Ultimate Beef Short Rib Tacos

Discover a dish that redefines your taco nights with a gourmet twist. Thanks to our collaboration with our Affiliate Marketing Partner, smokepointq, here's his spin on Beef Short Rib Tacos, with a touch of elote (grilled corn on the cob slathered in a mayo cream sauce and garnished with chili powder, cheese and lime) for a unique burst of flavor. These short ribs are tenderly marinated and then slow-cooked to perfection!


For the Tacos:

  • 2 lbs beef short ribs
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped white onion
  • Corn or flour tortillas

For the Marinade:

  • 3-4 Guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1/2 tsp each of ground cinnamon, white pepper, black pepper
  • 1 tsp each of dried oregano, ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp achiote powder
  • 1/4 cup naranja agria (sour orange juice)

Step-by-Step to Deliciousness

  1. Marinate to Perfection: Begin by pureeing all the marinade ingredients to achieve a smooth texture. Generously apply this marinade over the short ribs, ensuring they are well-coated. Then, place the ribs in a vacuum seal bag and initiate the marinate function on the VacMaster VP95 chamber vacuum sealer (third button over). This step ensures that the flavors of the marinade are properly infused with the meat. Leave the vacuum-sealed ribs to marinate for a minimum of 4 hours.
  2. Sear and Braise: After marinating, sear the ribs to lock in the flavors, then braise them in the oven with beef stock for 3-4 hours. This slow-cooking process is crucial, tenderizing the meat to perfection.
  3. Prep Toppings: Freshly chopped cilantro and white onion will add a crisp, refreshing contrast to the rich meat.
  4. Assemble Your Tacos: Once the ribs are cooked, shred them and lay them generously on warm tortillas. Then, sprinkle your fresh toppings over the meat.
  5. Serve and Savor: Present these tantalizing tacos hot, allowing each bite to be a perfect blend of savory meat, sharp onion, and aromatic cilantro, with the optional twist of Elote for an added layer of flavor.

As you gather for a family meal or a laid-back evening with friends, these Short Rib Tacos are guaranteed to steal the show. Enjoy!