Instant Pot: Coffee & Chile Short Ribs

Ribs. I'm not talking about the kind slapped with bbq sauce that are finger licking good. I'm talking about the more refined sibling - English short ribs. These are probably my favorite beef cut (next to ribeyes) because of the amount of flavor they have. They may take hours on end to prepare traditionally but in an Instant Pot, that succulent bite is only moments away. I came across an interesting combination of ingredients in a short rib recipe. Needless to say, these Coffee & Chile Braised Short Ribs were amazing. Who knew coffee and chile would work so well together?...

Thanks to my Instant Pot, these ribs came out perfectly tender with very little effort and time on my part. I prepared the recipe with a few substitutions and measurement adjustments to suit my tastes but overall this comes together very quickly. Don't let the list of ingredients fool you! Half of the ingredients are whizzed in a blender to create a chile sauce while the ribs are browned before placing in the Instant Pot. The chile sauce and brewed coffee are poured over the ribs and then you walk away. Before you know it, dinner is on the table and a delicious one at that! I served this over garlic mashed Yukon potatoes, and roasted carrots and asparagus.If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can get the slow cooker/crockpot recipe version here!

Coffee & Chile Short Ribs
recipe adapted from Epicurious

4 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded, and ribs discarded
2 cups boiling-hot water
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
juice of 1 lime
3 teaspoons salt, divided
3 lb beef English short ribs 
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup brewed coffee

In your Instant Pot:

Soak ancho chiles in a bowl with boiling-hot water until softened, about 20 minutes, then drain in a colander set over a bowl. Transfer ancho chiles to a blender and purée with onion, garlic, chipotles with sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon salt; set aside.

Plug in the IP with insert set in place.

Pat ribs dry and sprinkle with pepper, garlic powder and remaining 2 teaspoons salt.

Press SAUTE on IP; add oil into IP and when hot,  add seasoned ribs. Brown ribs in batches, turning occasionally. Once all ribs have been browned, return all ribs into IP.

Pour the coffee and pureed chile mixture into the IP over the ribs.

Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 40 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 40 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 40 minutes, allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. While naturally releasing pressure (also known as NPR or NR), the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure).  No need to touch your IP while it naturally releases pressure. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

When the display reflects 15 (which is 15 minutes since the IP has beeped), turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).

Transfer ribs to serving dish and serve with your favorite side dishes!

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