BeefCourseCuisinesDietGluten-FreeLatinMain DishMexican

Birria Tacos

Crispy, drippy, and delicious, is the only way to describe this Birria Tacos recipe! They are packed with flavor which everyone will love!

There is nothing better than a delicious homemade taco when you are craving a little fiesta in your life. Other delicious taco recipes you have to check out are my Asadero Cheese and Steak Tacos, Vegan Carnitas Tacos, and Skinny Baja Fish Tacos!

birria tacos with consommé on a plate

Messy, Yet Delicious

Since this recipe takes time to cook the savory Mexican beef, you know that it is going to make an incredible dish. Well, these tacos are incredible! It does take some time to cook the meat, but when you see the tender meat fall off the bone, you know you are in for an amazing meal. I love Birria Tacos, because making and eating them really is an experience. Grabbing a hot and freshly made taco and dipping it into the reserved broth it was cooking in with freshly chopped onions and cilantro, *chef’s kiss*, it’s incredible.

How to make Birria Tacos

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts see the recipe card below.

birria tacos ingredients on a table

In a large Dutch oven, add in the meat, onion, garlic bulb, carrots, bay leaves and dried guajillo peppers and cover the ingredients with water.

dutch oven with beef, chilies, onion, carrots and garlic bulb

Next, add in the chicken bullion, oregano, cumin, and salt and stir to combine. Bring to a boil.

dutch oven with quesabirria taco ingredients

After 30 minutes, skim the top of the pot to remove any impurities from the bone cooking out. (This looks like bits of foam on the top). At this point it will look like a beef stew, but we are making tacos!

dutch oven cooking beef birria

Then, remove the guajillo chilies from the pot and place them in a blender with ¼-½ cup of broth and blend until smooth.

chilies in a blender

If necessary, strain the blended chilies to remove the skin bits and then return the blended chilies mixture back into the pot and stir in to combine.

Next, add in the chili powder.

Cover the pot and continue to simmer for about 2 ½ hours until the meat is tender and will shred on its own. Be sure to stir every 30 minutes or so.

After it has cooked, turn off the heat and remove the meat pieces from the pot to shred. Be sure to remove and throw away the bones in the process.

beef birria shredded in a bowl on a table

After the meat is shredded, use a ladle and remove the broth from the pot into a large bowl on the side, this is the sauce you will use for making your tacos.

Grab a large skillet and heat on your stovetop over medium high heat

Dip a corn tortilla into the reserved sauce and place into your skillet. Then on one side of the taco add your quesadilla cheese and shredded meat. Because we are adding quesadilla cheese in with the beef birria, these are also called quesabirria tacos. Fold over the other half of the tortilla and cook each side until you get a nice crisp exterior.

cooking a quesabirria taco in a skillet

Repeat with the remainder of ingredients.

Then, in a ramekin add in additional broth from the pot and top with chopped white onion and fresh cilantro for dipping your beef birria tacos.

Finally serve and enjoy!

dipping a birria taco into the birria sauce

Delicious Sides to serve with these Birria Tacos

Storing and Reheating Birria Tacos

How to store birria tacos? Store birria tacos in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. If you haven’t make all the meat into tacos, then you can freeze the leftover meat in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

How to reheat birria tacos? You can reheat these tacos in the oven or an air fryer. Here are both methods. The best way to reheat these tacos is in an air fryer. Set your air fryer to 350°F (180°C). Place your leftover tacos in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Heat them for 4 or 5 minutes. Once they are fully heated, serve immediately. You should check on the tacos every 2 minutes to make sure the taco shells don’t get burned, as this can happen quickly in the air fryer.

For the oven method, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Put the leftover birria tacos on a wire rack and set the rack over a baking sheet to catch any drippings. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until warm in the middle. Once heated, serve immediately.

Birria Tacos Recipe

Crispy, drippy, and delicious, is the only way to describe this Birria Tacos recipe! They are packed with flavor which everyone will love!
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Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 18 tacos
Calories: 338kcal
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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chuck roast
  • 2 lbs short ribs
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 garlic bulb - narrow top cut off
  • 4 large carrots - each cut into 4 large pieces
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 8 guajillo chilies - stems cut and seeds removed
  • 3 Tbsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1/4 cup beef broth - or chicken broth
For Taco Assembly
  • 12-16 white corn tortillas
  • 2 cups quesadilla cheese
  • 1 cup white onion - diced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • In a large Dutch oven, add in the meat, onion, garlic bulb, carrots, bay leaves and dried peppers and cover the ingredients with water.
  • Next, add in the chicken bouillon, oregano, cumin, and salt and stir to combine. Bring to a boil.
  • After 30 minutes, skim the top of the pot to remove any impurities from the bone cooking out. (This looks like bits of foam on the top).
  • Next, remove the guajillo chilies from the pot and place in a blender with ¼-½ cup of broth and blend until smooth.
  • If necessary, strain the blended chilies to remove the skin bits and then return the blended chilies mixture back into the pot and stir in to combine.
  • Next, add in the chili powder.
  • Cover the pot and continue to simmer for about 2 ½ hours until the meat is tender and will shred on its own. Be sure to stir every 30 minutes or so.
  • After it has cooked, turn off the heat and remove the meat pieces from the pot to shred. Be sure to remove and throw away the bones in the process.
  • After the meat is shredded, use a ladle and remove the broth from the pot into a large bowl on the side, this is the sauce you will use for making your tacos.
  • Time to assemble the tacos. To start grab a large skillet and heat on your stovetop over medium high heat.
  • Dip a corn tortilla into the reserved sauce and place into your skillet. Then on one side of the taco add your quesadilla cheese and shredded meat. Fold over the other half of the tortilla and cook each side until you get a nice crisp exterior. Repeat with the remainder of ingredients.
  • Then, in a ramekin add in additional broth from the pot and top with chopped white onion and fresh cilantro for dipping your tacos. And enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Birria Tacos Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 taco
Amount per Serving
Calories
338
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
102
mg
34
%
Sodium
 
570
mg
25
%
Potassium
 
493
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
30
g
60
%
Vitamin A
 
2375
IU
48
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
233
mg
23
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    I will try the Birrias Tacos 🌮 our next Tacos Tuesday Night for sure and already see Zucchini 👀 Boats on the horizon. Thank you so much!