Drunken Short Ribs with Tomato-Chili and a Lime Slaw from Chef Nancy Oakes

Chef Nancy Oakes shares her stick-to-the-ribs taco recipe with tender beef and flavorful toppings.
By Nancy Oakes

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Drunken Short Ribs with Tomato-Chili and a Lime Slaw from Chef Nancy Oakes
Chef Nancy Oakes shares her stick-to-the-ribs taco recipe with tender beef and flavorful toppings. Prepared in an All-Clad Dutch Oven.
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Serves: 10-13 servings
  • 8 lbs. beef chuck short ribs, boneless
  • 6 dried New Mexico chiles
  • 12 roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1 7 oz can of chipotle pepper in salsa adobo
  • 2 yellow onions quartered
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 T. dried oregano
  • 2 t. cumin seed, toasted
  • 2 T. coriander seed, toasted
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 bunch cilantro, sprigs picked from the stems and stems reserved
  • ¼ c. oil
  • 1 btl. Repanso Tequila
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cabbage Lime Slaw
  • ½ head green cabbage, sliced very thinly
  • ½ head napa cabbage, sliced very thinly
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced very thinly
  • 2 julienned jalapenos, seed removed
  • Pickled cilantro leaves
  • 1–2 ea. Juice of limes
  • 1–2 t. salt
  • 2 T. sugar
To Serve
  • Corn tortillas, queso fresco, diced avocado seasoned with lime and salt
Tomato-Chili Sauce
  1. Wipe clean the dried chilies and remove the stems, seed and veins.
  2. Toast the chilies in a medium hot oven for a minute or two until they just start to change color, remove stems and seeds.
  3. Soak the toasted chilies in water for at least 30 minutes, drain and reserve the soaking water.
  4. In a spice grinder, add the toasted cumin and coriander seeds. Grind into a fine powder.
  5. In a blender, add the soaked chilies, tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cilantro stems.
  6. Add about 1 cup of the reserved soaking liquid and blend, add more liquid if necessary to obtain a very smooth & thick consistency.
  7. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
Drunken Beef
  1. Blot the short ribs dry with a paper towel and season well with salt.
  2. Heat the dutch oven over medium high heat, add the oil and wait until it shimmers.
  3. Add the short ribs and brown on all sides, be patient, this will take a few minutes per side.
  4. Once the beef is browned, remove and set aside.
  5. Remove all but 4T. of oil from the pot and return to medium heat, add the reserved tomato-chili sauce, bring to a simmer and stir frequently, about 3–4 minutes.
  6. Stir in the tequila, and then return short ribs to pot.
  7. Cover and place in 325°F oven.
  8. Cook for 2 hours, turning the short ribs over every once in a while.
  9. At 2 hours remove the lid, return to the oven to cook for ½ hour.
  10. This will reduce the sauce and deepen the color.
  11. Check for doneness by piercing the roast with a thin knife or fork.
  12. Once there is no resistance in the center, remove from the oven.
  13. Let cool in sauce.
  14. Degrease the sauce by ladling off any excess oil at the top.
  15. Adjust seasoning.
  16. To server remove the beef from the sauce, gently pull the warm beef apart with two forks, pour the warm tomato-chili sauce over the pulled beef.
Cabbage Lime Slaw
  1. Toss everything together and serve immediately or drain before serving if made ahead. Adjust seasoning.
To Serve
  1. Place a generous spoonful of meal and sauce on a warm corn tortilla. Sprinkle with warm queso fresco and diced avocado, top with a pinch of slaw.
  2. Serve to friends with more tequila.

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