Smokey Short Ribs Chipotle Chili

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Smokey Short Ribs Chipotle Chili

Cooler weather is on the way and there is nothing like spicy hot chili on a cold winter night to warm us up, so let's get ready. Most people think of ground beef when they think of chili, but this will introduce you to chili with a superior flavor that will make you forget about ground beef chili. In all meat cooking there is nothing like the flavor that bone-in meat contributes more to the flavor.


2-4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

4 lbs Bone-In Beef or Bison Short Ribs

2 Large Purple Onions

8 Garlic Cloves

2 Poblano Peppers

2 Green, Red, or Yellow Peppers

1 Small Can Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce (7 ounces)

2 - 28 oz Cans of Whole Tomatoes (San Marzano tomatoes preferred)

1 Tablespoon Cumin

1 Tablespoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon Salt

2 Bay Leaves

2 14 oz cans of Light Red Kidney Beans or Pinto Beans


  • Place olive oil and ribs in a Dutch Oven and brown the ribs well on all sides

  • Remove ribs from dutch oven

  • Rough chop onions in about 3/4” pieces and add to dutch oven

  • Smash and peel garlic cloves and add to dutch oven

  • Dice poblano and green peppers into 3/4” dice and add to dutch oven

  • Add can of chipotle chiles and adobo sauce (7 ounce can) to dutch oven

  • Saute, stirring often, all the above ingredients about 5 minutes

  • Place the 2 cans of tomatoes and juice in a bowl and squeeze tomatoes between your fingers to crush and then add to the dutch oven and stir

  • Add remaining ingredients (cumin, black pepper, salt, bay leaves)

  • Add ribs and juices back to the dutch oven

  • Place in a 275 degree oven for 5-6 hours or until the meat falls loose from the bones and remove the bones

  • Remove to stove top, rinse beans and add beans and heat to boiling then reduce heat to low

  • Skim excess fat from the top with a large spoon or ladle

  • Serving Toppings (pick your favorites):

Cilantro, diced onions, grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, hot sauce of your choice, baked or fried yellow corn bread or crusty Italian bread.

Is there a better chili?

You will never want ground beef chili again. The bone-in flavor will win you over without a doubt. Enjoy!

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