Cafe Rio dressing – A homemade version of the Cafe Rio tomatillo dressing. So good, and great for topping just about anything!
Have you ever been to Cafe Rio? It is one of my favorite places to meet a friend for lunch. They are a quick service Mexican restaurant and have the best salads, tacos and burritos. My staple order is a Taco Salad with the Cafe Rio Sweet Pork and then this Cafe Rio house dressing on the side. It is massive and more than I can eat in one sitting, but it is so good. And dipping the tortilla in this dressing might be my favorite part.
When you go to Cafe Rio they have two dressing choices, this creamy tomatillo dressing or a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette that is also very good. But I am partial to the tomatillo dressing, it is just so tangy and full of flavor. It is great to dip chips in, use as a salad dressing or even as a sauce for tacos. It is down right addicting, you are going to be coming up with all sorts of ways to use it!
The base of this Café Rio dressing is ranch. You can start with your favorite bottle of ranch dressing and then you just dress it up with cilantro, tomatillos and a few other ingredients. The result is a super creamy, slightly spicy, tangy dressing that is prefect for just about anything.
How to Make Cafe Rio Dressing
This recipe is pretty darn simple, hopefully will be able to follow along with the instructions.
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor.
- Process until smooth.
That is it, you are done. The blender does all the work, so you really can make this in about 10 minutes. I like to roughly chop some of the ingredients before adding them to the blender to make sure it gets nice and smooth. But it really is ready in no time!
Store the dressing in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. Shake or stir well before serving, but it will last and be great for just about anything you want to serve it with.
You can find tomatillos in the produce are of your grocery store. They are usually near the jalapenos and other peppers. They are the size of a small tomato, but green and have a husk on the outside. To use them, just remove the husk and wash them. There will be a sticky residue after you take the husk off, just rinse that off. We love the flavor of them, and they are a big part of my Pesole recipe, if you are looking for more ways to use them.
There are quite a few restaurants that have a similar dressing to this, so if you have tried it somewhere and liked it, this is probably really close to what you had. It couldn’t be faster to make, and makes enough to have on hand for awhile, so pick up what you need and make your own Cafe Rio meal at home!
More Great Copycat Recipes to try
- Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
- Panera Mac and Cheese
- Granite City Idaho Nachos
- Chili’s Salsa
- Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- Olive Garden Breadsticks
- Chicken Fil-A Chicken Nuggets
- 2 cups ranch dressing
- 2 medium tomatillos, husks removed
- ½ cup cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
- Store in an air tight container, in fridge, for up to 2 weeks.
Amount Per Serving Calories 105Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 6mgSodium 217mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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