21 Freezer Meals from 1 Slow Cooker Sesh!

The husband and I love Mexican food. It’s basically all we want to eat. Our favorite is CAFE RIO. The most delicious restaurant on the planet in my humble opinion. If you don’t have one near you, I’m sorry! Try this pork recipe and taste a little bit of the goodness! Now, we don’t get so ambitious as to try to re-create a whole meal from Cafe Rio at home since by the time we bought everything we need we might as well have just gone down the street and eaten it there. Plus, getting yelled at in Spanish is fun. If we move somewhere that there is no Cafe Rio though (I don’t want to think about it) I’m sure I will try that.


Anyway, on to the point. You guys, I’m not fibbing about how many meals you will get out of this. This is my favorite freezer cooking option, that I find myself making every time we run out. The recipe is a copycat Sweet Pork Barbacoa from this blog (bless them!) and it tastes almost the same as Cafe Rio, and can be made in the slow cooker! It’s so easy. The only thing you have to do is switch the marinade out a couple of times and then shred it. The recipe makes 2 lbs of pork but I prefer to make a quadruple batch and freeze it in small snack size and quart size ziploc bags for delicious and convenient weeknight dinners. I know pork alone doesn’t seem like a whole meal, but to me it takes away the hard part. All you need now is a tortilla or some lettuce, cheese, salsa and you’re good to go. None of that stuff is time consuming. It’s so good, and can be used in so many different dishes we NEVER get sick of it. Try a salad, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, it’s all good!

The snack sized bags hold what I think is the perfect portion for one person, one quesadilla, two tacos, one salad. The quart sized bags hold about three portions, which is perfect for me and husband because he eats two and I eat one.

In order to quadruple the recipe, I just kind of wing it with the proportions but here is a recipe conversion calculator if you are a perfectionist.

If you like this post, you might also enjoy:

Bacon Breakfast Burritos
The Perfect Freezable Meatball
10 Freezer Meals in 2 Hours!
Healthy Freezer Breakfast Cookies 
Freezing Pancakes 

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    Mel J

    I have included some links to your freezer meal posts in my latest blog post. I am new to it all but have been stocking up our freezer ready for our new baby.http://melgetsscrappy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/freezer-meals-for-frugal.html

    Michelle's Tasty Creations

    So unfair! The closest Cafe Rio is about 400 miles away :( But I do love a good shredded pork recipe in the crock pot and I love to cook so I guess I’ll just have to make it myself :) This looks super delish and I love that it can be frozen after it’s cooked for quick weeknight meals. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week. Have a great week.

    chica chocolatina

    I love barbacoa!, this looks really good!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    That looks delicious!!

    Simplee Sue

    Looks and sounds like a good recipe. Thank you for sharing at the party.


    Sarah, I tried this recipe and your tips for freezing it. It is so good! (and so easy, which is important too). The whole family loves it. Thanks for sharing


    I NEED this! we love love love mexican food!


    Oh, I am going to try this! I just ate at Cafe Rio last weekend!! I was visiting a friend in SLC!! I so wish they had one here in Oregon. Thanks for sharing!!