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Authentic Birria Tacos

Tired of the usual taco fare? Experience the magic of authentic birria tacos with this simple yet traditional recipe. Even with grocery-store ingredients, we guarantee a taste that transports you straight to the heart of Mexico.

Birria tacos with Consomme


  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast or lamb, cut into chunks

  • 4 dried guajillo chilies, seeds removed

  • 2 dried ancho chilies, seeds removed

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 medium-sized white onion, quartered

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 4 cups beef or chicken broth

  • Salt, to taste

  • Pepper, to taste

  • Cooking oil

  • Corn tortillas

  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

  • Diced red onion, for garnish

  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Prepare the Chili Paste: Soak guajillo and ancho chilies in hot water for about 15 minutes or until softened. Blend softened chilies, garlic, a quarter of the onion, cumin, oregano, cloves, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, and 1 cup of the soaking water in a blender until it turns into a smooth paste.

  2. Sear the Meat: Heat a large pot with some cooking oil. Season the meat chunks with salt and pepper and sear them until browned on all sides.

  3. Simmer: Pour the blended chili paste over the browned meat and add in the beef or chicken broth, remaining onion quarters, and bay leaves. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and let it cook for about 3-4 hours, or until the meat is tender and can be easily shredded.

  4. Shred and Mix: Once cooked, remove the meat from the broth and shred it using two forks. Return the shredded meat to the broth, stirring well to let the flavors meld.

  5. Prepare Tacos: In a skillet, heat a little cooking oil over medium heat. Dip a corn tortilla into the broth (from the pot) and fry it for about 1-2 minutes on each side until crispy. Place the shredded birria meat in the center of the tortilla, and fold it over, pressing gently with a spatula.

  6. Serve: Serve birria tacos hot, garnished with chopped cilantro and diced red onion. Don't forget to squeeze some fresh lime juice on top for that extra zing!

Indulging in these birria tacos is like taking a flavorful journey to Mexico without leaving your kitchen. Rich, tender, and oh-so-delicious, this recipe will surely become a favorite in your household. Enjoy it with family and friends, and don't forget to pair it with your favorite salsa!

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