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Taco night at home? Give your tacos a twist with this insanely delicious and unique Birria Tacos. Bursting with flavor and oh-so-savory taste- this beef Birria tacos recipe is a must-try for taco enthusiasts. Whenever I have tacos at night at home, I usually turn to this meaty and delicious recipe, and everyone loves them!! VIDEO below.

A hand holding a birria taco over a plate of tacos and showing the texture of the meat and cheese and details of the tacos

There’s so much to cover here, so Let’s dig right in! 

 

Birria Tacos – What is Birria Tacos?

Birria literally means ‘’Exquisite savory dish, full of culture and tradition.”  The dish “Birria” is an old Mexican dish traditionally made from goat, but you can also make it with lamb, pork, veal, and beef.

The classic Birria is a meaty stew that is slow-cooked to perfection and is a combination of spicy, sweet, tangy, smokey and savory flavors. 

When you stuff this meaty birria goodness in the crunchy tacos and top the tacos or dip the tacos in the sauce, you pan fry the tacos and what you get is delicious, crunchy, and juicy flavors.

Birria Tacos went viral on social media, and hence became a staple at many restaurants and food trucks. unlike other viral food, this one is addictively addictive that people cannot get enough of birria tacos.

The state of Original Birria stew Jalisco is the hometown of original Birria stew, but Birria tacos have taken over the world, and taco lovers across the globe cannot get enough of this delicious dish.

A plate of birria tacos with a bowl of dipping sauce next to it

When did Birria Tacos become popular?

Did you know Birria tacos were the most searched food on google in 2021? Yup, according to google, Birria tacos topped the most popular dish in 2021 with nearly 4 million searches. That’s something phenomenal!

The Mexican-American delicacy is making waves in the food world, and for all the right reasons. We know Birria is an old Mexican dish, but Birria Tacos blew up recently when it caught the attention of food bloggers and influencers. 

In the United States, Birria tacos caught the attention of the masses when a commercial from a Hispanic restaurant aired during the 2019 super bowl. Suddenly everyone started talking about the red, meaty tacos that looked heavenly.

Tiktok also played a significant part in making Birria tacos go viral. The hashtag birria tacos have more than 660 million views on TikTok alone. 

Birria Tacos Ingredients

a hand holding a Guajillo chilli to show the pepper

  • Guajillo chilies — These are one of the main components and flavors of a Birria taco. It’s a dried type of Mexican chilies that have a sweet, fruity, tangy and smoky flavor.  Guajillo chillies are mild to medium spicy, so they won’t overwhelm the birria tacos recipe with spice.

Ingredients for the birria tacos sauce including chipotle, tomatoes, whole spice, vinegar, garlic, onions, dried spices and stock

  • Chipotle in Adobo  — Smoky canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a deep flavor
  • Crushed tomatoes — Slight tangy and tomato taste to the sauce
  • Vinegar — Breaks down the meat
  • Garlic and Onions — flavor to the sauce
  • Dried spice — Mexican oregano, cumin and chilli powder
  • Whole Spice — cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves
  • Stock — to create a sauce

Birria Tacos Recipe

There are two main components to this recipe. There’s the Birria Stew which consists of cooking the marinated meat in the sauce along with other spices and stock. And then there’s the tacos itself–the making and flavoring of the final taco. 

So let’s start!

How to Make Birria Stew

boiling water being poured over the Guajillo chillies to soak

How to Make Birria Tacos

Birria Dipping Sauce

a bowl of birria dipping sauce with white onions and cilantro

This sauce is so very unique to Birria tacos, as it’s used for serving. You’ll need the remaining sauce from the cooked meat and add some if it in a small bowl. To that you’ll add some fresh chopped cilantro and diced white onions. Mix and it’s ready!

Birria Tacos TIPS + Q&A

  • Use Beef chuck for the best tasting recipe! They have the perfect taste, level of fat and the meat cooks so beautifully!
  • Look for Guajillo chillies at your ethnic aisle or from a Mexican store–they are a crucial flavor to the sauce.
  • Add in more spice to your taste such as chilli flakes to the sauce
  • Marinade the meat for up to 24 hours–the more the better. However you may still proceed without any if you’re rushed.
  • this recipe can be ade in an instant pot (saving you half the cooking time), however it works just as well in the oven (in an oven safe dish covered with foil at 400 degrees F). You may slo cook the meat on the stove.
  • Make sure to keep the sauce when the met is ready as it will be used to dip the tacos in!
  • The tortillas have to be dipped in the sauce for that distinct orange color!
  • Use your favorite cheese here!
  • Freeze the remaining meat and sauce and have birria tacos next time in a breeze!

a hand dipping a birria tacos in the birria sauce

What do Birria tacos taste like?

Birria tacos have a unique taste which is why people can’t get enough of them. The tortilla is smothered in the sauce and then fried on the griddle until nice and crispy. The tender meat of birria makes for a great filling and gives it a sweet, savory, and spicy taste. The birria sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce and takes the taste to another level. Bursting with so many flavors, the birria taco is an ultimate treat.

What is Birria tacos sauce made of?

