Crockpot Coffee Ancho Chile Short Ribs

I’ve made the conscious decision that I cannot and will not carry a purse any longer. Pretty much because I take my lifting shoes with me wherever I go. And two water bottles. And tape. And a lacrosse ball. And 2-3 containers of Tupperware. And another change of shoes. Yeah…a purse just ain’t cuttin’ it. So I’ve moved to a back pack. I’ve wanted to get a super stylish Lululemon tote/bag/thing to carry around with me so I don’t look like a school child, but those things cost like a million dollars. More like $130, but come on, I don’t just have $130 sitting around. I have a change jar people. That I utilize. Often.

OMG. I forgot to tell you guys, my first cooking video for Again Faster came out! I made my Sweet Potato and Apple Breakfast Patties for the video! An old recipe but a goodie. I kind of burned the patties on film, but whatevs. Thank goodness I had Patrick Cummings to do an amazing job with the photography so it still looked edible. I still ate most of it.  I’ll seriously eat anything though.

This was the first video I shot so you can tell I’m a bit nervous. And awkward. And I have real people clothes on so I’m even MORE awkward. I shot 7 cooking videos out in Boston. That means 7 different outfits. Do you know how difficult it was to come up with SEVEN different outfits? Way difficult. I think I was pittin’ out in every video. Cute.

Check it!


Crockpot Coffee Ancho Chile Short Ribs

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 4lbs Grass Fed Beef Short Ribs
  • 1 cup Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee or your choice of brewed coffee
  • 1 large yellow onion, rougly sliced
  • 4 dried ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place dried ancho chiles in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let sit for around 20-30 minutes until soft.
  2. Add your softened ancho chiles, brewed coffee, garlic cloves, honey, olive oil, lime and salt and pepper in your food processor and puree.
  3. Place onions in the bottom of your crockpot and add your water or broth.
  4. Stack your short ribs on top of onions then pour your coffee-ancho chile sauce on top.
  5. Top with a bit more salt.
  6. Cover and let cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 5-7 hours.
  7. Be ready for that meat to fall off the bone your onions to more caramelized than you’ve ever seen before! Boom!

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88 thoughts on “Crockpot Coffee Ancho Chile Short Ribs”

  1. 1) this looks incredible. I just ate breakfast, and now I’m hungry again. Thanks a lot. 🙂

    2) good luck this weekend!! Will be following on the twitter machine. Can’t wait to watch you kick ass. I’m jealous – North Central doesn’t go until week 4 and I’m ready to go NOW!! In “hell week” now for training, which is probably also contributing to my hunger. In which case, this recipe should come in handy. Thanks a lot, for real this time. Bonus: hubby doesn’t like coffee, so I might not have to share.

  2. Wow, those bags are nice!! Now I want one. I use a Budweiser gym bag that I won in a singing competition, lolol Both of those recipes look so good! I’m so behind on making your recipes. It’s freaking depressing…I need to use up all the meat I have in the freezer before I buy anything else. I’ve been too lazy (well, more like busy) to cook the past week. Thank God tomorrow is my day off!

  3. Freaking LOVE your blog. What kind of food processor do you use?? Please say one that isn’t going to cost me my first born…

  4. I have been coveting a LuLu Lemon bag myself! I just can’t spend the dough on one though!

    Question: What brand weight lifting shoes do you recommend? I have been looking at the Risto’s and the adidas.. Any thoughts would be appreciated!


  5. so the recipe in the again faster video looks awesome! and let me take a wild guess that you like the word “incorporate”? Haha And you should look on ebay for a lululemon bag (or just about anything) I’m sure you could find a great deal on there. you’re fantastic, love your blog on here and again faster (“Embrace Them Thighs” made me really appreciate my thunder thighs and made me want to push myself to gain muscle)… so basically you’re awesome. TheEnd. 🙂

  6. Ok, I just watched this vidio three times. Three times Juli. Like, didn’t take my eyes off it the whole time. I see Juli (that would be you) in a kitchen with food making something delish…BUT, WTF, where’s the dancing??? I don’t get it. Is this some kinda trick? Did I miss something?

  7. I have the ribs in the crockpot as we speak. They look nothing like yours though. How did you get that nice char look? It looks like you finished them off in the oven or something, because half my ribs are under the liquid so they won’t char, and the liquid ran right off of the ribs that are at the top of my stack, so they look kinda plain. Ugh, I suck.

  8. Ugh, I live in the boonies. So I got the only dried chilies they had at the grocery store “New Mexican Chilies”. Using pork sirloin instead of ribs – I had meat in the freezer that needed to be used. So I guess I really didn’t follow the recipe. But it was a good template, hope it doesn’t taste like butt.

  9. my ribs ended up covered in watery sauce, did you take the lid off and let it cook down or cook it down in a sauce pan. Onions not carmelized either. I followed the directions. :/

  10. Juli, try checking out for their Market Tote bag. It’s not as expensive as your Lulu, it’s made in Montana and if it’s anything like their carry ons ( i own one), it’ll be bullet proof. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Mouth is watering.

  11. The sauce was AMAZING and you are right about the onions! It was a big hit. I want to make it again using a roast and shredding the meat into the sauce. The sauce was great served over the sides as well!!

