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Beef Short-Rib Adobo Stew

This recipe is from the latest series of Queer Eye. It looked so delicious and unique that I decided to write it up so you can try it at home!


Serves 4 people

If you are vegetarian, you can replace the meat with sweet potato or portobello mushrooms roasted separately. I would advise cooking this for 4 people even if you are only 2 as you will appreciate the leftovers!


  • 2 onions, finely sliced

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 5 carrots, peeled and finely diced

  • 4 sticks of celery, washed and finely diced

  • 1kg beef short ribs ( 2 x 500g pack if ordering from the supermarket)

  • 5 tablespoons tomato purée

  • 1 cup cola

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 shot espresso

  • quarter - half chilli (deseeded)

  • half a beef stock cube

  • 2-4 sweet potatoes


  1. Start by chopping onion, carrots and celery, finely diced.

  2. Season your beef short ribs with some salt. Easy on the salt as you'll be adding half a stock cube also.

  3. Heat the oven to 160C fan.

  4. Heat up a le creuset pan or regular ovenproof pan with some olive oil and brown the beef short ribs until they have a good colour on them. Remove and set aside. Keep the fat / oil.

  5. Add the chopped onions to the oil and brown on low-medium heat until they start to go translucent.

  6. Add the vegetables and increase the heat to get a bit of browning.

  7. Once well browned and reduced, add the liquids, tomato, garlic, chopped chilli and half a beef stock cube.

  8. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, add your short ribs, place the lid on top and put in the oven for 2-2.30hrs.

  9. 1 hr before, add the sweet potatoes to the oven, cut in half (face down) and pricked with a fork.

  10. 30 minutes before the cooking time is up, get some rice cooking. It goes particularly well with brown rice. You could also serve a green vegetable on the side, such as spinach.

If you have leftover sauce the next day, serve it with pasta and parmesan. It's delicious! I've also made this recipe without the beef to have with rice or pasta.


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