Birria sauce is a rich and palatable concoction of rich spices, herbs, guajillo, chipotle peppers, tomatoes, and garlic. The sauce is cooked to perfection and then added to the chuck meat to give the beef more flavor. It is also served as the dipping sauce once the tacos are ready to serve.

What is used for Birria meat?

Goat meat was preferred originally, but over the years, the birria recipe has evolved. Nowadays, you can use any type of meat according to your preference. I like beef chuck meat personally to make the stew. When it is tender, I simply shred it using a fork. Chuck meat is affordable and gets tender quickly, which is why I prefer it. You can use veal, beef, goat, or pork as well.

What do Birria tacos contain?

Birria tacos are simple to make, and they taste delicious. The meaty flavor of juicy beef, the spiciness of chilies, the tangy taste of onions, and the crunchy corn tortillas make birria tacos a dish that can be savored at weddings, parties, get-togethers, and even at home for breakfast.

Why are they called birria tacos?

During the conquest of Mexico, the Spanish conquerors looked down upon goat meat because of its strong smell and hard texture. So they decided to give goats to the Mexicans. Unlike their masters, Mexican people happily accepted the goat meat and made it appetizing by adding different sauces and herbs to it. The dishes produced by Mexicans were termed as ”Birria” meaning worthless in Spanish, as the goat meat was worthless to the Spanish conquerors.

Why are Birria tacos red?

Birria tacos are also called red tacos because of their bright red color. The tacos are dipped in a sauce that has a menagerie of spices and then fried on the skillet over medium heat, which gives the tacos their signature red color.

How do you make birria tacos crunchy?

Crunchy, crispy, spicy- that’s how tacos should be. Eating soggy tacos is not the way to eat tacos at all. To make your birria de res tacos crunchy, I am gonna share a trick with you. Using tongs, dip the corn tortillas in the stew sauce.  Now place the tortilla on the griddle, press it nicely, and let them fry in the grease until it’s crispy and red. Top it off with onions and cilantro, shredded meat, and some Oaxaca cheese.

What is birria dipping sauce?

Birria dipping sauce that is served with the tacos is the reserved stew from cooking the meat. It’s a mix of spicy, smokey and pure deliciousness! Just add a bunch of fresh cilantro and diced white onions to the sauce last minute before serving.

Are Birria tacos made with corn or flour tortillas?

Birria tacos are made from corn tortillas that are filled with shredded birria meat, however you can make it any way you’d like!

Crispy Birria tacos on a plate showing how crispy the edges are and with a close up of the dipping sauce

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A hand holding a birria taco over a plate of tacos and showing the texture of the meat and cheese and details of the tacos

Birria Tacos

Birria Tacos are a classical Mexican taco bursting with flavor like no other! A beefy tasty Birria stew is made and then used to stuff and dip the tacos in–Full guide to Birria tacos recipe with video!

Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Birria Meat

  • 1.5
    lb
    beef chuck
    with or without bone

Birria Sauce & Marinade

  • 4
    Guajillo chiles
    soaked in 1 cup hot boiling water
  • 1
    can
    chipotle in adobo
  • 1/2
    cup
    crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4
    cup
    vinegar
    white
  • 6
    garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoon
    oregano
    Mexican oregano is best
  • 1
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoon
    chilli powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    salt and pepper
    more or less to taste
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    chilli flakes
    optional for extra heat

Birria Stew

  • 2
    onions
    diced
  • 1
    tablepsoon
    oil
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1
    cinnamon stick
    whole
  • 5
    cloves
    whole
  • 2
    cups
    stock
    chicken, beef or veggies

Birria Tacos

  • 24
    mini tortillas
    flour or corn, plain or flavored
  • 2
    cups
    cheese
    Monterey, cheddar or your favorite
  • 1/4
    cup
    cilantro
    chopped
  • 1
    white onion
    diced finely
  • 2
    jalapenos
    sliced (optional for extra heat)

Instructions

  1. Start by soaking your Guajillo chiles in the hot water in a bowl and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap so it softens up.

  2. Once the pepper are softened, they’re ready to use. Usually this takes around 15 minutes.

  3. In a blender add all the marinade ingredients.

  4. Add to them the soaked and ready Guajillo chiles.

  5. Blend until smooth and silky.

  6. Coat the meat with the blender sauce and marinade or proceed with the recipe.

  7. You can marinate the meat for upto 12 hours.

  8. To make the birria stew: sautee the onions with the oil.

  9. You can use an instant pot or large stovetop pan.

  10. Once the onions are translucent, add in the meat and sauce mixture all at once.

  11. Add to that the whole spices.

  12. Then add in the stock and cook the stew.

  13. For instant pot –select pressure high and cook for 40 minutes.

  14. For stove top — cover the pot and cook for 1 hour and a half.

  15. If you want to bake the birria — place all ingredients with onions in an oven safe dish and cover the dish with foil. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour and half.

