Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Okay, I know Tuesday is half over already, but I still wanted to get this recipe up today. It is SO yummy! I actually got it off Elise's link to Culinary Collie Sue (thanks Elise) and then made my own version by mixing it with a recipe from my SIL. We had this for our New Year's Eve dinner and my kids loved it, as did my hubby and I.
I was in much too much of a hurry to eat this and took a really bad picture, but a bad picture is better than no picture right?

Barbacoa Pork
3-4 lb pork roast (Would taste great with chicken too.)
1 can cola (I used Dr. Pepper)
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 c. red taco sauce (La Victoria brand)
1-2 Tbsp. chipotle seasoning (Grill Mates packet)

Put ingredients in slow cooker and cook until tender. Shred meat up and leave in sauce to simmer.

Lime Cilantro Rice (This makes a ton, so I would 1/2 it next time.)
2 Tb. butter
1/2 c. sweet onion chopped
2 c. long grain rice
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
4 c. chicken stock/broth
1 clove garlic minced

Saute onion in butter til soft, then add chicken stock. Bring to boil, add all other ingredients, bring back to a boil, turn heat to low, put lid on pot and let simmer til rice is done.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
1 c. buttermilk (Mine was too runny, so I would use less.)
1 c. mayo
1 fresh jalapeno, chopped (seeds removed) (I only used half and wished I would have used a whole one. It really wasn't spicy.)
3 medium tomatillos (peel off leaf and chop)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 envelope buttermilk ranch dressing mix
juice of 1/2 lime

Put all ingredients in blender and mix til smooth.

Now, put a flour tortilla in a bowl, load up with beans (we used both black and refried), rice, meat, lettuce, crushed tortilla chips, guacamole, and top the whole thing off with the dressing. SOOOO good!


Lula! said...

Elena, will you marry me? We'll serve this at our wedding reception. :)

Keys to the Magic Travel said...

That looks so very yummy. I had this recipe once for a marinade with Dr. Pepper. But I cannot find it. I wonder if this would make a good substitute.

Mama Williams said...

A little like Cafe Rio. When you visit next we'll go. Our favorite!! Yummmm

Wendy said...

Just thinking the same thing; reminds me of Cafe Rio! Looks SO good, Elena. Thanks for sharing this!

Trish said...

you had me at Dr. Pepper. But what happens when I open the can and guzzle the whole thing? I will then have no cola to marinade with.......

Seriously, this looks delish......

I'm gonna make it.

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I am so hungry and that looks so good!!! I know the kids will not eat that, too many things mixed together, but the grown-ups will love it.

Yes I am back partially. Just having a hard time getting back into the swing of things.....

CB said...

Oh my gosh that looks SO YUMMY!

I am so hungry now that I am supposed to be on a diet (wink wink).

Thanks for the great recipes!

Lee Ann said...

Trish, will you have me over when you make it?

Ok, I can probably make my own....and I don't do Dr. Pepper so I'll go with the cola.

Looks awesome!

Trish said...

Say Tomatillo and I am SO THERE! That sounds wonderful! I can't wait to try it! 2 more months until the tomatillos set here. Mmmmm.

Hey, about the snow trucking... Any time you want to do a house swap in the winter, I'm so there! I miss the cold weather so much it hurts!

Miki said...

No comment...


because I just spent 10 minutes writing comments and erasing them.

Oh cooking (my fist in the air)...why must you haunt me.

Miki said...

Your bloggy commenty friends crack me up!

Jewelle said...

Couple questions... about how long did you cook your meat?

Also, can you use the long grain instant rice? if no...how long did it take to cook the rice?

I am just trying to judge how long this meal will take to cook. I'm dying to try it though!

Elena said...

Jewelle- I think I cooked the meat for about 8 hours. Next time I will either use a pork tenderloin or chicken. I think it will be more tender that way. (but the pork roast was still good).

I don't think I'd use instant rice, but the regular rice only took about 30 minutes. Get the liquid to a boil, add your rice, cover, then turn the heat to low. Don't lift the lid for at least 15-20 minutes.

This meal is well worth the effort, it is DELISH! Good luck!

Elise said...

Yummy! I really am planning to participate in T-i-T-- it was one one my resolutions. This Tuesday, for real. This is such a good recipe!