Thursday, March 22, 2012

Costa Vida Sweet Pork Burritos

There are a lot of different recipes for Costa Vida and Cafe Rio burritos and salads floating around the internet. I've tried a few different variations and I have to say that this one is by far the closest to the original. If you want, you can mix and match with the Costa Vida Salad recipe for different variations. Costa Vida is one of my favorite restaurants so I'm so glad I found a recipe that's so close to the original. 

Costa Vida Sweet Pork Burritos
Sweet pork (recipe below)
Cilantro-lime rice (recipe below)
Garlic black beans (recipe below)
large flour tortillas
Green enchilada sauce (recipe below)
monterey jack cheese, shredded
shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes

Sweet Pork:
3 lbs boneless pork ribs
3 cans coke, divided
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, divided
dash garlic salt
1/4 cup water
1 can diced green chiles
3/4 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce

In a large ziploc bag, combine pork, a can and a half of coke, and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight.

Drain marinade and place pork in crock pot. Add 1/2 can of coke, garlic salt, and 1/4 cup of water. Cook on high for about 3 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Remove meat from crock pot and shred. Drain liquid. 

In a food processor or blender, blend together 1/2 can of coke, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and remaining 1 cup brown sugar. Put pork back in crock pot. Cover with sauce. Cook on low heat for 2 hours.

Cilantro-Lime Rice:
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro

Combine rice, butter, garlic, lime juice, chicken broth, and water. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat. Combine remaining 1 Tbsp lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over rice and mix as you fluff rice.

Garlic Black Beans:
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup tomato juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

In a small saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, and cumin. Cook over medium heat until fragrant. Add black beans, tomato juice, and salt. Stir until heated through. Stir in cilantro just before serving.

Green Enchilada Sauce:
1 can diced green chiles
7 oz can salsa verde
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

To assemble burritos, place a scoop of pork, rice, and beans inside the tortilla. Top with monterey jack cheese. Roll up burrito tightly. Top with enchilada sauce and more cheese. Place in the oven at 450 until cheese is melted. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole.

Serves 8

Recipe adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

Past recipes:
One year ago: Pasta Fagioli Soup


Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

This looks so yummy!! Do you think it would work with tenderloin inside of the rib?

Mandy said...

Yeah, it would probably work with any kind of pork meat. The original recipe called for rib meat and I like using that because it's usually cheaper.

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joyce said...

Hey Mandy,
So...I made these a few days ago. Darin went coo coo. He loved them SO much!! Just thought I'd let you know... Thanks for the recipe!!

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Tiffany Farlow said...

On the ingredients for the sweet pork. Are you saying 3/4 of a 10 ounce can? Or 7.5 ounces?

Mandy said...

Yes, 3/4 of a 10 oz can.

Tiffany Farlow said...

Thanks! I'm going finish it later today. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tiffany Farlow said...

This was delicious! It was just like Costa Vida! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Mandy said...

I'm glad you liked it :)

Jessi said...

Is there anything I could substitute for the coke? Thanks.

Mandy said...

I'm not sure. I've never tried anything else. I've seen similar recipes where they've used root beer so you could try that if you don't want to use coke. The coke gives it a sweet flavor so it might be hard to substitute. You could try molasses but it will probably give it a different flavor. I hope that helps.

Sarah Jones said...

Would this work the same with a pound pork loin? I have one of those in my freezer right now, but not the ribs...

Mandy said...

Yes. I've used other kinds of pork meat and it works great.

daearl said...

Everything was spot on delicious. We moved away from Arizona 7 years ago and now we have one less reason to go back.


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