  16. The stew is ready when the meat comes out tender.

  17. Preserve the sauce and set aside.

  18. Take the meat and use a fork to shred it into fine shreds on a wooden board.

  19. Add the meat to bowl along with 3 ladles of the reserved sauce to flavor up the meat.

  20. Make the tacos: Dip each tortilla into the reserved sauce to flavor it up. Make sure to quickly dip and remove the tortilla– this will prevent it from being soggy.

  21. In a heavy duty pan, place the coated tortilla in to the pan and add cheese over half of the tortilla.

  22. Pile up the meat over the cheese.

  23. Fold over the tortilla to cover the meat and press it down.

  24. flip the tacos when ready and golden and allow it to sear on both sides a total of 5 minutes.

  25. Sprinkle the tacos with cilantros and jalapeños

  26. For the dipping sauce : take 2 cups of the reserved birria stew sauce nd add to it the onions and remianing cilantro.

  27. Serve the birria tacos with the dipping sauce!

Recipe Notes

Birria Tacos TIPS + Q&A

  • Use Beef chuck for the best tasting recipe! They have the perfect taste, level of fat and the meat cooks so beautifully!
  • Look for Guajillo chillies at your ethnic aisle or from a Mexican store–they are a crucial flavor to the sauce.
  • Add in more spice to your taste such as chilli flakes to the sauce
  • Marinade the meat for up to 24 hours–the more the better. However you may still proceed without any if you’re rushed.
  • this recipe can be ade in an instant pot (saving you half the cooking time), however it works just as well in the oven (in an oven safe dish covered with foil at 400 degrees F). You may slo cook the meat on the stove.
  • Make sure to keep the sauce when the met is ready as it will be used to dip the tacos in!
  • The tortillas have to be dipped in the sauce for that distinct orange color!
  • Use your favorite cheese here!
  • Freeze the remaining meat and sauce and have birria tacos next time in a breeze!

What do Birria tacos taste like?

Birria tacos have a unique taste which is why people can’t get enough of them. The tortilla is smothered in the sauce and then fried on the griddle until nice and crispy. The tender meat of birria makes for a great filling and gives it a sweet, savory, and spicy taste. The birria sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce and takes the taste to another level. Bursting with so many flavors, the birria taco is an ultimate treat for Mexican cuisine lovers.

What is Birria tacos sauce made of?

Birria sauce is a rich and palatable concoction of rich spices, herbs, guajillo, chipotle peppers, tomatoes, and garlic. The sauce is cooked to perfection and then added to the chuck meat to give the beef more flavor. It is also served as the dipping sauce once the tacos are ready to serve.

What is used for Birria meat?

Goat meat was preferred originally, but over the years, the birria recipe has evolved. Nowadays, you can use any type of meat according to your preference. I like beef chuck meat personally to make the stew. When it is tender, I simply shred it using a fork. Chuck meat is affordable and gets tender quickly, which is why I prefer it. You can use veal, beef, goat, or pork as well.

What do Birria tacos contain?

Birria tacos are simple to make, and they taste delicious. The meaty flavor of juicy beef, the spiciness of chilies, the tangy taste of onions, and the crunchy corn tortillas make birria tacos a dish that can be savored at weddings, parties, get-togethers, and even at home for breakfast.

Why are they called birria tacos?

During the conquest of Mexico, the Spanish conquerors looked down upon goat meat because of its strong smell and hard texture. So they decided to give goats to the Mexicans. Unlike their masters, Mexican people happily accepted the goat meat and made it appetizing by adding different sauces and herbs to it. The dishes produced by Mexicans were termed as ”Birria” meaning worthless in Spanish, as the goat meat was worthless to the Spanish conquerors.

Why are Birria tacos red?

Birria tacos are also called red tacos because of their bright red color. The tacos are dipped in a sauce that has a menagerie of spices and then fried on the skillet over medium heat, which gives the tacos their signature red color.

How do you make birria tacos crunchy?

Crunchy, crispy, spicy- that’s how tacos should be. Eating soggy tacos is not the way to eat tacos at all. To make your birria de res tacos crunchy, I am gonna share a trick with you. Using tongs, dip the corn tortillas in the sauce where the fat is floating. Now place the tacos on the griddle, press it nicely, and let them fry in the grease until it’s crispy and red. Top it off with onions and cilantro, shredded meat, and some Oaxaca cheese.

What is birria dipping sauce?

Birria dipping sauce is served with birria beef tacos. You can dip the tacos in it and enjoy the savory, spicy flavor. Birria dipping sauce is made from dried chilies, annatto paste, onion, tomatoes, and spices and is pretty appetizing.

Are Birria tacos made with corn or flour tortillas?

Birria tacos are made from corn tortillas that are filled with shredded birria meat.

Nutrition Facts

Birria Tacos

Amount Per Serving

Calories 803
Calories from Fat 324

% Daily Value*

Fat 36g55%

Saturated Fat 17g106%

Trans Fat 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 5g

Monounsaturated Fat 12g

Cholesterol 116mg39%

Sodium 2385mg104%

Potassium 800mg23%

Carbohydrates 78g26%

Fiber 11g46%

Sugar 12g13%

Protein 42g84%

Vitamin A 3345IU67%

Vitamin C 13mg16%

Calcium 508mg51%

Iron 9mg50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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