Food Knock Offs Main Course

Cafe Rio Chicken Tacos

March 31, 2014

Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken Tacos


Ironically our family eats them so often that ‘taco’ was picked up as one of Beck’s first words. See, what I mean? Taco ’bout big fans. One of our favorite taco joints is a west-coast chain called, Cafe Rio. When we had THIS picnic, my goal was to replicate their shredded chicken tacos (seeing as shipping a to-go order overnight wasn’t an option) — homemade tortillas and tomatillo ranch, made them a close second to the real deal! We added a few extra toppings: fresh salsa, queso fresco, shredded romaine lettuce, and a squirt of fresh lime!

The best part? It’s a crock-pot meal that can cook while you’re away or playing outdoors!



  • Reply jaclyn March 31, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    mm this looks delish! thanks for sharing the recipe. When do you take the chicken out to shred? after 3 hours?

    • Reply missy March 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      At 3 hours, remove the bay leaves but let the chicken continue cooking for another 3-5 hours on low.

  • Reply Liz March 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Oh yum! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since you posted your picnic!!

  • Reply Amee March 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    LOVE Cafe Rio! And now I love YOU more for sharing this recipe! I know what lll be making this weekend!!

  • Reply Beth March 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Your recipes are always my families favorites! Can’t wait to to add this one to our menu this week!

  • Reply Mackenzie March 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my! Those look delicious.

  • Reply Michelle March 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    These look incredible! These will probably be on the menu tonight =)

  • Reply Melissa April 1, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Love cafe rio! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Michelle April 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Yum! What kind of chicken breasts did you use, bone in or boneless? Thanks!

  • Reply Brigette April 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you for this! Looks so good and easy!

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