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How To Make Birria Tacos

How To Make Birria Tacos

By T. EmmanuelPublished 6 months ago 3 min read
How To Make Birria Tacos
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Here's a detailed recipe for making Birria Tacos, a flavorful and popular Mexican dish:


For the Birria:

2 pounds of beef (such as chuck roast or brisket)

3-4 dried guajillo chilies

2 dried ancho chilies

1 medium onion

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of cumin seeds

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1 teaspoon of ground cloves

4-5 bay leaves

Salt and black pepper to taste

1 cup of beef broth

1 cup of water

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the Tacos:

Corn tortillas

Chopped onions and cilantro

Lime wedges

Salsa (optional)


Prepare the Chilies:

Start by removing the stems and seeds from the dried guajillo and ancho chilies.

Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and toast the chilies for a minute or two until they become fragrant.

Place the toasted chilies in a bowl and cover them with hot water. Let them soak for about 15-20 minutes until they become soft.

Make the Adobo Sauce:

While the chilies are soaking, roughly chop the onion and garlic.

In the same skillet, add a bit of oil and sauté the chopped onion and garlic until they are translucent.

Add the cumin seeds, dried oregano, ground cloves, and bay leaves to the skillet. Toast them for a minute or two to release their flavors.

Remove the chilies from the soaking water and place them in a blender along with the sautéed onion, garlic, and spices.

Add salt, black pepper, beef broth, and water to the blender. Blend everything into a smooth and thick adobo sauce.

Marinate the Beef:

Cut the beef into smaller chunks and place them in a large pot or Dutch oven.

Pour the adobo sauce over the beef and mix well to coat all the meat.

Cover the pot and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2-4 hours, or overnight for the best flavor.

Cook the Birria:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Place the covered pot in the preheated oven and let the Birria cook for 2-3 hours. You can also simmer it on the stovetop on low heat if you prefer.

Shred the Beef:

Once the meat is tender and fully cooked, remove it from the pot. Use two forks to shred the beef into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Discard any large pieces of fat or bone.

Serve the Birria Tacos:

Heat the corn tortillas in a dry skillet or microwave until they are warm and pliable.

To assemble the Birria Tacos, place a generous portion of shredded beef on a tortilla.

Top it with chopped onions and cilantro for freshness and flavor.

Squeeze a lime wedge over the filling for a zesty kick.

If you like it spicy, add a spoonful of salsa.

Prepare the Consommé (Optional):

Birria Tacos are traditionally served with a rich, flavorful consommé (broth) for dipping. To make the consommé, you can strain the cooking liquid from the Birria and serve it in small bowls alongside the tacos. It's a delightful way to enhance the experience of enjoying Birria Tacos.

Birria Tacos are a mouthwatering and savory treat that combines the smoky, earthy flavors of the chilies with the tender, seasoned beef. Enjoy your homemade Birria Tacos with friends and family, and savor the rich and authentic taste of this Mexican delight.

These Birria Tacos are a versatile and flavorful dish that can be customized to suit your preferences. Whether you enjoy them with a side of consommé or with your favorite salsa, these tacos are sure to be a hit at any gathering or family meal.

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