Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/4 cup 59ml Olive oil

  2. 5 lbs 2270g / 80oz Bone-in beef short ribs

  3. 3/4 teaspoon 3.8ml Freshly-ground black pepper - divided, or 1 1/2 teaspoons 7 1/2ml Salt - divided, or More to taste

  4. 2 1/2 cups 156g / 5 1/2oz Sliced yellow onion

  5. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Achiote paste

  6. 4 Peeled garlic cloves

  7. 2 Dried Oaxaca avocado leaves - torn into pieces

  8. 2 bay leaves

  9. 1 Pasilla chile - seeded, stem

  10. 1 Guajillo chile - seeded, stem

  11. 2 Ancho chiles - seeded, stems

  12. 1 Chipotle chile - seeded, stem

  13. Removed, torn into pieces

  14. 1 1/2 cups 93g / 3 1/3oz Chopped tomatoes

  15. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Whole coriander seeds

  16. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Whole fennel seeds

  17. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Whole mustard seeds

  18. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Whole cumin seeds

  19. 1/4 cup 27g / 1oz Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  20. 1 Cinnamon stick - (abt 1/2")

  21. 1 cup 237ml Red wine

  22. 2 cups 474ml Water

  23. 2 cups 474ml Chicken stock

  24. 1 cup 237ml Veal or beef stock

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees.

  2. In a large heavy Dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the ribs with one-half teaspoon salt and one-half teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Brown the ribs on all sides, in batches if necessary, about 15 minutes. Remove the ribs from pan and place in a bowl. Turn off the heat and carefully pour out half of the fat.

  3. Turn the heat to medium. Add the onions, garlic, avocado leaves and chiles. Break up the achiote paste and sprinkle it over the onion. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until onion is very soft. Add the tomatoes, coriander, fennel, mustard, cumin and pumpkin seeds and the cinnamon stick. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

  4. Add the red wine and reduce to almost dry, about 5 minutes. Add the ribs, water, and chicken and veal stock. Stir and cover with a tight-fitting lid.

  5. Braise the ribs in the oven for 3 hours. Remove the pan from the oven, carefully remove the lid and check texture of the ribs with tongs. If the ribs are soft to the touch they are finished; if they are still a little tough, replace the lid and cook for another 30 minutes.

  6. Place the ribs in a serving casserole and cover to keep warm. Pour the braising liquid into a bowl and spoon off the layer of fat. Pour into a blender in batches and carefully puree the braising liquid. (Be careful when blending hot liquids; place a kitchen towel over the top of the blender to catch any spatters.) Add a teaspoon of salt and one-fourth teaspoon pepper to sauce or more to taste. Pour sauce over the ribs. Serve with mashed potatoes or creamy polenta.

  7. This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

  8. Each serving: 486 calories ; 38 grams protein; 28 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams fiber; 23 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 91 mg. cholesterol; 704 mg. sodium.


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