Short Ribs & Black Eyed Peas w/ Cannellini Beans & Chipotle Gravy

Braised short ribs, black-eyed peas, and cannellini beans slow cooked in beef broth, onions and chipotle in adobo sauce, until tender and falling off the bones. The braised short ribs cook down to a nice rich and flavorful spicy chipotle beef gravy. So darn melt in your mouth delicious! This hearty short rib dinner is some serious comfort food. 

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This slow cooker braised short ribs is so simple to make. Start your slow cooker the night before or early in the morning. Cook on low for 8 hours…then come home from work and enjoy a delicious hearty, protein-filled comforting meal! Serve with hot buttered cornbread.

I can never say no to a meal with short ribs and gravy. Can you blame me? I mean hello, gravy, short ribs, and beans slow cooked for hours in rich chipotle beefy gravy. Just the name of this dish makes me hungry! I think this is one of my favorite comfort foods. My other favorite comfort food is my best chili. If you haven’t had short ribs made this way, now is your chance.

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I love cooking ribs.  Back in the day, my grandmother used to make beefy meals with beans all the time but I didn’t care for them. I know. I know….. She loved cooking with black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, butter beans, lima beans.  Every day there was a bowl of soaking beans in the kitchen. I wish I could go back in time and eat everything I disliked as a kid! These days, I’ll eat black-eyed peas and cannellini beans any time.

Have you ever used chipotle in adobo to make gravy? I wish you can taste it…well you can taste it, if you make this recipe. You are going to be in for a treat if you do. It’s so darn good! Short ribs, gravy and chipotle go so well together.

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How do you make braised short ribs?

Short ribs both bone-in or boneless are braised the same way. First, you season then sear all sides of the short ribs over high heat.  For cooking in the oven or stove, depending on what you are making, fill the skillet partially with water or broth. Cover and slow cook for 2.5-3 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.  To make short ribs in the slow cooker, remove the ribs from the skillet and put them in the slow cooker. Add the liquids and slow cook for 6-8 hours or until the meat is fall off the bone tender.

In this recipe, I also seared my onions and garlic. I used a beef broth base. Then add the onions to the skillet or slow cooker. The chipotle really brings this dish over the top.  It brings out so much flavor in the beef gravy.  The beans bring everything together.  Such a healthy comfort meal. You need to make this asap.

What do I serve with braised short ribs?

Short ribs taste fantastic with mashed potatoes, baked potato, cornbread, broccoli, roasted vegetables, corn on the cob. For a healthier choice try for cauliflower mash.

What wine to serve with braised short ribs?

I did a little research and per Food & Wine,  Southern French Reds, Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese from Tuscany pair well with ribs. You can read more about these great wine suggestions on the Food & Wine website. 

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I can’t get enough of it. Omg, These ribs are fantastic. I love to serve these short ribs with homemade cornbread which ain’t on the blog yet but if you subscribe, you’ll be the first to know when the post is up!

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Just look at all that rib and bean DELICIOUSNESS! Mouth-watering. I love saying mouth-watering. If you see me say mouth-watering or in this case, write it, then you need to know it is an amazing dish. I’m just being honest!

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Quick tips

  1. If the sauce/gravy is too thick you can thin it out with a bit of water or add more beef broth.
  2. If you are using a broth which already contains salt, do not overdo it with salt when seasoning your short ribs. I used Better Than Bouillon Base which already contains salt, so I ended up only using 2 tsp salt to season the short ribs. You can always add more salt once the short ribs are done.
  3. If you would like to cook the ribs on the stove. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or until the meat falls off the bone and checking the liquid occasionally. Add more liquid if needed.
  4. If you would like to slow cook in the oven. Cook on 350 for 2-3 hours. Add the beans an hour before the meat is done checking liquids and add more liquid if needed.
  5. Feel free to omit the chipotle in adobo sauce if you prefer. The below is a picture of beef short ribs with black-eyed peas and white beans instead of the cannellini beans and no chipotle. I also slow cooked it in the oven instead of the slow cooker.
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Here, I used black eyed peas with white beans, no chipotle in adobo sauce. Slow cooked in the oven instead of the slow cooker.

