Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cafe Rio Mexican Buffet

Here is how you can have a party with all of the recipes I posted. Guests can make burritos or tacos or salads or whatever combination of ingredients they want.

By the way, I cooked dry black beans for the first time in my slow cooker. After doing a quick soak with the beans, I put them in the slow cooker with some fresh water. I added a little cumin and a chopped onion. After the beans cooked, I drained some of the liquid and added salt until they tasted just right.

Serve in the following order for salad:
Cheese, shredded
Chicken or Pork
Black or pinto beans
Lime Rice
Romaine or red and green leaf lettuce, shredded
Pico de Gallo
Olives, chopped
Fresh cilantro
Parmesan cheese
Fresh lime slices
Tomatillo dressing


  1. Yum! That looks like an incredible party menu! I love tomatillos and limes--so I'm definitely going to have to try this menu. (I also have never eaten at Cafe Rio, but these recipes sound delicious.)

  2. We have been in heaven since Saturday's party. Thank goodness for leftovers. I don't think it's possible that we'll get tired of these! I purchased some awesome salsa from Sam's Club to go on these, both the tomatillo (green) and cilantro (red) versions of LaSabrozita. Stephen said he'd take the bottles of salsa home if we didn't want them. We wanted them, so he didn't get any to take home. Maybe we'll still have some for the reunion in June!

  3. You should be writing your own cookbook, what with all those time-tested recipes you have. Or better yet, you could embark on a food business journey. Thank you for always sharing your incredible creations with us!

    Diane Baker @ Alejandra’s Restaurant