Shredded Mexican Chicken [Cafe Rio Style]

Shredded Mexican Chicken [Cafe Rio Style]


I LOVE Cafe Rio.  And Costa Vida.  And Chipotle.

Each for different reasons.

But truth be told… I’ve never had anything chicken at any of them because I love their sweet pork and I always order a sweet pork salad.

So I guess it’s pretty funny that I’m posting a shredded chicken recipe and saying it’s Cafe Rio style when I don’t even know if that’s true.

But whatever.

It’s delicious and the recipe that I have says it’s Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken.

So I make it and it all gets gobbled up by everyone that’s around because it’s seasoned just right and super tasty on salads, tacos, quesadillas, in a bowl with cheese melted on top, or eaten straight out of the serving dish.

We love drizzling our tacos with this Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Shredded Mexican Chicken [Cafe Rio Style]

I think it would be delicious on these French Bread Rolls, too.

Shredded Mexican Chicken [Cafe Rio Style]

Shredded Mexican Chicken [Cafe Rio Style]


  • 4 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 packets Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • {EITHER THIS}, which I prefer
  • 2 packets Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • {OR THIS}
  • 2 cups Zesty Italian Dressing


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a crock pot. {Chicken breasts can be placed in the crock pot frozen.}
  2. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8 hours. {I cook it overnight.}
  3. Remove the chicken to a plate or dish to slightly cool before shredding.
  4. Shred and return to the juices in the crock pot.
  5. Serve warm.


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One Response to Shredded Mexican Chicken [Cafe Rio Style]

  1. Shanice August 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

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