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Taco Seasoned Ribs

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Taco Seasoned Ribs

Here's how to give a rack of ribs a quick, easy, spicy and dry(ish) rub.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 1

Mexican Spiced Baby Back Ribs  

As prepared by The Food in my Beard

Why is cooking ribs daunting to most people?

Is it just the time involved? Or is it the mystery of cooking a piece of meat with a bone in the middle?

The good news: Ribs don’t have to be hard at all. The two key things to remember are high flavor and low heat.

You need to pack on the flavor because ribs are a fatty cut of meat that needs a decent amount of seasoning to penetrate the thick flesh, and cook with low heat because they need a decent amount of cooking time to tenderize.

This Taco Seasoned Ribs recipe really brings the flavor with savory taco seasoning, smoky and spicy chipotles and sharp zesty vinegar – and really demystifies the process with a simple low and slow cook time.


Ribs laid out on a sheet of foil

Lay the ribs out on a sheet of foil.


Blended sauce

The sauce comes together in the blender in no time. Just some taco seasoning, chipotles, and the juice from a jar of banana peppers.


Ribs slathered with sauce

Slather it on the ribs...


Ribs wrapped in aluminum foil

…and then wrap the whole thing in foil. Into the oven it goes!


Unwrapping ribs

After about two hours, unwrap it and put it back in to brown a bit.


Mexican Spiced Baby Back Ribs, ready to eat

I like to let the ribs cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting them up and devouring them. I paired them with a couscous side dish; check out some recipes in Tired of the Same Ol’ Side Dish? Try Couscous.



Dan Whalen thinks those 15 minutes feel like a half hour. He has been blogging for over 4 years at The Food in My Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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Taco Seasoned Ribs


Rack of ribs
Packets Old El Paso taco seasoning
Can chipotle chiles
Cup juice from banana pepper jar
Cup honey


  • 1 Mix the ingredients (except the actual ribs) in a blender or food processor. If you don't like spicy foods, use the liquid from the chipotle can, but not the actual peppers. If you like it extra hot, feel free to just dump the entire can right in there.
  • 2 Place the ribs onto a sheet of foil. Pour your sauce over the ribs and rub it into the meat. Wrap the foil around the meat and seal it.
  • 3 This can sit overnight, or go right into the oven.
  • 4 Cook at 300F for about 2.5 - 3 hours until fork tender. Keep the foil wrapped around the meat for the first two hours, then unwrap it for the remainder of cooking.
  • 5 Allow to cool about 15 minutes before cutting the ribs and serving.
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