Mexican Short Ribs
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If I was more organized one thing I would ensure is that I always have a lovely batch of Mexican style Short Ribs in my fridge / freezer. This beautifully rich and flavorful braised meat is so delicious and extremely versatile. It can form the base for so many beautiful, easy to prepare dishes such as burritos, empanadas, tacos, nachos and even a lovely topping for a salad.

These Braised Short Ribs are packed full of flavor and spice with the classic Mexican combination of Paprika, Cumin, Coriander and of course lots of Chilis. The secret to this beautiful dish is getting your hands on some good quality short ribs and some lovely chipotle chilis. The Chilis can either be fresh or canned, both serve this dish well and add different overall flavor profiles, the canned being slightly richer

Why does braised meat taste better the next day?

There is also something magical about the taste of beautifully slow cooked meat the day after it’s cooked. I don’t know what it is and I’m sure there is some scientific reasoning behind it but all I know is eating this dish the day after it’s cooked is even tastier! So, if you have the time and are a super organized planner, try cooking these ribs 1-2 days before you plan on eating them and you’ll be rewarded with an even more delicious result! The dish provides quite a high yield so you’ll have plenty of leftovers to freeze for later use

Mexican Short Ribs close up
A delicious bowl of tender Braised Short Ribs, spiced with beautiful Mexican Flavors

This is such an Easy Recipe. It takes a long time but requires very little work!

Our Mexican Short Ribs Recipe is the perfect dish to cook up on a lazy Sunday. The cooking time is 6 hours, so you’ll need to be prepared and start cooking pretty early on in the day to ensure you’re eating at a reasonable time! The good news however is, it requires just 15 minutes maximum of prep work. The rest of the time is just the meat tenderizing in the pot

This type of slow cooking is a favorite of ours. Not only does it require very little work which allows you to get along with your day. But, it also fills your house with the most wonderful aromas. So you can either spend the afternoon being productive. Or, like us, you can grab a bottle of wine and laze around smelling those delicious smells!

Recipe Details


6 – 8 people

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

6 hours

Total time

6 hours, 15 minutes

Mexican Short Ribs


  • 2.5 lbs. Beef Short Rib
  • ½ cup Chipotle Chilis, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp. Cumin
  • 2 tbsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp. Salt
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Red Wine
  • 2 cups of Beef Stock
  • Olive Oil


  1. Combine the Beef Short Ribs, Chipotle Chilis, Paprika, Cumin, Coriander Powder, Chili Powder, Lemon Juice, Salt, and Garlic with a splash of Olive Oil into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly then place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. You could also leave overnight to get more flavor into those Ribs
  2. Once at room temperature, place your Short Ribs in a Dutch Oven over medium heat and brown the Ribs. This should take about 2 minutes on each side. Remove Ribs from the Pan and set aside
  3. Add Red Onion to the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half then add Tomatoes, Tomato Paste and Beef Stock. Bring to a simmer then add the Short Ribs back to the pot
  4. Cover with a lid and place in an oven set to 300 degrees for 5 hours until the ribs are beautifully tender and can easily be broken up with a fork. Remove bones and the Cartlidge (which is not pleasant to eat) and discard. You can also slow cook on the stove top over low heat to achieve a similar result
  5. Set aside the ribs and, if you want a thicker sauce, place back on the stove top and reduce to get your desired consistency

Additional Recipes for Mexican Short Ribs

There are so many additional applications for this delicious braised beef. One of our favorites is using the beef in some yummy homemade Nachos, check out our recipe here

Another great recipe is the classic Californian Breakfast Burrito. Check out our recipe here!

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