today I present to you what we call birria that mean delicious Mexican beef stew recipe it’s easy to make in Crock-Pot, Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Serve it as a simple stew or use this recipe to make birria tacos (or fried birria quesatacos)!
This traditional Mexican goat stew is easy to make at home and works equally well with lamb or beef if you can’t find fresh goat meat.
What Is Birria?
HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN BIRRIA !!
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, briefly toasted and ground (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin)
- 3–4 pounds bone-in goat meat (or substitute other stew meat such as lamb shoulder, lamb ribs, beef shank, short ribs, or beef chuck)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns
- pinch of Salt, to taste
- 3 dried guajillo chiles
- 3 dried ancho chiles
- 3 dried chiles de árbol
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried Mexican marjoram
- 2 whole cloves, briefly toasted and ground
- Corn tortillas, for serving
- 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves and stems
- Lime wedges, for serving
- 1 avocado cuted to small cubes
- Prepare chiles. Cut dried chiles open to remove seeds, then briefly toast in a dry skillet. Cover chiles with hot water and soak until rehydrated, about 10–30 minutes.
- Make the marinade. Drain chiles. In a food processor or blender, combine rehydrated chiles with diced onion, garlic, vinegar, tomatoes, and ground spices and puree until smooth, adding a little water if needed. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Braise. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Transfer Dutch oven (with lid or aluminum-foil cover) to oven and braise until meat is falling-off-the-bone tender, about 4 hours.
- Shred the meat. Remove the meat from the braising liquid. (Do not discard.) When cool enough to handle, shred the meat off the bones and set aside.
- Assemble. For soup (birria con consomé), add 3 cups water to the braising liquid and stir to combine. Add the meat back into the soup and bring to a simmer. Ladle soup into bowls and serve the soup with warm corn tortillas, cilantro, and lime. For birria tacos, reduce the braising liquid to a thick sauce. Fry the shredded meat until crispy and briefly dip warm corn tortillas in the sauce. (You can crisp the meat and warm up the tortillas on the same hot griddle.) Fill sauced tortillas with crispy goat meat and top with cilantro and lime.