Monday, July 25, 2011

Costa Vida Sweet Pork

This week I am going to focus on some yummy crock pot recipes for you.  With the heat still climbing, the last thing we want to do is heat up the house! Crock pots are nice because they don't heat up the house and you can still enjoy a delicious meal at the end of the day!  If you don't have a crock pot, don't worry... You can still cook these over the stove or in the oven (you'll just have to make some adjustments including cook time).

Today I've got a real treat for ya! Three recipes in one post! Only the pork is the crock pot portion of the post, but you can't have one without the other.  The dressing and rice are a must! I've also made this recipe with chicken. It works great. I got this recipe from my sister in law.  It's a copy cat of the restaurant Costa Vida.  It's a lot like Cafe Rio or other similar.  Enjoy!

Costa Vida Sweet Pork

2 lbs pork loin roast
2 cups brown sugar
1 clove garlic
1/2 to 1/3 cup ketchup
1 can coke
1 cube butter

In a crock pot, combine meat and garlic together. Cook on low for 8 hours. When you have about an hour left, shred your meat and add the rest of the ingredients. 

Better Than Costa Vida Rice 
3 cups water
4 tsp chicken bullion
1 can green chilies
1 Tbsp butter
1-1/2 cups rice
 4 tsp minced garlic
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 onion

Combine all ingredients into a pot.  Simmer on low for about 20 min or until rice is cooked through and tender.  Or you can combine all ingredients into a rice cooker and cook on the white rice setting.

Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
1 can green chilies
1/3 cup cilantro
1 small tomatillo (husks removed)
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 dash of cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic
1-2 fresh jalapeno
1 tsp salt
1 pinch of brown sugar
¾ c buttermilk ( I just make my own)

Combine in Blender adding the buttermilk slowly
Add 1 packet ranch dressing mix


Meggan said...

I found you on pinterest! I LOVE your cilantro rice recipe!!!!!! It is the closest copy cat i have found!! I make it at least once a week! Thank you for sharing!! I'll be trying the sweet pork recipe soon!

Jennie said...

Welcome Meggan! I'm glad you found us! That rice is one of my favorites as well. Thanks for posting, it made my day. Happy creating!!!