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(Better than) Cafe Rio Tomatillo Dressing

There are several fast food chains doing the concept of “build your own” burrito. You have Chipotle, Costa Vida, Café Rio, Freebirds, Qdoba and probably a million other places. Where I live, I think it’s safe to say Café Rio reigns supreme.

Most people go crazy over the sweet pork at Café Rio. Not me though, I’m all in for the Creamy Tomatillo Dressing. (Their tortillas are also a top reason I like going there. SO GOOD!)

The dressing has a creamy, bright and tangy flavor which pairs well with so many things. It can top salads, go on tacos, be used to dip veggies in, go on top of eggs etc.

Anyway, this dressing is DELISH and I get a side of it no matter what entree I order. I usually get a quesadilla just so I can dip it in the dressing. I’m telling you, I REALLY like this stuff.

I’ve known for a while I wanted to make my own version of this sauce and I finally did it! It’s a bit thicker than theirs, and it definitely has ingredients in it Café Rio’s doesn’t have, but I like it better than theirs so I’m cool with it.

My Café Rio Tomatillo Dressing

Produces: about 2 cups/500mls of sauce


7oz(200g) plain yogurt (2%or higher)

4 tbsp buttermilk

3/ 4 cup fresh cilantro

2 limes

2 tomatillos

1 avocado

1 jalapeno

1 clove garlic

1 1/ 4 tsp sea salt


1. Juice limes, unwrap the tomatillos, destone and scoop out the avocado, and deseed the jalapeño.

2. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

3. Enjoy! To store, chill in refrigerator in an airtight container. (This dressing stayed good for me about two weeks in the refrigerator.)


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