Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

Serve it over mashed sweet potatoes or toss it with pasta, either way this slow cooker short rib ragu is the perfect comfort food as the weather gets cooler.

It’s been less than a month and I’m already back with another slow cooker recipe. First there were slow cooker bbq apple pulled pork sandwiches and now this slow cooker short rib ragu. I’m trying hard this season to embrace the thing, really, I am.

Not only is there my slow cooker recipe today either, but 5 other healthy slow cooker recipes as well. I’m teaming up again with some of my healthy food blogging friends to give you all sorts of delicious fall inspired slow cooker recipes and a giveaway for a 6-quart programmable Hamilton Beach slow cooker (see widget at the bottom of the post to enter).

Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

One of my favorite family comfort foods when the temps drop is my mom’s bolognese sauce. It’s meaty, hearty, comforting and everything I want to eat on a crisp fall day. That was sort of my basis for this short rib ragu except, well, with short ribs. Short ribs kick ground beef’s ass any day of the week as far as I’m concerned and they’re just perfect for the slow cooker. After 6-7 hours, the meat just falls off the bone and gets super tender. Shred it up, toss it back in with the wine, broth and tomato mushroom base and you’ve got the perfect sauce to top a sweet potato mash (paleo) or some al dente pasta (not paleo but delicious).

Slow cooker short rib sauce

Let’s take a look at everyone else’s slow cooker creations…

Healthy slow cooker recipes

Davida’s Slow Cooker Applesauce

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Taylor’s Shredded Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Pumpkin and Salsa

This tender, paleo slow cooker roast beef is mixed with pumpkin and salsa and then shredded! It’s perfect in tacos or on a salad for a healthy, weeknight meal, that is full of fall flavor!

Shredded Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Pumpkin and Salsa

Lexi’s Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

Dinner has never been so good! Packed with delicious flavors, this slow-cooked roasted whole chicken is so easy to throw together, and makes for the perfect meal! Pair it with veggies, salad, or anything you’d like and you are ready to go!

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

Brittany’s Slow Cooker Fajita Soup

Craving Mexican? Simply toss all the ingredients for fajitas in your slow cooker and a few hours later you’ll have a comforting soup that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice.

Slow Cooker Fajita Soup

Lee’s Honey Sriracha Chicken

All you need are 5 ingredients to make this delicious, clean-eating slow cooker honey sriracha chicken that’s made with REAL food.

Honey Sriracha Slow Cooker Chicken

And of course my slow cooker short rib ragu. I know it requires a searing step before it gets going in the slow cooker and while I sorta hate that about slow cooker recipes, it’s really so worth it when it comes to meat like this. Promise!

Crock Pot Short Rib Ragu

Hamilton Beach was nice enough to sponsor a giveaway for a sweet 6-quart programmable slow cooker. Giveaway ends Oct. 2, 2015. U.S. only please. Enter using the widget below the recipe.

Serves 4-6     adjust servings

Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

Cook Time 7 hr Prep Time
Preparation 15 min Cook Time
Total Time 7 hrs 15 mins Total Time

Serve it over mashed sweet potatoes or toss it with pasta, either way this slow cooker short rib ragu is the perfect comfort food as the weather gets cooler.


  • 3 pounds bone-in short ribs
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces chopped tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 5-7 sprigs thyme
  • 1-2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Place the short ribs in a large bowl and toss with the tapioca flour.
  2. Place the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Once hot, place the short ribs in the pot and sear until browned on each side.
  4. Transfer the browned short-ribs to the slow cooker .
  5. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  6. Remove the short ribs, shred the meat off the bones and return to the slow cooker. Continue cooking another 30-45 minutes.
  7. Serve over mashed sweet potato or pasta.


  1. Brittany

    I’ve never had short ribs before but this presentation is making me want to expand my horizons and try them. And those mashed sweet potatoes…. yes, please!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      No, sorry, I don’t calculate nutritional info for the recipes on here. Feel free to plug it into any of them online and figure it out though.

  2. Anna

    Is the tapioca flour step a must? I’ve seen just seasoning them with salt and pepper and browning. If it is, would regular flour be a fine substitute?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Tapioca flour was just to keep things paleo. Regular flour would totally work. Skipping the flour is also ok, not crucial. Hope you love it, it’s a fave over here!


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