Crock Pot Short Ribs in Ancho Chile Sauce

READY IN: 11hrs
Recipe by PalatablePastime

Tender ribs with a flavorful, spicy chile sauce. I like to serve this with black beans or poblano chiles stuffed with a seasoned goat cheese mixture, and sometimes a small salad.

Top Review by 932ninja

Whoa mamma this is HOT!!! I made the sauce and ended up adding 1/3 cup of honey and 2T of sugar to take some of the heat off. I should have only used half of a pepper but I was gung ho. Great way to use my ancho peppers. I am always looking for a new crock pot recipe for ribs, so muchas gracias!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant and allow to cool.
  2. Grind cumin seeds in a mortar or spice mill.
  3. Toast ancho chiles in a hot dry skillet until aromatic, about 30 seconds per side.
  4. Soak anchos in warm water, submerged, for about 30 minutes, or until soft.
  5. Remove anchos from liquid (discarding liquid), remove stems and seeds and discard; and cut anchos into small pieces.
  6. Season ribs with cracked pepper and brown ribs on both sides in a skillet or under the broiler.
  7. Place garlic, salt, lemon juice, tomatoes (with their juice), ancho chiles, habanero chile, and ground cumin seeds in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  8. Place ribs in the crock pot and cover with sauce.
  9. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or on high for 5-6 hours or until ribs are tender.

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