Chipotle-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 25m
Ready In

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Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (541.1 g)
  • Calories 815.3
  • Total Fat - 58.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 22.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 193.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1120.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.4 g
  • Sugars - 7.3 g
  • Protein - 58.5 g
  • Calcium - 77.8 mg
  • Iron - 6.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 52.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown beef short ribs evenly. Remove from stockpot; season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Add onion to stockpot; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, poblano peppers and chipotle peppers. Return beef to stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover tightly and cook 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or until beef is for-tender. Remove beef; keep warm. Skim fat from liquid.

Step 3

To serve, spoon liquid over beef. Sprinkle with chopped onion and cilantro garnish with lime wedges and season to taste with salt and pepper.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Be sure to use boneless beef short ribs for this recipe.
  • For the chipotle peppers, look for canned peppers in adobo sauce.

  • Instead of vegetable oil, use olive oil for a richer flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds a more robust flavor to the dish and can provide additional health benefits.
  • Instead of white onion, use red onion for a sweeter flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds a sweetness to the dish that complements the chipotle peppers and helps to balance out the flavors.

Chipotle-Braised Pork Short Ribs Replace the beef short ribs with pork short ribs. Increase the cooking time to 3-4 hours or until the pork is fork-tender.

Mexican Rice - This simple Mexican-style rice is the perfect accompaniment to the Chipotle-Braised Beef Short Ribs. It's made with long-grain white rice, garlic, onion, tomatoes, and spices. The flavors of the Mexican Rice will complement the chipotle and tomato flavors of the ribs, creating a delicious meal.

: Refried Beans:

Refried beans are a great accompaniment to the Mexican Rice and Chipotle-Braised Beef Short Ribs. They are a delicious blend of pinto beans cooked with garlic and onion, and then mashed and simmered in a flavorful broth. The creamy and savory flavors of the refried beans will add a nice contrast to the spicy Chipotle-Braised Beef Short Ribs, creating a delicious and balanced meal.


Q: How long should the beef cook?

A: The beef should cook for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or until it is fork-tender.

Q: What temperature should the beef be cooked at?

A: The beef should be cooked at 350°F.

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Fun facts:

The chipotle pepper in this recipe is a smoked jalapeño pepper, which was originally used by the Aztecs and Mayans to preserve food.

This recipe is reminiscent of the famous Mexican dish, Barbacoa, which is a slow-cooked beef dish that originated in the Caribbean and was brought to Mexico by the Spanish in the 16th century.