Instant Pot Series: Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

October 3, 2017 in Recipes

I am so excited to be doing a series of Instant Pot recipes!

I have tried a bunch of recipes to make Cafe Rio sweet pork and this copy cat recipe is the one that we love! Its already super easy but when you do it with the Instant Pot its so quick.

Here’s what you need:

2 lb pork

Coke—NOT diet

1/4 cup brown sugar

garlic salt or garlic powder

1 can diced green chilies

10 oz can red enchilada sauce

1 HEAPING cup brown sugar



(In the morning) Cut up your pork into pretty big chunks. Marinade in 1/2 can Coke + 1/4 cup brown sugar.

(In the late afternoon)
Turn the Instant Pot on ‘saute’. let it heat up while you drain the marinade. Then add 1 T olive oil to your Instant Pot and sear the meat for just a minute or two. Add garlic (fresh or powdered—doesn’t matter) and a can of Coke. Start the Instant Pot on Meat/Stew for 35 minutes.

While thats cooking make your sauce. Add that HEAPING cup of brown sugar, 1/2 can of Coke, red enchilada sauce, and green chilies to a blender (I use the NutriBullet).

Let your Instant Pot release naturally (don’t turn to ‘venting’). When the button releases drain (if necessary) and spread your pork. Add all the sauce to the Instant Pot and start it again for 10 minutes.


Put it on top of rice and beans and add lettuce, guac, salsa, chips, and of course DRESSING.




Here’s the RICE recipe. Also done in the Instant Pot!

1 cup white rice

1 t butter

1 t (ish) minced garlic (i use the squeeze kind)

2 3/4 cups water

2 cubes chicken flavor

juice from 1 lime

2 t sugar

3 T chopped fresh cilantro (i use THESE herb scissors)


Turn the Instant Pot to sauce and add butter and garlic. Stir just until you smell it. Add rice, water, chicken, and lime and stir. bring to a boil. Cover and turn to low for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add sugar, lime, and cilantro.


and BLACK BEANS recipe for the Instant Pot!

olive oil – just a tiny bit

1 t minced garlic (i use the squeeze kind)

tiny bit of cumin (or to taste)

1 t of salt

1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 can diced tomatoes

2-3 T chopped fresh cilantro


Turn your Instant Pot to saute. Add the garlic and a bit of oil. Add salt and cumin then beans and tomatoes. Use the manual function for 3 minutes. remove from heat either by turning it off for a while or moving it to a different bowl and add cilantro. If its too hot your cilantro will wilt and not be as pretty.


and lastly the DRESSING.

The recipe we love is HERE.





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