Do you love Cafe Rio as much as I do? I LOVE their sweet pork salad and could eat that every day for lunch if I had the budget for that. Since that’s not really an option, I have relinquished the fact that making copy cat Cafe Rio recipes are almost just as good 🙂 Since I tend to always order pork when I am there, I wasn’t as familiar with their chicken options. That is, until a friend of mine gave me a copycat recipe for their shredded chicken. I decided to give it a try, added a few more seasonings, some lime, and I ended up loving the results! This shredded chicken, besides the fact it comes together in only a few minutes, is great on tacos, salads, burritos or I even added the leftover chicken into a Chicken Tortilla Soup. It was delicious every way we served it and this recipe will be making a reappearance on another busy night for sure!!


Shredded Chicken Cafe Rio Tacos
  1. 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 packet dry Italian Dressing Mix
  3. 1 Tbls. dry Ranch dressing mix
  4. 1 Tbls. paprika
  5. 1 tsp. chili powder
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. Dash cayenne pepper
  8. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  9. Juice of 1 lime
  10. 1 cup chicken broth
  11. Flour or corn tortillas
  12. Salsa or diced tomatoes
  13. Shredded Cheese
  14. Sour Cream
  15. Avocado, sliced
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  1. Place in a crock pot the chicken, dressing mixes, paprika, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, cayenne, garlic and broth. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours, or until chicken shreds easily. Once chicken can be shredded easily, remove the chicken from the crock pot and shred. Place the shredded chicken back in the juices and stir. Serve the shredded chicken over a salad, in a tortilla, in enchiladas or even chicken tortilla soup. The leftovers store great in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. Enjoy!
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