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Slow-Cooker Mexican Beef Short Rib Taco Bowls

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8
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Delicious braised short ribs are well within reach for weeknight dinners, with the help of the slow cooker and handy Old El Paso™ Tortilla Bowls!
Created Dec 19, 2017
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  • 1 1/2 lb (750 g) beef short ribs, cut into individual ribs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (from 28 oz can)
  • 1 package Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1 package (8 count) Old El Paso™ Tortilla Bowls
  • 1/2 cup Old El Paso™ refried beans (from 398 mL can), warmed
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges


  • 1
    Coat ribs in vegetable oil. In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Cook ribs, fattiest side down first, on all sides 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until browned.
  • 2
    In 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, mix enchilada sauce, taco seasoning mix and cumin. Add ribs to mixture in slow cooker, and turn to coat. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until meat is very tender.
  • 3
    Transfer ribs to cutting board. Transfer 1/4 cup braising liquid to medium bowl. Remove bones and any pieces of fat and cartilage from ribs, and discard. Shred meat with two forks, and transfer to bowl with reserved liquid. Discard remaining cooking liquid.
  • 4
    Heat tortilla bowls as directed on package. Divide refried beans among boats. Top with cabbage. Divide shredded beef among tortilla bowls. Top with queso fresco and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Beef short ribs have a piece of cartilage on the outside that doesn’t break down even after hours of slow cooking. Be sure to peel off that piece, and discard before shredding the meat.
  • Tip 2
    For this recipe, ask your butcher for traditional English-style ribs instead of the thinner Korean-style ribs.

Nutrition Information

350 Calories, 22g Total Fat, 19g Protein, 20g Total Carbs, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8 boats
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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