved to Colarado and I hear it’s just lovely! Such a bummer you aren’t by CR now! Thank you for the sweet comment!

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  • What would you do if you wanted to freeze this recipe? Or do you think it would freeze well? I love your blog so much and I love following you on Instagram! Yum I can’t wait to make these!

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    • Thanks so much Ashley! We’ve totally frozen these, just without the sauce which we add for baking. Make sure you wrap in parchment or saran wrap and then foil and finally place in a ziploc. 🙂

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  • You had me at SMOTHERED. BURRITO. Girl, this looks incredible!!!

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    • Smothered is always my selling point too. Miss you!

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  • These burritos look amazing! Pinned!

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    • Thanks so much! Looking forward to seeing your pretty face on here!

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  • I am drooling over these amazing recipes! Café Rio has always been one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing 😀

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  • Whoa, this burrito is my idea of perfect!

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  • Carrian!! Dying!!

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  • Hey now… how did you know exactly what I have been craving???? I like that your blog matches my favorite things. 🙂

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  • GAH! These DO look real, REAL good! I am all about a burrito, and I am already dreaming of these at 5am! Pinned!

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    • Right? I don’t have them near enough.

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  • Oh my gosh these are dreamy.

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