Spice Mixture (see recipe below)
8 beef short ribs, trimmed of excess fat
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine (such as merlot or Shiraz)
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice1 cup chicken stock/broth
3 Hatch Chile Peppers, blistered, skin and seed pods removed, and rough chopped (or use any green Chile Pepper of your choice)*
Coarse salt or sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
* Learn how to use Hatch Chile Peppers.
Prepare Spice Mixture.
Pat short ribs dry with paper towels (this is important as surface moisture will interfere with browning). Place beef ribs on a plate and rub the prepared Spice Mixture onto all sides. Cover plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large oven-proof Dutch oven or pot large enough to hold the beef short ribs, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 of the short ribs and brown on all sides, approximately 9 minutes; transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining ribs. Set aside.
Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and saut stirring occasionally, until softened. Add garlic and saut1 minute or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, wine, lime juice, chicken stock, and chile peppers, mixing well and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Nestle the browned short rib into the pot, meaty side down, and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat.
Cover the pot and place in the oven. Cook approximately 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is tender. Uncover the pot and cook another 25 to 30 minutes, spooning some of the juices over the meat after 15 minutes. When meat begins to fall of the bones, remove from oven.
Using a wide shallow spoon, skim away any fat on top of the sauce and discard. Taste sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
Makes 4 servings.
1 teaspoon coarse or sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano, ribbed between your palms
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
In a bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, and coriander.