Beef Short Rib Nachos
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Such a comforting food is the good old plate of Nachos. This recipe kicks the classic Nacho recipe up a few notches by utilizing our amazing Mexican Short Ribs as the meat. You can find the Beef Short Rib Recipe here, just be aware it’s a slow cooked recipe so best to prepare the night before! So, if you’ve got a party, perhaps a football game on TV with some buddies make sure you prepare the meat sauce the night before. This Beef Short Rib Nachos recipe is worth the effort, trust us!

This recipe is scalable to the occasion, as there will likely be a lot of Short Ribs leftover by following our recipe. So, it’s just as perfect a dish for dinner by itself as much as it is for a party with friends. It’s also brilliant as leftovers for lunch. Honestly, you can even have it for breakfast, and it’ll go down a treat. Just add a couple of eggs on there and you’re all set! This recipe is for a 2 person portion of beautiful Beef Short Rib Nachos

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Follow these golden rules to ensure the best ever Beef Short Rib Nachos

The two golden rules of good Nachos

Rule number 1: The Nachos should be layered as they are built. I don’t just want to have a massive pile of corn chips on the plate with the beautiful cheese and meat simply placed on top. Layer the Nachos as you are building them similarly to how you’d make a lasagna. Layers of Cheese and meat wedged in between corn chips ensures every bite until the end is delicious

Rule number 2: Quantity control is everything with Nachos. Make sure there is an ample portion of meat and cheese in your Nachos. The worst plates of Nachos are the ones where it’s 80% corn chips and 20% everything else. You can always add more more chips, that’s easy. Load those Nachos up with all the good stuff! At most, 50% of the plate should be Corn Chips

How to make the Beef Short Ribs for this amazing Nachos Recipe

The key to this dish is those amazing Beef Short Ribs. Now a word of warning in advance, these Beef Short Ribs take quite a while to cook. About 6 hours in fact, from start to finish. Therefore, if you’ve stumbled across this recipe looking for a quick and easy Nacho recipe, unfortunately this may not be for you

However.. If you are prepared to invest some time to create the most succulent, juicy, and flavorful Beef Short Ribs you’ve ever eaten then this is the recipe for you! Trust us when we say this, you’re not going to find a Beef filling for Nachos that taste as good as these do

For our full Mexican Beef Short Rib recipe, head here. We’ll outline briefly below how to make this wonderful ingredient; however, we highly encourage you to check out the page to get the full download on this awesome dish. Make it, and then with the leftovers you can create these tasty Beef Short Rib Nachos

It’s all about slowly braising the Short Ribs to maximize tenderness and flavor

By far and away the best method for preparing Beef Short Ribs is to slowly braise them. The slow braise will gradually break down the fibers in the Beef until it is pull-apart tender. Therefore, to make this wonderful dish start by sourcing ingredients for a wonderful braising Liquid. For our dish we use a combination of Carrots, Onions, Celery and Garlic, along with some Thyme and Rosemary

To the Vegetables we include a delicious and classic Mexican spice mix of Coriander Powder, Cumin, and Smoked Paprika. Add a little bit of Tomato Paste in the Braise as well to thicken things up slightly

Beef Short Rib Nachos loaded with Beef
Our Beef Short Rib Nachos Recipe is so irresistible. How could you say no to a bite like this?

For the liquids, a combination of good quality Beef Broth (we always recommend making your own homemade Broth), and Red Wine. You can go truly authentic and try and source Mexican Red Wine (yes, it does exist!), or simply go with some decent quality Red Wine that you would typically drink yourself

Once the Beef Short Ribs are browned, you build the braising liquid in the classic method. Slowly sweating off the vegetables then adding the liquids and aromatics. The Short Ribs go back into the pub, submerged by the liquid. Lid goes on, then all you need to do is wait around for about 6 hours until ready!

The Beef will be so tender and delicious. Simply perfect for adding to a variety of awesome Mexican dishes including your very own Homemade Beef Short Rib Nachos!

Ingredients for the Nachos Toppings

For the Nachos themselves, we’re not going to be super fussy about what ingredients we recommend you can and can’t use. You’re the expert of your own palate and when it comes to Nachos, personalization is always best

We like the classic combination of Pico de Gallo, and Homemade Guacamole, and some good quality melting cheese in our Nachos. The role of the toppings is to compliment flavors and textures, but ultimately the star of the dish is those Short Ribs

So, you can stick with the classic approach to Nachos, or go crazy and add your own toppings. So long as you’ve prepared these wonderful Braised Beef Short Ribs, it’s going to be one of the best Nacho bites you’ve ever eaten. Guaranteed!

Recipe Details


2 people

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Total time

20 minutes

Note: Preparation time does not include the time to cook the Mexican Short Ribs, which is best to cook the day prior

Beef Short Rib Nachos Recipe


  • 1 lb. prepared Mexican Short Ribs – click here for recipe
  • ½ a bag of Plain Corn Chips (if using pre prepared)
  • 8 Corn Tortillas (If making the chips yourself)
  • ½ a Jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 Avocado, halved and seeded
  • 2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes, diced
  • ½ a Red Onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Limes
  • 2 Cups Melting Cheese (eg: Queso Asadero), grated
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • Salt


  1. The first step is to create a simple Pico De Gallo, otherwise known simply as a fresh tomato salsa. Combine the Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Cilantro into a small bowl along with the Juice of 1 lime and a tsp of Salt. Mix thoroughly and set aside
  2. Set your Oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking tray with non-stick aluminum foil. Place half of the Corn Chips in the middle of the tray, forming a tight circle
  3. Place half the Grated Cheese on top of the Chips, then cover with half of the Short Ribs. If you like you can also add some of the Pico De Gallo and Jalapeños on top
  4. Add the remaining layer of Chips on top, then add your final layer of Cheese, Beef, Pico de Gallo, and Jalapeños then cook in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the Cheese has melted and started to turn slightly darker
  5. While the Nachos are cooking prepare a basic batch of Guacamole by combining the meat of 1 Avocado with the Juice of 1 lime and a tsp of Salt. Mash thoroughly either with a Potato Masher or with the back of a fork until a smooth consistency
  6. Remove the Nachos from the oven and carefully transfer to a large serving plate. Best to do this with a large spatula. Doesn’t matter if some bits come off, just add them back to the Nachos on the serving plate! The melted cheese should hopefully keep the structure together
  7. Serve along with a bowl of Guacamole and a bowl of Sour Cream. You could either serve these separately or simply spoon on top of the Nachos depending on your preference

There you have it. Delicious Beef Short Rib Nachos good for a heart dinner, an easy lunch or to serve a party. Enjoy!

Optional Step

If you are making your own Chips from scratch follow this simple guide.  Cut your Tortillas into 8 pieces each so they form triangle wedges. Heat a shallow amount of frying oil (eg: Canola or Vegetable Oil) in a large frypan. Once the Oil is around 370 degrees, carefully fry the Tortilla.

Be careful to not overload the pan otherwise the Oil temperature will drop. Best to cook in batches. Once complete, drain the chips and immediately season with Salt

There are a couple of classic Sides that you know go great with Nachos. We’ve got a whole bunch of em, but here are some of our absolute favorites to pair with these amazing Beef Short Rib Nachos

Happy Cooking!

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