Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cafe Rio Dressing is the recipe you can now make at home. You won't believe how easy it is!

Cafe Rio Dressing Photo

Are you a fan of Café Rio? If you have one in your town or have ever been, then you know exactly what this recipe is. And I bet you're excited about it.

Café Rio has somewhat of a cult following, and there are copycat recipes all over the place for pretty much everything on their menu. Including these Café Rio chicken tostadas I made years ago!

But the Café Rio Dressing with tomatillos and cilantro is one of my favorite things there. It is pretty much the reason I order the salad every, single time.

The base of this Café Rio dressing is ranch. You can start with your favorite bottle of ranch dressing, or use the packet and follow the directions on the back, or make some from this homemade ranch dressing mix. 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. Dip your chips in it (my son does, so why not?). Put it on your salad, your tacos, your tostadas, baked chicken taquitos, nachos, burritos… do I really need to keep going?

Cafe Rio Dressing Picture

Café Rio dressing lasts in the fridge for about 2 weeks. It takes less than 10 minutes to throw everything in the blender and make the dressing. So mix up a batch at the beginning of the week, and you can have it all week long. Trust me, you will find all sorts of way to enjoy it.

I am working on a homemade version of Café Rio pork, and then I will be in heaven. I will be able to make my favorite salad or bowl any day of the week without having to drive across town and wait in the crazy lines that are always there! 

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Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe

  20 Servings


  • 2 cups Ranch Dressing
  • 2 medium Tomatillos, Husks removed
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Lime Juice
  • 1 jalapeños Jalapeño, Small, seeded


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Store in an air tight container, in fridge, for up to 2 weeks.


Cooking Method:
No Cook
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Recipe Yields:
2 1/2 cups
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Author: Erin S.
Recipe Yields: 2 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 20

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 179
Calories 119

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 195mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin S.

About Erin

Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?

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