Short Rib Chili


Fresh jalapeños, smoky chipotles in adobo, and fruity ancho chile powder give this thick, meaty short rib chili layers of heat, while red wine and tomato add acidity to balance out the richness of the tender short ribs. For a more budget-friendly option, substitute cubed beef chuck roast for the short ribs. Homemade pickled red onions provide a colorful, tasty, crunchy topping.

Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
6 to 8 servings



  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 3 ½ pounds boneless beef short ribs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

  • 2 ½ teaspoons black pepper, divided, plus more to taste

  • 1 medium-size red onion, finely chopped (about 2 1/4 cups)

  • 2 jalapeño chiles, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

  • 10 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup ancho chile powder

  • 1 to 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 ½ cups dry red wine

  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes

  • 3 cup lower-sodium chicken broth

Pickled Red Onion

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Additional Ingredients

  • Crumbled queso fresco, for serving

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving


Make the chili:

  1. Heat oil in a large enameled Dutch oven over medium-high. Toss together beef, 4 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons black pepper in a large bowl. Working in 3 batches, add beef to hot oil, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a medium bowl.

  2. Add chopped onion, jalapeños, garlic, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to drippings in Dutch oven. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, chile powder, chipotles, oregano, cumin, and coriander; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is fragrant and vegetables are evenly coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, scraping up browned bits from bottom of Dutch oven, until liquid is slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and broth; bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high. Stir in beef and any juices in bowl. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender, 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours, uncovering during final 30 minutes of cook time. Season with additional salt and black pepper to taste.

Make the pickled red onion:

  1. While chili cooks, place sliced red onion in a medium-size heatproof bowl; set aside. Combine vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring often to dissolve sugar. Pour hot vinegar mixture over onion, pressing onion pieces with a spoon to keep submerged. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.

  2. Serve chili topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and drained pickled onion.

    Short Rib Chili with Pickled Red Onion
    Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Tyna Hoang / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Make Ahead

Chili can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Suggested Pairing

Light, earthy red: Domaine Rolet Arbois Poulsard

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