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Authentic Mexican Birria de Res (Barista Tacos)

Rich and flavorful this Birria de Res (beef birria) is perfectly served as a stew topped with onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Or simply shred the meat and prepare the most authentic birria tacos! These beefy, cheesy, & crispy tacos are dipped into this rich flavorsome consome and they are to die for.

beef birria tacos

Yields: 8 portion
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 3h 30 mins Total: 3h 40 mins


What is Birria de Res (Beef Birria)

Birria de Res (Beef Birria) is a Mexican rich & flavorful slow stew in a pot, infused with spices and Mexican chilies. Every region in Mexico has its own variation of Birria, but it’s known to have originated from the state of Jalisco. It is traditionally made from a combination of goat meat, chili peppers, garlic, and bay leaves served as a stew on holidays and special occasions. Nowadays goat meat is often replaced with beef, lamb, or vegan meat substitutes. It is commonly accompanied by homemade tacos and seasoned and garnished with onion, cilantro, and lime.


More recently, this dish has become quite popular in Southern California thanks to the Quesabirria (Quesatacos or barista tacos) very much in hype these last 2 years also thanks to Instagram.

How to make the BEST Birria

✔️ I highly recommend the addition of beef bones to your broth for extra flavor. The fat that comes from the bones will completely transform your consome and taste amazing. 

✔️ Cuts of meat that work for birria

  • Beef chuck
  • Beef shank
  • Beef short ribs
  • Oxtails
  • Lamb’s shoulder
  • Lamb’s leg
  • Lamb’s ribs
  • Goat shoulder

Choose one or a combination of the meats above. It is all really just based on preference. Out of all these, I prefer beef chuck, but if I feel like splurging, I’ll add some oxtails to it as well. 

✔️ The key to the perfect Birria is slow cooking and not skipping any steps.

What are Birria Tacos?

What are Birria Tacos? Summing it up is they are juicy, cheesy, crispy, and finger-licking goodness! I must warn you that once you taste them it’s life-changing! You start thinking about Birria Tacos on weekends, and weekdays when you feel like eating cheat food on birthdays, and even on Christmas.

These beef birria tacos originated in Tijuana Mexico in the early 2000s. Technically it’s the traditional Birria de res stew but they use a different approach in creating tacos by staining the taco in the broth/sauce, filling it with cheese, birria beef, onion, cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and then frying it for a few seconds.

Birria Tacos are in such high demand now, that you can find a food truck selling them anywhere in Southern California. Eventually, they will get more and more popular worldwide.

Let’s dive into the recipe.

beef birria tacos

Authentic Beef Birria Tacos Recipe

Cooking the Birria de Res (Beef Birria)

This recipe is very simple if you follow these suggestions.

Prepare the Beef

STEP 1

First, you need to bring the chuck roast for half an hour. Then pat dry and season generously with Kosher Salt on top, bottom, and sides.

STEP 2

Meanwhile, deseed the dried chiles, prep all your ingredients, and heat a large Dutch oven.

Cook the Birria de Res

STEP 3

In the large Dutch oven, add 1-2 tbsp oil and sear all sides of the beef, pull, and cut into chunks.

STEP 4

Add water, onion, carrot, guajillo chilies, garlic, bay leaves, ancho chili powder, Mexican oregano, chicken bouillon, and kosher salt.

STEP 5

Let everything simmer for 45 mins and once the carrot and onion are well cooked then remove all veggies and blend them into a sauce.

STEP 6

Now add your chuck roast in the Dutch oven, add the sauce and leave to cook, and turn the meat every 45 min. Ensure the Dutch oven is hot enough and if the sauce is thickening up then add some water.

STEP 7

When the chuck roast is tender remove it from the dutch oven and shred. Then add the shredded beef back in and cook for another hour.

STEP 8

Stir everything and then add salt to taste. Add more chile water if the stew is too thick.

Prepare our Authentic Birria Tacos

STEP 9

Add oil to a pan (or flat-top cast iron). If you used beef bones for your broth, you can use this oil on the broth surface for frying the tortilla- it will add amazing flavor.

STEP 10

Dip a corn tortilla into the consome (broth) and put it in the pan or flat top, crisp on the side for 30 seconds, and then flip.

STEP 11

First, add shredded cheese, then beef, then close your taco over and press down to push a little bit of the cheese out for crispy cheesy edges.

STEP 12

Top with cilantro and chopped onions, and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Serve

STEP 13

Serve with a side of the consome to dip your birria tacos into.

FAQs

What is the Best cheese for Birria Tacos?

Actually, the important thing is that you use a cheese that melts easily like starting with the Mexican cheeses first:
⭐Oaxacan cheese (quesillo),

⭐Chihuahua,

⭐Asadero

⭐Monterrey Jack or Pepperjack

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beef birria tacos

Barista Tacos with Authentic Birria de Res Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

Birria de Res

  • 4 lbs Beef chuck roast cut into 4
  • 2 lb Short ribs with bone highly recommended
  • 6 cups Water hot (enough to cover beef)
  • 1 Carrot
  • 6 Guajillo chillies
  • 1-2 tsp Ancho chilli powder
  • 1 onion
  • 6 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp Chicken bouillon
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp oil

QuesaBirria Tacos

  • 14-16 white corn tortillas
  • 2 cups quesadillla cheese (or good melting cheese)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ½ onion rings
  • 2 limes cut in wedges

Instructions
 

  • First, you need to bring the chuck roast for half an hour. Then pat dry and season generously with Kosher Salt on top, bottom and sides.
  • Meanwhile, deseed the dried chiles, prep all your ingredients and heat a large dutch oven.
  • In the large dutch oven, add 1-2 tbsp oil and sear all sides of the beef, pull and cut into chunks.
  • Add water, onion, carrot, guajillo chillies, garlic, bay leaves, ancho chilli powder, Mexican oregano, chicken bouillon, and kosher salt.
  • If you are using beef bones, now would be the time to add them.
  • Let everything simmer for 45 mins and once the carrot and onion are well cooked then remove all veggies and blend them into a sauce.
  • Now add your chuck roast in the dutch oven, adding the sauce and leave to cook and turning the meat every 45 min. Ensure the dutch oven is hot enough.
  • If the sauce is thickening up then add some water.
  • When the chunk roast is tender remove it from the dutch oven and shred. Then add the shredded beef back in and cook for another hour.
  • Add oil to a pan (or flat top cast iron). If you used beef bones for your broth, you can use this oil on the broth surface for frying the tortilla- it will add amazing flavor.
  • Dip a corn tortilla into the consome (broth) and put it in the pan or flat top, crisp on the side for 30 seconds and then flip.
  • First add shredded cheese, then beef, then close your taco over and press down to push a little bit of the cheese out for crispy cheesy edges.
  • Top with cilantro and chopped onions, and a squeeze of fresh lime.
  • Serve with a side of the consome to dip your birria tacos into.
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