Slow-Cooker Chipotle Short Ribs With Tangy Cabbage Slaw


Short ribs become fall-apart delicious when simmered with onion, garlic, tomato paste, chipotles, and cumin.

Quick Dinner Ideas: Slow-Cooker Chipotle Short Ribs With Tangy Cabbage Slaw
Photo: Raymond Hom
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
6 serves

Aren't slow-cooker recipes the best? Minimal effort at breakfast time results in a big payoff at dinner time. And this one is no exception: The short ribs cook all day with hands-off convenience.

This recipe calls for white rice on the side, cooked per instructions, but you can swap it with a different starch such as roasted butternut squash, mashed potatoes, or cornbread. Now the slaw is a different story: Just 5 minutes of prep—at your convenience up to 12 hours in advance—results in a tangy complement to the ribs' rich, spicy flavor.


  • 2 pounds boneless short ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chipotles in adobo sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • ½ medium head cabbage, thinly sliced (about 8 cups)

  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • cups long-grain white rice


  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine short ribs, onion, garlic, tomato paste, chipotles, cumin, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook until the short ribs are tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours (this will shorten total recipe time).

  2. In a large bowl, toss cabbage and radishes with lime juice, oil, sugar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

  3. Twenty minutes before serving, cook the rice according to package directions. Serve with short ribs and cabbage slaw.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
20g Fat
52g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 560mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 35g
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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