Short Rib Mexican Skillet Pie Recipe

Meghan Yager | Cake 'n Knife

A Short Rib Mexican Skillet Pie is my kind of comfort food combination. Flavorful chipotle short ribs are made in the electric pressure cooker, then use in a layered skillet of ooey gooey spicy perfection. It’s rich, bold, and downright warming!

I LOVE cooking with short ribs.

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While you can occasionally find me braising them, I usually like to enjoy them straight out of the Instant Pot (or whatever electric pressure cooker you happen to have).

To me, they are the ideal food to serve in the winter because of how hearty and flavorful they are.

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They also lend themselves to so many of my favorite flavors, chipotle in particular as you’ll see in this recipe.

This skillet pie is one that you will want to make over and over again.

The blend of homemade short ribs, a flavorful spicy sauce, and cheese, all piled between layers of tortillas… It’s simple irresistible!

Short Rib Mexican Skillet Pie Image

You can even make the short ribs ahead of time, so it’s easier to make in the middle of the week.

I like to make the short ribs to day before, then put together the pie for dinner on a busy weeknight.

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Though this is one of my more complicated recipes, the steps you take to make the homemade short ribs and homemade sauce really make a difference in the final product.

I also like to throw some slices on jalapeno on top. You know, because things can never be too hot, right?

Pro tip: if you REALLY love spice, be sure to taste the sauce first before using it.

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Then, if you want more heat, stir in cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon at a time.

I personally like to add more for the Man and I, but we like a heavy hand of spice. The recipe as is lands around a medium to mild on the heat scale.

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Short Rib Mexican Skillet Pie Recipe

    6 Servings


For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 4 cloves Garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 28-ounce cans Canned Diced Tomatoes
For the Short Ribs:
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 pounds Beef Short Ribs, fat trimmed
  • 2 Chipotle Pepper in Adobos, chopped (plus the adobo sauce)
  • 1/2 White Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Minced Garlic, (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Beef Broth
For the Skillet Pie:
  • 30 Corn Tortillas, (small)
  • 4 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Cotija Cheese


For the Short Ribs:

  1. To make the short ribs, turn your electric pressure cooker to Saute and add oil.
  2. Once hot, brown short ribs on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from insert and place on a plate.
  3. Add peppers, onion, and garlic to the insert. Stir frequently, cooking until onion is softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add lime juice, taco seasoning, salt, and broth, stirring until combined. Be sure to use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits that stuck to the bottom.
  5. Return ribs back to the insert. Cover and lock lid in place.
  6. Set pressure cooker to Manual and cook for 50 minutes on High pressure. Once done, let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove short ribs and shred with two forks on a cutting board. Note at this point you can place the short ribs in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the refrigerator, if you want to make the pie at a later point.

For the Sauce:

  1. To make the sauce, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until browned.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, cooking for 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce is deepened in color.
  4. Add sauce to a blender or food processor, processing until smooth. Set aside.

Assemble the Pie:

  1. To assemble the pie, start by preheating the oven to 375˚F.
  2. Dip 5 small tortillas into the sauce. Layer them in the bottom of a 9-inch ovenproof skillet.
  3. Top with a scoop of short ribs, a handful of cheese, and 3/4 cup sauce. Repeat this set of layers.
  4. Top with one more layer of dipped tortillas, remaining sauce, and cheese.
  5. Cover with foil, making sure it doesn’t touch the top of the pie.
  6. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted, and sauce is bubbly.
  7. Top with cilantro, cheese, and chopped avocado.



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Author: Meghan Yager
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 105 minutes
Total Time: 120 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 664
Calories 1273

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 83g
  Saturated Fat 36g
Sodium 2121mg
Total Carbohydrate 63g
  Dietary Fiber 8g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 49g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meghan Yager

About Meghan

Meghan is a girl that's passionate about food - straightforward food that anyone can love. It's what you'll find on her blog, Cake n' Knife. There's not much food more straightforwardly delicious than an avocado, that's why Meghan is our avocado fanatic.

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