Cafe Rio Beef (The Trifecta is Now Complete)!

Cafe Rio Beef Salad

Recently I posted recipes for homemade version of Cafe Rio Pork and Cafe Rio Chicken. Nick at reminded me there was one more offering that I hadn’t thought to share yet. BEEF!

Yesterday we made a stop at the Cafe Rio in Tustin, CA for a quick bite during our crazy day of wedding and reception activities. I had to laugh because for the first 10 minutes after we sat down at our table with our food there was complete SILENCE!  Everyone was so intent on their food and enjoying it’s DELICIOUSNESS…not a word was spoken until the silence was broken with things like “mmmmmm….that was SO good!” or “that was the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten!”  :-)   (We might have been a little hungry at the time!)

So, in honor of one of our very favorite places to eat…here is the final recipe in Cafe Rio Trifecta of “meat” offerings:

Cafe Rio Beef

  • 3lb Chuck Roast
  • 1 Can Green Chile Sauce
  • 1 C Beef Broth
  • 1 Small Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

Place chuck roast in crock pot, pour green chile sauce, beef broth, & tomato sauce over the top and add cumin & garlic. Cut an onion in half a place full onion rings on top of the roast to flavor…they will be removed when the roast is cooked and discarded. Cook on low for 8-9 hours, or until meat falls apart easily. Shred meat into a different container, strain juices from the crock pot and pour over shredded beef.

Thanks for sharing Nick!
Oh Cafe Rio…..we are forever fans! :-))) Thanks for feeding our hungry bunch yesterday in our hour of hunger need!!!!
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  1. says

    When you say “green chile sauce,” do you mean green enchilada sauce, green chile salsa, or something different from either?

    • Caroline says

      I’m wondering the same thing. I just bought green chile enchilada. That was the closest thing I could find??

  2. SallyJoJo says

    I made the Cilantro Lime Rice and the Cafe Rio Beef last night and it was AMAZING!! I live in Florida, so haven’t been to a Cafe Rio, but at Cafe Sally this was a big hit! I made a few changes to the beef with what I had on hand to throw into the crock pot before work. I used a can of tomatoes and green chiles with lime and a can of green chiles and a can of beef consomme along with the cumin, onion and garlic. It was OMG good! I used 1/4 cup of the broth from the beef with my chicken broth for the rice. When I served I topped the rice with the beef, added a dollop of sour cream, a few chopped jalapenos and a bit of salsa, crushed plain tortilla chips and some shredded cheddar THANK YOU for posting LOVED it! :)