  12. I put these in the Crockpot last night and I woke up to a divine smell! Left at 6am to do the WOD came back and just had to have one! Yumminess! I will have them tonight with some cauliflower mash. Thanks!

  13. My husband loved these! I tried to serve them with sweet potato fries, but alas, without Avocado oil- they sucked. Maybe I’ll try lard next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. These look great! I’m going to make them next week 🙂 Just a thought–I think I’ll soak my anchos in hot coffee instead of water. I don’t have any fancy cold-brew coffee & plain is fine for me! 🙂

  15. I made these yesterday and they were SO good!! I am looking forward to the left overs 🙂

    I love your site and recipes, I can’t wait to try more!

  16. I made these this weekend and they were AWESOME! I love all of your fun recipies and can’t wait to try more!

  17. I FINALLY got around to making this last night and it was friggin’ awesome. I made mashed cauli with it and used some of the “sauce” from the beef to mash the cauli. Plus I cut the fat off the meat, (don’t like soft fat) and fried it in a cast iron skillet until it was crispy. Then dipped pieces of meat in the juice/fat. O. M. G.

  18. Made this the other day. OMG. so good, I don’t know how you come up with these recipes, or your awesome sense of humor, but I love it, love love love. And I love that you live in Denver, like a few blocks from me, knowing such culinary genius is but a few hundred kilometers from me is extra inspirational.

  19. This was a hit with my husband! Thank you for all the great recipes; it is making it so much easier to “EAT RIGHT”!! =)

    Army Wife, Mom, Student & Paraeducator

  20. These were so delicious. I followed the recipe, didn’t change a thing. My husband and I loved them. It’s a keeper. Thank you!

  21. These were AMAZING. I started my crockpot at 10 pm and ha happy meat dreams thanks to the great smell. Had them for lunch and was sucking the bone to get alllllll the pieces.
    Thanks so much for sharing these for free. I’d buy your cookbook though. Fo. Sho.

  22. This recipe looks great! I just bought some G.F. Beef Ribs at the Farmer’s Market. However, they don’t say whether they are short ribs. I’m guessing they are regular.

    Do they tend to cook the same in a crock pot? I’d hate to come home to a mushy mess.

  23. Made these today. Delish! The only problem I had was that I ended up with a lot of fluid rather than a sauce. The onions didn’t carmelize, just boiled. Next time I will leave out the extra 1/2 c broth and will marinade the beef in the sauce the night before for more flavor.

  24. Wow, you are amazing! Will cook this at the weekend for my family 😀 I’m about to finish the 8 week plan of a recipe book and planned to continue Paleo, because I’m feeling like reborn after almost 2 months.(Well, my family just complains about spending money for new cloths). You can read the review of my friend on:
    Do you have any dessert recipes?
    Again many thanks for this recipe,


  25. I like leaving positives better, but this clearly does not turn out perfectly every time 🙁 My husband executed, so I only saw the end product, but nothing like your photos. Along with a couple of other commenters, vat of watery stuff, no awesome sauce. And I don’t know if we just got bad ribs or what, he went to a butcher shop, but paid 26 dollars for 4+ lbs. and by the time he got the meat away from the fat and bone (incredible fatty) there was like a small bowl of meat. Plus the anchos I had to buy? Yikes. Expensive expensive expensive for us.

  26. What do you think about marinating these like you did in your Asian rib recipe? Also what size crock pot did you use? I want to make sure mine is big enough to hold all the ribs. Thanks!

  27. Hi! Just wondering if anyone used something other than the Ancho Chiles? You would think in NY I would be able to find them – even the powder, but I can’t? I’m going to make them now… So if anyone knows, let me know please! Thanks!!! 🙂

  28. Ok so I made these except to the sauce I added two good splashes of cider vinegar, three triangles of mexican chocolate, a two-inch piece of canela, and a two teaspoons of cumin seeds. Plus I upped the honey to 1.5 tablespoons and the results TOOK MY PANTS OFF

  29. Like some have said already, my ribs didn’t turn out anything like the photos- it was just a crockpot full of ribs and a watery soup-like mix. I wouldn’t have minded at all- the smell was awesome- but the taste was not there. It tasted like a bland pot roast or something. I’m now searching the internet on how to fix it so I don’t lose all of this meat! I think I will try it again because I absolutely love the idea of these flavors, but I will change up some of the liquid ratio! :))

  30. This recipe was killer! I halved it and it came out perfectly! Cooked on High for 5 hours and it literally fell off the bone as I picked it up. Mashed cauliflower would have been a perfect companion because the sauce in the bottom of the pot would have made an awesome combination. All it needed was more salt.

    I have to say mine did turn out like the picture! But I did exactly what the recipe said and put the pulsed mixture on top of the ribs – they stayed like that giving it an awesome crust. (And when I cook, I almost always mess something up.. so Im pretty pumped.) My boyfriend flipped!

    and nursejonny your rendition sounds incredible haha next time I will certainly try it!

