Braised Short Rib Tacos

Braised Short Rib Tacos


  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, fat trimmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 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 dried cascabel chile peppers, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 large Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Poblano chilis
  • 2 Anaheim chilis
  • 1 bunch Green Onions
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup port
  • 12 sprigs thyme
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 diced chili in adobe sauce
  • Cilantro, queso sauce, pickled red onions and green chile relish
  • Tortillas
  • 4 limes
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pat the short ribs dry and season all over with salt and pepper. 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. Remove to a plate.

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. Blend the mixture and strain if desired.

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 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, 30 minutes.

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. 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 the heat and stir in 3 cups grated monterey jack and 1/4 cup grated parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Pickled Red Onions:

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 the green onions, poblano and anaheim peppers until charred on all sides; transfer to a bowl, cover and set aside, 10 minutes. Peel, seed and dice. Combine with cilantro, salt, pepper, and 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.

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