Hungarian Short Ribs Recipe
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Hungarian Short Ribs Recipe

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Meet the Cook: This is a special meal in our house - as soon as I get ribs, I know which dish my family will ask me to make. My husband and I have three children, ages 8, 6 and 3. So I've automatically learned to be a versatile cook! -Joanne ShewChuk, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Cooked wide egg noodles

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 261 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 735mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown ribs on all sides. Add onions; cook until tender. Combine all remaining ingredients except noodles; pour over ribs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until the meat is tender. Thicken gravy if desired. Serve over noodles.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled rib mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Serve with noodles.
    Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Hungarian Short Ribs in Country Woman May/June 1992, p29

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"This was so, so good. My husband loved it, as did I. Definitely will make again."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Wonderful flavor!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"I tried this recipe and everyone loved it. the only thing I did different was to add some sour cream to the juice after I took out the meat. great!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"My family really liked this short ribs recipe! I served it with noodles, peas, and made homemade bread with it. Thanks!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"Made this for my family and they really liked it. My daughter who usually takes forever to eat, gobbled the ribs up right away. Would definitely make this again - it was really easy too!"

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