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Smothered sweet pork burrito on a white plate with a bite on a fork

Smothered Sweet Pork Burrito

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  • Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 burritos 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 pounds pork roast like pork shoulder or butt roast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 (15-ounce each) cans green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, grated (or a combination)
  • 810 whole wheat or white flour tortillas, burrito-size

Cilantro Rice:

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons chicken boullion granules (or 4 cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups minute rice

Cafe Rio Dressing:

  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 small tomatillos, husks removed and cut in half
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic



  1. Trim any large fat pockets from the pork roast. Cut the pork into 2-3 large pieces and season each piece on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until hot. Add all the pieces of pork and brown on each side, 2-3 minutes total. Transfer the pork to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  3. Add the liquid smoke and 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  4. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred. In a large bowl, toss the shredded pork with the brown sugar, 1/2 cup of the green sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper (add more salt and pepper to taste if needed).
  5. Stir in the beans, rice and cilantro to the pork mixture.
  6. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and spread about 1/2 of the green sauce on the bottom.
  7. Warm the tortillas lightly in the microwave. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the meat mixture into each tortilla and sprinkle with a bit of cheese (make sure you save some cheese for the top of all the burritos before they bake). Roll up burrito style (folding the ends in and rolling).
  8. Place the burritos seam-side down in the prepared baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the burritos and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until heated through and the top is bubbly and slightly golden. Serve immediately.

Cilantro Rice:

  1. Blend the cilantro, green chilis and garlic together in a food processor or blender.
  2. In a medium saucepan stir together the green chili/cilantro mixture, water, and rice. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. (This can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to assemble the burritos.)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle over cooked burritos if desired.


  • The only thing I would do differently next time is leave out some of the rice, maybe a cup or so. The pork to rice ratio was a little heavy on the rice I thought. The recipe over at Mel’s Kitchen called for 6-8 tortillas, but I ended up getting more like 10-12 and I filled mine pretty full. If you end up leaving a little bit of the rice out, you will probably be able to still fill 8-10 tortillas.
  • Also, we pour the Cafe Rio creamy tomatillo dressing on everything we ever order from there so I made a batch and we drizzled it over our burritos. . . absolutely scrumptious so I’ve included my favorite copy cat version of the Cafe Rio dressing.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Category: Main Dishes