Birria Tacos

March 11, 2021

Birria Tacos

Sweet, sour, spicy and utterly savoury Mexican beef stew, packed in to crisp tacos and filled with oozy cheese, crunchy onions and fresh coriander and served with a bowl of your own stew dipping sauce - SENSATIONAL!


  • 500 g Beef chuck
  • 250 g Braising beef 
  • 6 Ancho chillies (ends trimmed and de-seeded)
  • 6 Guajillo chillies (ends trimmed and de-seeded)
  • 3 Chiles de arbol (ends trimmed and de-seeded)
  • 1 Large white onion
  • 7 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5 Large tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Black peppercorn
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp Ground cloves (grind down)
  • ½ Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 3 Cups of beef broth
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Vinegar
  • 6 Corn tortillas
  • A large handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ White onion, finely chopped
  • Oaxacan Mexican Cheese or Grated Mozzarella


  1. MEAT
    Bring the meat to room temperature, about 30 minutes and then sprinkle on all sides with salt and pepper. In a large skillet or pan), set over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. When hot, add the meat and sear on all sides until browned. You’ll have to do this in batches. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. SAUCE
    Meanwhile, in another medium pot, add the dried chiles, halved white onion, garlic cloves, tomatoes, spices, bay leaves and add cold water until it covers everything. Place over medium heat and simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Pour through a strainer and transfer everything, including the whole spices to a blender. Add the vinegar and about 100 ml of beef broth and blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  3. MEAT
    Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Clesius. Add the meat back to a large casserole dish or oven proof pot and pour the sauce over it.To the blender, add the remaining 1 ml of broth or water and swirl it around to pick up any leftover sauce and pour it into the oven pot. Place over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer and then immediately cover and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook for about 5 - 6 hours, until the meat is tender.
  4. TACOS
    Mix together the coriander, white onion, lime and salt. Remove the meat from the sauce and shred using two forks. Ladle the broth into a bowl and add a handful of chopped coriander. Add a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Dip the tortilla into the top of the broth and add it to the skillet. Pan fry on one side for about 30 seconds and then flip over. Add a some of the shredded meat and the shredded cheese. Fold over and cook until pan fried on both sides, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and serve alongside the broth.

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