Braised Beef Short Ribs are such a warming, rich comfort food, as well as being low carb and keto! Add a Mexican flair to them and you have a flavor-intense dinner that will make those cold winter evenings feel like a reward!Jump to Recipe
What Type of Meat are Short Ribs?
Beef short ribs are similar to pork “spare ribs”, except they are usually larger and meatier; and they come from a cow rather than a pig of course.
The photo above is the dish I made with standard beef short ribs. I have made this dish with the boneless type of beef short ribs also (aka country-style ribs) and it was great both ways.
Beef short ribs are best braised, stewed or slow-cooked in liquid over low heat in order to yield tender meat.
Short ribs are high fat, but then if you are on a keto or low carb diet, that is often desirable. The boneless country style ribs have less fat if that is your preference.
Sides to Pair with Braised Short Ribs
My favorite pairinng with these short ribs is to serve them on a bed of orzo. Alternatively rice or any other pasta would work. I also like a dollop of sour cream on top, especially if it is too spicy.
All of the various greens make a great vegetable side dish (and they pack the highest nutritional punch with the lowest level of carbs).
Greens would include such veggies as spinach, chard, mustard greens, collard greens, swiss chard, salad greens, etc.) Here is an easy recipe for Korean spinach and a few other great side dishes that you may want to try.
Bok Choy and Asian greens are especially good companion side dishes, as they add a clean, slightly bitter note to go with the rich, fatty short ribs. Here is an easy recipe for bok choy.
Can They be Made in an Instant Pot?
I use my instant pot a lot, and basically anything that takes a long cooking time can be made within a shorter time in a pressure cooker without a loss of flavor. That said, I have not made these short ribs in an Instant pot, so I can’t tell you 100% that they would be as robust in flavor.
I’m sure the ribs would be as tender, and I’m guessing the flavor would be as robust. Just make sure you fully braise the ribs first, and then give it a fairly long cook time (I’d start with an hour).
Add a Mexican Flair to Braised Short Ribs
Adding some complex, smoky chile spices to this dish really enhances the depth of flavor and takes it to new heights. I also added enchilada sauce to deglaze the pot rather than beef broth.
Fresh smoked chile spices, as well as an Enchilada blend can be found here.
Mexican Braised Short Ribs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to a dutch oven (or ovenproof large pot) and heat over med-high.
- If using boneless ribs, slice them into 2-3” chunks. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel and begin adding them to the pot in batches to sear (to brown). Only add one layer of ribs to the pot at a time so as not to overcrowd the pot. Brown all sides of the ribs until the edges form a golden brown crust. Once browned remove from pot and set aside
- Once ribs are removed from pot, add 2 more Tbsp oil and the sliced onions. Saute onions over med-high heat for about 6 minutes or until caramelized but not burned.
- Add garlic to onions and cook for 30 seconds. Add spices and salt and stir for a minute to toast spices.
- Deglaze the pot with the enchilada sauce, scraping off any brown-bits that hav formed on the bottom of the pot.
- Add back in the browned ribs to the pot, along with any juices that drained from the ribs. Add the thyme. Also add enough water to almost cover the ribs (about 2 cups)
- Bring everything to a boil, cover, and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook for 3 hours. Check occasionally and add more water if ribs are starting to dry out.
- Transfer to a serving dish or serve from the pot. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges if desired. You can make this dish ahead of time and reheat over the stove before serving. The flavors continue to develop in the refrigerator.
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