Restaurant Recipes

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

Cafe Rio is an amazingly popular Mexican restaurant in Utah and is now moving into Arizona and other western states. The cornerstone of their popularity is this dressing. We're all addicted to it. It's wonderful on fajita salads, slathered on top of hot Mexican dishes or even as a veggie dip. I've been known to eat fresh tortillas dipped in the dressing. It doesn't matter what you put with it - it's all about the dressing. This is my copy-cat version of it, and it's pretty darn close to the real thing. ~ Cynthia

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  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package buttermilk Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 tomatillos


  1. Peel husk from tomatillos, wash, cut into quarters. Cut jalapenos in half, seed, Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray, then place jalapeno and tomatillos on it. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes until they are soft and slightly charred. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender, mix buttermilk, mayonnaise, dressing mix, cilantro, garlic and lime. Squeeze roasted tomatillo quarters to remove most of the liquid and seeds. Add tomatillos and jalapenos to the blender and puree. Chill for an hour.


Tip: if you don't squeeze most of the liquid from the tomatillos, your dressing will be too runny and too many crunchy seeds will ruin the texture - a few are fine but you don't want them all.


This is a clone recipe.


Shared with Recipe Goldmine by Cynthia.

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