Short Rib Taquito with Mango Margarita Salsa

Short Rib Taquito with Mango Margarita Salsa

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This recipe for Short Rib Tacquito with Mango Margarita Salsa is courtesy of Chef Matthew King of Smith and Wollensky Steak House, and was part of the Mexican-themed menu served to food industry notables at the 2012 Noble Color Party, just prior to the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show.

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Be sure to start your preparations early--this recipe requires an overnight marination!


  • For the Mango Margarita Salsa:
  • 2 mangoes, peeled and small dice
  • 1 cup red onion, fine dice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1 cup avocado, small dice
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup roasted red pepper, small dice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the Coffee Rub:
  • 2 ounces espresso grind Gevalia coffee
  • 2 ounces cocoa powder
  • 1 ounce ground cinnamon
  • 2 ounces Porcini mushroom powder
  • 2 ounces Kosher salt
  • For the Short Ribs:
  • 2 pounds boneless Short Ribs
  • ¼ cup Coffee Rub (recipe above)
  • 8 ounces Coca Cola
  • 1 gallon veal stock
  • 2 cups onions
  • ¼ cup sliced garlic
  • 1 dry Ancho chile
  • 1 cup scallions
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 3 limes, sliced
  • Queso Fresco (cheese) to taste
  • Flour tortillas


  • 1 For the Mango Margarita Salsa:
  • 2 Combine ingredients and allow to marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • 3
  • 4 For the Gevalia Coffee Rub:
  • 5 Combine all ingredients to be used with short ribs preparation.
  • 6
  • 7 For the Short Ribs:
  • 8 Rub the short ribs with the coffee rub (recipe above) and pour Coke over the top.
  • 9 Allow to marinate overnight.
  • 10 Hydrate the dry Ancho chile in water. Split in ½ to remove the seeds and finely dice.
  • 11 Sear the short ribs well in a cast iron skillet.
  • 12 Remove the short ribs from the skillet and add the onions, garlic, limes and Ancho chile. Cooke for 5-10 minutes on medium heat or until soft and lightly browned.
  • 13 Add the veal stock and bring to a simmer. Add the short ribs, cover and cook in a 250 degree oven for 4 hours or until fork tender.
  • 14 Remove the meat from the sauce and allow to cool.
  • 15 Reduce the sauce until thick, pull apart the meat separating as much of the fat as you can.
  • 16 Fold together the sauce, scallions and cilantro.
  • 17 Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 18
  • 19 To Assemble the Taquitos:
  • 20 Place a small amount of the short rib in the middle of a flour tortilla.
  • 21 Add a small amount of Queso Fresco and the mango avocado salsa.
  • 22 Roll and enjoy.


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