Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a simple recipe that packs a ton of flavor, these Paleo, Whole30, and keto Instant Pot Short Ribs seasoned with chili lime spices fit the bill perfectly!

I’ve recently been noticing on Instagram that most of the recipes that you guys have been cooking from my blog has been Whole30 Instant Pot recipes. Clearly, you guys have been using the Instant Pot more than ever which is so exciting. It’s definitely my favorite kitchen gadget!

By the way, if you end up making one of my recipes and posting it on Instagram, make sure to use the hashtag #whatgreatgrandmaate or tag my handle, @whatggmaate, to your post. It makes me so happy that you guys are cooking from my recipes and I love seeing them!

Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs Recipe

So, since you made it pretty clear that you are loving the IP recipes, I decided to share another one today. These Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs were inspired by a dish I had at a Mexican restaurant a few weeks back and I’ve been thinking about them ever since. They are ridiculously tender and jam packed with so much flavor, I think you’ll will love them.

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Easy Peasy in the Instant Pot

While the process to cook them is quite easy, you’ll never guess that when you taste these short ribs. The wonderful combination of the spices, along with lime zest and juice, are mouthwateringly delicious. And using the Instant Pot to cook the meat will have it fall-off-the-bone tender in no time.

Hope you enjoy these Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs as much as we did. We enjoyed the leftovers as taco meat and it was fantastic.  They reheat really well so make sure to cook up a double batch and enjoy it for several days!

Instant Pot Chili Lime Short Ribs Whole30 Paleo

Instant Pot Chili Lime Short Ribs Whole30 Paleo

Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jean Choi

If you are looking for a simple recipe that packs a ton of flavor, these Paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot Short Ribs seasoned with chili lime spices fit the bill perfectly!



  • 3-4 lb beef short ribs
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. If the short ribs aren't cut up already, slice them across into sections, so each section contains a bone.

  2. Combine chili powder, cumin, onion powder, oregano, sea salt, black pepper, coriander, cayenne, garlic cloves, and lime zest in a small bowl and mix together.

  3. Sprinkle and press down the spices all over the short ribs until the short ribs are evenly covered.

  4. Set Instant Pot to Sauté setting and heat coconut oil for 5-10 minutes, until fully heated. The reader on the Instant Pot will say "hot."

  5. Add the short ribs to the Instant Pot and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Work in batches if needed.

  6. Leave the beef in the Instant Pot and turn it off.

  7. Pour in lime juice and apple cider vinegar. 

  8. Close the lid and make sure the pressure valve is set to SEALING. Set the Instant Pot to MEAT/STEW for 35 minutes. Once done cooking, let it sit for 10 minutes until the pressure naturally releases and you can open the lid easily.

  9. Sprinkle with cilantro and more lime juice before serving. 

Recipe Notes

Even though this recipe doesn't require a lot of liquid, the Instant Pot will come to pressure and cook the short ribs. The meat will also release a lot of liquid during the cooking process, so you don't need to add more liquid. 

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19 thoughts on “Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs (Paleo, Whole30)

  1. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This looks delicious! We love short ribs in my home, especially my husband. The IP cooks them so perfectly! I love all of these beautiful flavors in this meal. Yum!

  2. Yang

    This is SO good Jean! When I am not grilling my short ribs, I also love the thick cuts – that’s perfect for stewing and braising. This flavour combo you have sounds like something I would totally LOVE to eat!

  3. Megan Stevens

    That meat looks INCREDIBLE!! I love the cumin and cloves and that beautiful broth that ensues. Can’t wait to make this for my family. We adore short ribs! Yay for the IP again! 😉

  4. Monique

    Hello YUM. I’ve never made – but I love to eat! – short ribs. Popping them in the pressure cooker is such a good idea; it makes something that seems daunting at first much easier!

  5. Leslie-Anne

    I love the Instant Pot for making quick work of ribs! Short ribs are so meaty and delicious – great for entertaining, especially on the Whole30 – no one would realize you were serving them a Whole30 meal if it was this delicious!


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