Mexican style chili ribs

Treat yourself to the delicious flavors of our Mexican-style chili ribs, specially prepared with juicy pork. This recipe is intended exclusively for non-Muslims due to the use of pork. These ribs are guaranteed to be a hit and are perfect for any weather, rain or shine. You have the option of finishing these ribs either on the grill or on a grill, adding a delicious smoky touch to enhance their gooey, chipotle-infused flavor. Get ready for a tempting culinary journey with these irresistible ribs!


  • 1½ kg pork ribs – the meatier the better (3 per person)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano or 2 tablespoons fresh leaves, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dark, soft brown sugar
  • 1 lime, peeled and then cut into wedges, to serve
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 thick garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp dark soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • Juice 1 lime

Preparation steps

  1. Mix the dry rub ingredients with ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes and then massage into the meat.
  2. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, ideally up to 1 day.
  3. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small saucepan and allow the garlic to soften for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients and 2 tablespoons of water and simmer for a few seconds until the sugar melts.
  5. Season with salt and set aside.
  6. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3.
  7. Place the ribs in a fairly tight layer in a roasting pan.
  8. Pour in 100 ml of hot water, cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 2 hours until the meat easily falls away from the bones.
  9. Allow any fat to drip off.
  10. The ribs can be chilled and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  11. For the final cooking phase, prepare the grill and wait until the coals glow white and gray.
  12. Sear the ribs for 4-5 minutes on each side, until dark golden and hot, turning gently with tongs as you go.
  13. Brush with a little chipotle sauce and give the ribs another 1 minute in places to sear.
  14. Serve on a platter with remaining sauce for spooning, lime wedges, and a large bowl of Smoky Corn Avocado Salsa (see related recipes at right).

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

To make Mexican-style chili ribs, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Large baking tray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife
  • dulcimer
  • measuring spoon
  • measuring cup
  • Garlic mincer or meat grinder
  • Small bowl
  • Pastry brush or spoon
  • Tongs or fork

Allergen information

This Mexican-Style Chili Ribs recipe may contain the following allergens:

  • None of the common food allergens such as milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or soybeans.

However, please note that if you have special dietary needs or allergies, it is important to check the ingredients and labels of the products you use.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftover Mexican-style chili ribs, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place the ribs in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for about 10-15 minutes, until heated through.

You can also freeze the cooked ribs to keep them longer. Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place them in freezer bags, removing as much air as possible. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To defrost, place the ribs in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat.

Health Benefits of Mexican Style Chili Ribs

When it comes to flavorful dishes, Mexican-style chili ribs are hard to beat. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they also offer a range of health benefits thanks to their nutrient-rich ingredients. Let’s take a closer look at why you can enjoy these delicious ribs guilt-free:

1. Lean protein

The star of the dish, pork spare ribs, provide a generous source of lean protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue, supporting healthy body functions, and maintaining muscle mass. By including these ribs in your diet, you can meet your daily protein needs while enjoying a tasty meal.

2. Vitamins and minerals

Mexican-style chili ribs are seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices, each with its own nutritional benefits. For example, ground cumin and coriander are rich in essential minerals such as iron, manganese and magnesium. These minerals are crucial for energy production, immune function and bone health.

Dried oregano provides a good dose of antioxidants in both dried and fresh forms. Antioxidants help protect your cells from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Additionally, oregano is rich in vitamin K, which helps blood clot and may have anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Vitamin C boost

One of the main ingredients in Mexican-style chili ribs is lime. Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports immune function and aids collagen production. Including lime juice in your meal can help boost your vitamin C intake and promote overall health.

4. Heart-healthy ingredients

The recipe also calls for olive oil, which is known for its heart-healthy properties. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Using olive oil when cooking can add additional health benefits to your Mexican chili ribs.

5. Spicy goodness

The chipotle paste, hot smoked paprika and garlic in the recipe provide the heat and flavor. Spicy foods have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved metabolism and appetite control. Additionally, some studies suggest that capsaicin, the compound responsible for the spiciness in chili peppers, may have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Mexican-style chili ribs offer a delicious culinary experience with a number of health benefits. So next time you’re craving a tasty meal, give this recipe a try. Your taste buds and body will thank you!

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