Short Rib Nachos 

Use tender and flavorful short ribs to step your nacho game up. These Short Rib Nachos are topped with delicious melty cheese, chopped avocado, pico de gallo, jalapeno, and other nacho-topping favorites.  

Total Time: 5 hours
Total Servings: 6


  • 4 1/2 lbs. Short Ribs 
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt 
  • 1 tbsp. Coase black pepper 
  • 2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp. Liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 lb. Bag of Tortilla Chips
  • Garnishes: Melted Queso Cheese, sliced radishes, pico de gallo, diced avocado, sliced jalapeno, chopped cilantro, salsa, sour cream. You can use different ones if you would like.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees.   
  2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper and mix together.   
  3. Use the seasoning blend, and season the short ribs on both sides. You can double the seasoning recipe if you prefer.  
  4. Place the short ribs in a roasting pan meat face down. In a large measuring cup, combine the beef broth, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce and mix. Pour the mixture into the pan. Add the garlic cloves. Cover with aluminum foil and into the oven for 3-4 hours. The meat should be fork tender. Discard bones.   
  5. Use two forks to shred the beef. I highly recommend discarding the leftover fat. Place the tortilla chip on a large baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Once finished roasting, take half of the chips and place them on a serving platter. Sprinkle with some of the short rib meat and drizzle with about ⅔ of the melted cheese.   
  6. Add the next layer of chips, the rest of the short ribs, melted cheese, and the rest of your desired toppings.

Tips for cooking beef at a tailgate party 

  • Prep your food as much as possible. Unless you plan on bringing a grill, cook your food before leaving and keep it in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  • Keep your food in a cooler with ice to make sure it stays at a safe temperature until ready to cook on the grill.
  • Ground beef is an inexpensive cut of beef that is also very popular for tailgating recipes. However, if you plan on making burgers or sliders, it is important not to overmix the beef with your seasonings. Doing this will result in the burgers becoming tough and too firm.
  • This recipe for short rib nachos can be a game changer at your next tailgate event. Cook and shred your meat prior to the game, you can heat the short ribs on the grill, and proceed with preparing your nachos with your favorite chips and nacho toppings.

Commonly Asked Questions

What toppings should I put in these nachos? For me, I used diced avocados, sliced radishes, spicy melted cheese, pico de gallo, sliced jalapeno, and I added a dollop of sour cream. You can I shredded lettuce, black beans, corn, guacamole, and diced red onion.

How do you layer the nachos? For me, I add a layer of nachos on a serving platter, add some cheese and meat, add another layer of chips, and top with the rest of the meat and desired toppings.

What is the best cheese for these nachos? For this recipe, I used aged spicy cheddar cheese, but you can use cojita, queso, or any other cheese you prefer.