  31. Exactly what Kristalyn said right above me. The smell was there, the flavor wasn’t. They tasted good but just like plain old beef. Not worth the money I spent on the short ribs. 🙁 I added a bunch more seasonings when I ate them and it wasn’t too bad. But no coffee or ancho flavor. The asian short ribs from your blog though….AMAZING!

  32. I made These tonight and the ribs didn’t get that deep color…they didn’t get any actually. Did you sear first? We put on the bbq grill to get a char and they were delicious. I know they would have even been even better. How did ya do it?

    1. i’m really not sure!! i had a lot of coffee on them, but I think I might have gotten lucky. because I’ve made them a time before and they weren’t as dark

  33. I love going through your website while I’m meal planning. I had all ingredients on this except for the ancho chiles, so I used red and green bell peppers instead. Still delicious, but I will make sure to try it with the chiles next time.

  34. This is the fifth or sixth recipe I’ve made from your blog, and I must say it was AMAZING yet again!

    The meat fell right off the bone and practically melted in my mouth.

    Kudos again!

    Can’t wait for the next recipe…

  35. I have tried several recipes from this blog and they are great. This one however was disgusting. It smelled funky, the onions had such a strange taste I had to spit them out, and the meat was nasty. Such a waste of nice grass fed short ribs. Sorry…love the blog, hated the recipe.

    1. sorry to hear that kelly!! ancho chiles can be super temperamental and can throw the taste off easily. sorry this recipe didn’t work out for you!

  36. These are in my crockpot right now, and they smell great. I bought what I thought were ancho chilis, but they ended up being guajillo so we’ll see how they turn out!

    One question: do you think the caffeine will have any energizing effects from the sauce? I’m wondering if I should hold off eating them in the evening and wait until tomorrow just in case.

  37. Rachael Dievendorf

    HI Juli!
    I just started following your blog and using your recipes, I’m using this one and cutting it in half (it’s just my husband and I and we don’t eat a super ton) Any suggestions? Would the quantity change the time i should cook it?

  38. I normally read a few reviews before making a meal and debated if I was ready to try making ribs.

    I was a bit worried after reading some reviews that the ribs wouldn’t turn out like the photos that were posted, so I used my creative side and switched up the recipe.

    When making the puree, I also added 1 cup of paleo bbq sauce, 1/2 cup of raw maple syrup and a small dollop of Kitchen Bouquet (not 100% sure if KB is paleo friendly or not)

    Also added some sliced onions on top of the ribs and then added the puree mixture.

    Throughout the 8 hour process of cooking in the crock pot, I would take a basting spoon and use the sauce in the crock pot to lightly bast the ribs.

    This ensured that the top of the ribs weren’t being dried out and caramelized the ribs and onions.

    After time was up, I heated the oven to 350 degrees, added a little of the juices to the bottom of a glass pan, put the ribs in the pan, drizzle a 1/2 cup full of paleo bbq sauce, juices and maple syrup on top of the ribs, cooked for 20 minutes and came out BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, I have one happy fiance right now.

  39. This looks very yummy, I was wondering if anyone had tried this with bone in country style pork ribs?
    I have some in my fridge that need to be used. I was thinking I could Brown them before putting them in the crock?

  40. I just finished eating this and it was delicious! I made a few modifications, I used pork ribs instead and I could not for the life of me find dried ancho chiles so I just used a poblano pepper (which is equivalent to anchos on the scoville scale) and one red hot chilli pepper since I like a bit of spice. This recipe probably could have used a little more flavour, I added a touch of chipotle powder but I might try to play around and add some more spices next time. But the ribs did fall right off and were so tender and juicy! And for those who don’t have a food processor I used my magic bullet and it was fine, I threw the poblano and red chilli pepper in the bullet too. Mine did not turn out a dark brown but I don’t really care if it looks the same. You could grill it on the BBQ for a bit if you are really worried but I found the sauce thickened a bit with the onions in there so it was good for me and my boyfriend!

  41. This recipe looks soooo goood. How spicy is this? Just a hint? Some of the members of my family don’t like spice at all. Thanks in advance for any help.

  42. At first glance we couldn’t resist the temptation to put this in the croc pot. Followed the directions word for word. Put it in the crock pot and let it fall off the bone good for 8 hours. After an eventful day at work, walking in the house smelled delightful. The aroma of the garlic and coffee was overwhelming. Much to our surprise once we sunk our teeth in, there was no flavor whatsoever. We were both so disappointed, but hopeful to find something with flavor!

  43. I’m old…..not cobweb crotchety old but old enough that I have learned ..that if you want something…like a lulu bag and just can’t swing the cost…This is what you do.
    Be completely reckless and irresponsible and take the money out of the utility bill money and go get the fricken bag ..or order it online or whatever it takes. GET THE BAG…c’mon..with all we put up with on a
    daily basis to survive in this world and the way we work and slave…yes slave in the gym and strive to be the best we can. WE DESERVE A PRESENT TO OURSELVES. So girl….get the bag…just go on and get it.
    Many times (ok..this is my older wisdom kickin in)…many times…I have spent my last dollar on something that I just had to have. Juggled some bills around ..gave a sob story or two to the billing dept of the power company….water utilities. But you know what??…I got what I wanted and it felt suppa good.

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