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In heaven I picture two things. My rodizio pinepple and my recipe for cafe rio pork. My hubby also puts these in the top two recipes I have made. I think the honey lime is a close third. 🙂 This pork has the best flavor to it. I have tried 5 different “cafe rio” recipes. One even had Coke in the recipe. They were ok, but the McCormick seasoning gives it the perfect sweet and tangy flavor that is awesome! I cook for a group of guys every week and this is the only thing they request. There are a few secrets to it, find good pork to cook. Wal-mart surprisingly has a big sealed pork shoulder roast. But the difference is, the meat looks whiter and not so fatty. Or even Costco. You have to buy the big sealed pork. I have cooked with a darker looking meat before and it doesn’t shred as well and isn’t as good. Also don’t buy the regular tortillas! Either buy the ones that are uncooked, or make your own! That is the trick to get the full cafe rio experience! I also made this with a side of my cornbread.

Storing Sweet Pork

This recipe makes a huge amount of meat! So, you will want to store what you don’t use right away to use all week in your tacos, nachos, or with a fresh salad! Here are my tips for how to properly store your pork so it will last as long as possible. 

  • Refrigerator: Place cooked pork in a shallow air-tight container or wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Your pork will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: If you can’t use up all this juicy meat in 5 days, place it in an airtight container (make sure that you label it with the date!) in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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{The BEST} Sweet Pork Tacos

By: Alyssa Rivers
This pork has the best flavor to it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 People



  • Add the pork to the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Pour in the enchilada sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, green chilies, and pork seasoning.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • Shred the meat and let the juices soak into the meat.
  • Serve in tortillas with your favorite taco toppings!


Calories: 327kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 39gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 710mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Your sweet pork tacos look so delicious! We would love to have you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday” and share this yummy recipe. We hope to see you there! -The Sisters

  2. Those look so good! Thanks so much for joining in the bloglovin blog hop. I’m a new follower. I host a weekly link party on Wednesdays and I’d love for you to join in.

  3. Looks just great. I managed to miss the cut off for the linky this time …sigh. Have a super week.