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Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Chili

Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Chili

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 376kcal


  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 30 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 6 ounces strong brewed coffee
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano


  • Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat
  • Season ribs on both sides with a sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Place ribs in hot skillet and let sear for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned and crusted
  • Remove ribs to slow cooker and add onions and garlic to pan
  • Let cook another 2-3 minutes while stirring until they start to brown
  • Add about ¼ cup of the broth to the pan and use spatula to scrape off any remaining meat
  • Add the onion, garlic and other contents of pan to slow cooker
  • Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours
  • Remove ribs and shred meat from bones (should shred easily with a fork)
  • Discard bones and return meat to slow cooker
  • Stir to combine well and add additional seasonings or salt and pepper to taste as desired


I cooked this in my 5 quart slow cooker on low for 8 hours (then reheated on my grill at the tailgate the next day)
Recipe adapted from: Cooking in Stilettos


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 6.5mg