Originally published on Food and Fond Memories on August 9, 2011 by sandyaxelrod 4 Comments (Edit)

When I transferred all of my old posts to this new blog I remembered how delicious these Red Chile Short Rib Tacos were and had to share this with you again. And for those of you new to my blog you are in for a treat! I adapted the recipe from a recipe of my fave chef Bobby Flay that had been in Food Network Magazine way back in 2011. The short ribs were so tender and literally the meat fell off the bones. Enjoy. I know you will.

A multicolored plate piled high with tender cooked short ribs for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

A Mountain of Yummy, Fall off the Bone Short Ribs Just Out of the Oven

A white plate with bone in short ribs that are seasoned with salt and pepper for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos. In the upper right is a pair of red handled tongs

Seasoned Short Ribs Ready to be Seared

An Dutch Oven with three short ribs being seared for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

Searing the Short Ribs in the Dutch Oven

A multicolored striped plate with seared short ribs for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos. Assorted condiment dishes in background.

First Batch of Seared Short Ribs

Cooked bone in short ribs for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos fill the entire photo.

A Huge Mound of Seared Short Ribs

A great taco is not just about taste but texture as well. To quote my BF (that’s Bobby Flay of course) “It’s got to have crunch!” And these tacos, which were the beef option in my trio of tacos, were a perfect example. The melt in your mouth short ribs filled crisp tortilla shells along with queso sauce, pickled red onions and green chile relish creating contrasts of both flavor and texture in every bite. I was certainly glad that I had decided to make the short ribs way in advance of the party because they were an all day project. Especially making such a large quantity for a party of 22 guests. Since all of my shopping for our party was completed a week before the event I started my cooking on Sunday. I had chosen the short ribs to make first because I knew they would take the longest of any of the other recipes. There is just no way around it, short ribs need to cook for hours to make them tender and succulent. Even though I have a very large 7 quart Dutch oven I was searing off about seven pounds of short ribs so I needed to do them in batches making sure not to crowd the pan because I wanted to get a really nice crust on the outside. If the meat was too close together it would steam instead of browning. So after heating my oven to 350F I patted all that beautiful meat nice and dry and seasoned it all over with a generous amount of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. I heated some canola oil in my Dutch oven and seared off all of those bad boys. Once that was done I literally had a mountain of meat on a plate anxiously waiting to be returned to the pot and placed in the oven for a long two and a half hour nap. In the meantime I simmered and steeped my stock with assorted chiles. I also prepared my braising liquid for the short ribs which was redolent with garlic, onion, red wine, port, thyme, and the chile-stock mixture. Then ever so methodically I returned the short ribs to the pot making sure that I could fit every last one in and not make the pot overflow. Whew. It was close. I put the lid on the pot and then hoisted it off the stove and into the preheated oven. It’s just a good thing that I work out with heavy weights on a regular basis because that pot must have weighed about 25 pounds with everything in it. Shredding the meat after it cooled was no easy feat either. Actually the hardest part was not eating it all up while I was shredding. It was so amazingly delicious it was almost impossible to keep from nibbling. I must say that whenever I prepare a recipe of Bobby’s for the first time I am always impressed with his culinary genius. He truly is a brilliant chef. His recipes are spot on and most definitely palate pleasing.

A steel stock pot filled with stock and assorted chiles for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

Assorted Chiles Steeping in Stock

A deep red enameled Dutch oven with chopped onions and garlic caramelizing and being stirred with a wooden spoon for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

Onions and Garlic Cooking in the Dutch Oven

A deep red enameled Dutch oven with wine, Port and Chile stock for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

Wine, Port and Chile Stock Added to the Pot

A deep red enameled Dutch oven with white interior filled with deep brown braising liquid, red chiles and thyme sprigs for the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

The Braising Liquid After the Short Ribs have Cooked

A plastic container filled with shredded meat for Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

Shredded Short Rib Meat with Sauce Ready for Serving or the Freezer

A glass bowl sitting on a butcher block and filled with chopped cilantro, red bell peppers and green chiles with a serving spoon standing up in the salsa. The salsa will accompany the Red Chile Short Rib Tacos.

Green Chile Relish for My Red Chile Short Rib Tacos


Red Chile Short Rib Tacos

  • Author: Sandy Axelrod adapted from Bobby Flay's in Food Network Magazine May 2011
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Meat
  • Method: Braising
  • Cuisine: Southwestern


For the Short Ribs:

3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs

 (look for the ones that are long strips with several bones)

1/4 cup canola oil

3 cups chicken stock

2 dried ancho chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

2 dried New Mexico chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

4 cascabel chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

1 large Spanish onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, smashed

1 cup dry red wine

1/2 cup port

12 sprigs thyme

16 hard corn taco shells

Cilantro, queso sauce, pickled red onions, and green chile relish for topping (Recipes in Notes!)


1.  Preheat the oven to 350F. Pat the short ribs dry and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat the canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown the short ribs on both sides, about 8 minutes total each batch. Remove to a plate.

2.  Meanwhile, combine the stock and dried chiles in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and let steep, 15 minutes.

3.  Discard all but 3 tablespoons oil from the Dutch oven. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes; add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Pour in the red wine and port and simmer, stirring, until almost completely reduced, about 12 minutes. Add the thyme and the chile-stock mixture; bring to a simmer and return the short ribs to the pot. Cover, transfer to the oven and cook until the meat is tender, about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

4.  Remove the short ribs to a bowl; shred the meat from the bone. Strain the cooking liquid into a degreasing cup and pour off the excess fat. Pour the remaining liquid into a skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the meat and toss to coat. Fill the taco shells with the meat; top with cilantro, queso sauce, pickled onions and chile relish.


Queso Sauce

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in 1 tablespoon flour; cook 1 minute. Slowly whisk in 1 1/4 cups warmed whole milk; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 3 cups grated monterey jack and 1/4 cup grated parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Pickled Red Onion

Bring 3/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup each red wine vinegar and sugar, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and let cool, 5 minutes. Toss with 1 thinly sliced red onion in a bowl; cover and chill at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally.


Green Chile Relish

Broil or grill 2 poblano chile peppers until charred on all sides; transfer to a bowl, cover and set aside, 10 minutes. Peel, seed and dice. Combine with 4 diced jarred piquillo peppers, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons canola oil, the juice of 1 lime, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper in a bowl; let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.

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