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Tablitas Recipe

Tablitas Recipe

Tablitas Recipe is a Mexican-style dish of beef short ribs marinated in a blend of spices, herbs, and chiles. This recipe has been a favorite for generations, especially among the people from Mexico and Central America. The short ribs are simmered over low heat to create tender, juicy meat that is full of flavor.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 270kcal


  • 1 large skillet


  • 1 pound meat (beef top round steak)
  • 2 pound beef short ribs
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt


  • Begin by seasoning the beef short ribs and top the round steak with salt, pepper, and cumin powder on both sides.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Add the beef short ribs and top round steak to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from heat when done and set aside on a plate.
  • Next, prepare the salsa by adding 3 cloves of garlic, 1/4 onion, salt, 8 serrano peppers, 10 tomatillos, 1/4 bunch of cilantro to a blender or food processor along with 1/2 tbsp of chicken bouillon and 3/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth.
  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat, the salsa mixture, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Then, add in the beef short ribs, top round steak, 1/4 onion and stir everything together until combined. Lower the heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes or until the meat is tender.
  • Serve with warm tortillas or over rice with your favorite toppings!


– You can also use a slow cooker instead of a skillet to make this recipe if you prefer. Follow steps 1-3, transfer everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
– For extra flavor, add 1/2 cup of beer or apple cider vinegar to the salsa mixture before cooking.
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