If you love this recipe then you may also love these delicious beef comfort meals:
Best Ever Chili, my super tender Beef and Broccoli with a Twist to die for Meatloaf, easy sheet pan Beef Quesadilla or Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy 

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Short Ribs & Black Eyed Peas w/ Cannellini Beans & Chipotle Gravy

April Boller Wright
Braised short ribs, black-eyed peas, and cannellini beans slow cooked in rich chipotle beef gravy, until tender and falling off the bones. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course classic dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lbs bone in beef short ribs
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper for taste see notes
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 5 cups beef broth I use Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 3 chipotle in adobo sauce peppers optional
  • 2 15 oz cans of drained rinsed beans I used a combo of black eye peas canellini

Slurry

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Season the short ribs with the salt pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and celery salt
  • In a very hot large skillet with oil over medium high heat, cook the short ribs on all sides for about 50 seconds. Set stove to medium heat and add the onions around the short ribs.
  • Cook the onions until softened about 3-5 minutes around the short ribs. Add the short ribs and onions to the slow cooker then add the chipotle peppers, beans and beef broth and slurry. 
  • Mix carefully. Put the lid on and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone. Skim off any fat. Season with salt and pepper for taste.
  • Serve with hot buttered cornbread.

Notes

1. If you are using a broth which already contains salt,do not overdo it with salt when seasoning your short ribs. I used Better Than Bouillon Base which already contains salt, so I ended up only using 2 tsp salt to season the short ribs. You can always add more salt once the short ribs are done.
2. If you would like to cook the ribs on the stove. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or until the meat falls off the bone and checking the liquid occasionally. Add more liquid if needed.
4. If you would like to slow cook in the oven. Cook on 350 for 2-3 hours. Add the beans an hour before the meat is done checking liquids and add more liquid if needed.
5. If the sauce is too thick, thin it out with a bit of water or add more beef broth.
Keyword classic dinner, comfort food, Winter food
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24 Comments

  1. Latoya Weber says:

    Is the green garnish cilantro? I’m so ready to try this, looks so delicious

    1. Thank you! It is delicious. I believe I used curly parsley.

  2. This looks fantastic! I’m told it’s a southern tradition to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s. I’ve never partaken in that tradition, but this recipe might convince me 😉

  3. I love chipotle in adobo sauce, too! This dish sounds delicious! I have never made short ribs, because I’ve never known what to do with them. I’ll have to try these out!

    1. You are missing out! It’s so good! Please give it a try! Thank you!

  4. This looks delicious! I never tried this dish with short ribs, I need to make it soon but I should get a slow cooker!

    1. Yes a slow cooker is so perfect for a lot of meals! Def look into buying one. Thank you so much!

  5. Oh my goodness April. My mouth was watering looking at the photos. It looks so delectable!

  6. Catherine Brown says:

    I love that you added some colors to this dish, esp. chipotle peppers! and using both black-eyed peas and cannellini , beans is a nice contrast too! I don’t think I’ve ever mixed black-ed peas with any other beans, but I need to give that a try. My parents were both raised in the south. When my siblings and I were young I remember having black-eyed peas cooked with smoked ham hocks, cornbread and buttermilk for supper often. I didn’t much care for the buttermilk but love the other two! Great usage here April. 😉

    1. Yup black eyed peas all the time! My grandmother makes them that way also and she’s from Mobile Alabama. Thank you so much!

  7. Yum! Such a delicious comfort food! I love how easy this is to put together with the braised short ribs. So perfect for this time of year.

    1. Yes. I think I need to make some more this week! Thank you so much Tara!

  8. There is so much to love about this recipe! And really enjoyed looking at the step by step pictures, I could almost taste the flavours building up with each image! And I’m a huge fan of chilli peppers in adobo!

    1. Just thinking about this dish makes my mouth water! I’m thinking about adding it to my menu this week! Thanks!

  9. This looks so delicious. I haven’t tried using short ribs before in a recipe but I will have to soon using this recipe.

    1. Really? Don’t miss out! They are so good! Thank you!

  10. This looks amazing and so perfect for the colder season. I’m glad you included stove and oven options as well as I don’t have a slow cooker. Which slow cooker would you recommend buying should I make the step?

  11. My husband will love this. He is a fan of meat in all of its forms, and we barely eat ribs because I’m not used to the taste, but as a fan of slow cookers might have to give it a try, that’s how I learnt to eat lamb, thanks to the slow cooker, makes a huge difference in taste!

    1. Definitely give it a try, I think you’ll love it too! Thank you!

  12. This looks so delicious! I have been wanting to make some type of braised meat now that it’s getting colder 🙂 will have to try this!

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