Sweet Pork - Fresh Mex

Total Time
4hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 hrs

This is a recipe for sweet pork that we like to eat in a burrito or taco. Try the cilantro lime rice in the burrito or as a side dish. This recipe comes from our favorite fresh mex restaurant Cafe Rio. It is pretty close to the real thing. We love it and everyone we serve it to asks for the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 -4 lbs pork roast or 3 -4 lbs pork loin
  • 14 teaspoon oregano
  • 14 teaspoon cumin
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • water, to cover
  • Sauce

  • 1 (14 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 34 cup Coca-Cola or 34 cup Dr. Pepper cola
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  1. Cut pork in large chunks. Put in large crock pot and add water just to cover. Add seasonings. Cut onion in 4 large pieces, crush garlic and add to water. Cook pork on low all day or on high for 3 to 4 hours, or until tender and pork pulls apart easily. Drain water and remove onions and garlic. Pull pork and return to crock pot.
  2. In a separate container mix enchilada sauce, soda and sugar. Add to pork in the crock pot. Cook 1 hour longer.
  3. We like to eat this with the Costco raw tortillas that you cook at home and serve the pork in a tortilla with beans and cilantro lime rice. The pork freezes well and can also be made a day in advance and kept in the fridge.
Most Helpful

I've tried a few different Cafe Rio sweet pork recipes and this is by far my favorite! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect and made a ton. I like the addition of the enchilada sauce.

sharonackerson March 23, 2009

Looks like we wont have to go out for Mexican food any time soon! We served it with cilantro rice in burritos. We will definitely be making this again soon. Thanks for posting.

Cadylynn July 09, 2008

This is awesome wrapped in a burrito. Had it with the cilantro lime rice as suggested.

Keolani June 27, 2008