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Birria de Res Tacos (Beef Birria Tacos) Recipe

4 hours 15 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Have you ever tried tacos? They are a traditional Mexican dish. Beef birria tacos are popular because of their crispy tortillas and flavorful, spicy meats. Perfect for a cozy evening with friends, these tacos offer a delightful culinary experience. Making Birria de Res Tacos is an interesting process that guarantees a tasty result. Try making them with your friends or family to spend time together.

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What Is Birria?

Birria is a popular Mexican dish that consists of meat, usually beef, slowly cooked with a variety of spices, including dried chiles, garlic, cumin, cloves, and thyme. The meat is typically served as a stew or in tacos, often accompanied by a rich sauce. Birria has gained widespread popularity for its spicy, aromatic flavor and tender, slow-cooked meat.

how to make Birria de Res Tacos (Beef Birria Tacos) Recipe

Birria Tacos Ingredients

Let’s take a look at the main ingredients for the birria tacos:

  • Dried chile peppers: It is used to give beef a spicy kick and create a rich, complex flavor.
  • Beef: It forms the primary protein base, provides a meaty texture, and absorbs the flavors of the spices and chili peppers.
  • Seasonings: Add seasoning to enhance the taste of the beef. 
  • Olive oil: It is used to cook the beef and to give it a mild undertone.
  • Tomatoes: Add a refreshing, juicy touch and contribute to the overall texture and flavor of the beef.
  • Vinegar: Use the vinegar to tenderize the beef while cooking.
  • Tortillas:  Use store-bought tortillas to save your time on cooking tacos.
  • Onion and cilantro: Add onion and cilantro to provide freshness, crunch, and a burst of herbal flavor to complement the beef.

Birria de Res Tacos step by step

How to Make Birria Tacos

Making birria tacos takes some time. But it’s worth it because you’ll end up with a delicious dish. These are the main steps of the birria de res tacos recipe.

  1. Bring the dried peppers to a boil for 5 minutes, then take them off the heat and let the peppers soak until the water is cool. Drain, reserving some water.
  2. To prepare the neat, season the beef with salt and pepper and sear on all sides in the oil in a Dutch oven.
  3. Then, grill the tomatoes until the skin blisters and begins to peel.
  4. Combine the soaked chili peppers with the reserved chili water, the tomatoes, the vinegar, and the spices in a blender.
  5. Strain the sauce and pour over the meat. Cover the Dutch oven and cook until the meat begins to fall apart, basting often. Let the meat rest, then shred.
  6. Heat the tortillas on the griddle. Fill each tortilla with the meat, onions, and cilantro.

Birria de Res Tacos (Beef Birria Tacos) Recipe

The note:

You can replace the Dutch oven with a slow cooker. Simply cook the birria on high heat for 4 to 6 hours, or on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.

Best Birria Taco Tips

  • For a perfect sear, make sure your meat is thoroughly dry with a paper towel before placing it in the hot pan. If it doesn’t sizzle immediately, your pan isn’t hot enough! 
  • It is better to cut the meat into chunks rather than leaving it whole, as this provides more surface area for crispy bits when shredding.
  • Remove the fat from the braising liquid after the meat is cooked. You can use this flavorful fat to cook your tortillas before assembling the tacos.

How to Serve Birria Tacos?

Birria tacos are often served with a side of consomé, the flavorful broth that results from braising the meat. These tacos are usually dipped or dunked in the consomé before eating, adding more richness to the overall experience. Garnish with onions, cilantro, and a lime wedge for a classic touch.

I like this recipe because it is a completely self-contained dish that is suitable for a hearty and healthy lunch. The beef used in this recipe is a source of protein, iron, and other important nutrients. Tomatoes, onions, and garlic contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are beneficial for health. Corn tortillas will provide quality carbohydrates to fuel energy. Additionally, there are many spices in the recipe, all of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and will also add a sense of satiety. Of course, it's worth noting that the dish is quite spicy, so it's advisable to abstain from it for those with digestive problems (gastritis, acid reflux). I also want to point out that the optimal time to consume this dish is during midday when our digestion is most active. Tacos like these can be a bit heavy for breakfast and dinner in terms of digestion efficiency.

Jenny Dobrynina
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Birria de Res Tacos (Beef Birria Tacos) Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Brunch, Lunch
Birria de Res Tacos - crispy, mouthwatering Mexican dish!
The best Birria de Res Tacos Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
18 tacos
The ingredients you need:
6 dried guajillo chile peppers, seeded
4 dried chile de arbol peppers, stemmed and seeded
2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
4 medium Roma tomatoes
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
4 whole cloves
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cumin
1 pinch ground thyme
1 pinch dried marjoram
1 pinch dried oregano
1 pinch salt
4 pounds beef chuck roast
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
18 corn tortillas
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup shredded queso asadero (white Mexican cheese) (Optional)
Let’s start !

1. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil.


2. Then begin making the sauce: Add the guajillo, arbol, and ancho chiles to the boiling water; boil for 5 minutes.


3. Remove the pot from the heat and let the peppers soak until cool. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water.


4. Then sear the meat: Rinse the beef and pat it dry with a paper towel. Cut beef into chunks if desired and season with salt and pepper.


5. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until it is browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.


6. Then, continue to cook the sauce, while the beef is searing: Line a heavy cast-iron grill pan or griddle with aluminum foil and place over high heat. Arrange tomatoes in a single layer on top. Grill until the tomato skin is burned on all sides and begins to peel, 3 to 5 minutes.


7. Place cooled chiles in a blender. Add the vinegar, garlic, 2 teaspoons of black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, thyme, marjoram, oregano, and salt to the blender. Pour in the reserved 1/4 cup of the chile water and continue to blend until smooth.


8. Strain the chile sauce through a mesh strainer and pour over the browned meat in the Dutch oven, turning the roast so it is completely covered with the sauce; cover with a lid.


9. Bake in the preheated oven, basting the meat with the sauce every 45 minutes, until the birria begins to fall apart, 3 to 4 hours. Remove the lid and bake, uncovered, until the birria is crisp on top, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover with 2 layers of aluminum foil, and let rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.


10. Remove meat to a cutting board and strain off any fat from the sauce. Using two forks, shred the meat, then return the meat to the pot and stir in the sauce to combine.


11. Assemble and heat tacos: Fill each tortilla with the birria and top with Mexican cheese, chopped onion, and cilantro. Heat tortillas on a griddle, flipping until both sides are crisp and the cheese is melted.


12. Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 18
Calories: 268
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g27%
Saturated Fat 8g42%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 70mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g1%
Protein 17g 
Vitamin C 2mg8%
Calcium 19mg1%
Iron 2mg13%
Potassium 305mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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To elevate your Fiesta Conch Ceviche, consider letting it marinate in the refrigerator for a little longer before serving. This extended marination time allows the flavors to meld even further, intensifying the taste and enhancing the overall culinary experience. Additionally, when serving, present it with a touch of flair—arrange the plantain chips in an artful display to add a visual feast to the gastronomic delight. Enjoy the journey to the Conch Islands right in your own kitchen!

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