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Beef Birria Tacos
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Beef Birria Tacos

Beef Birria Tacos


  • 4 dried guajillo chiles
  • 2 dried pasilla chiles
  • 2 cups boiling beef broth (chicken is absolutely ok too)
  • 3 pounds boneless short rib
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 chipotle chiles (the type in adobo sauce)
  • Kosher & pepper
  • 15 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes
    For serving
  • Corn tortillas
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Diced white onion
  • Chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Remove stems and seeds from chiles and put into a blender, add the boiling broth and cover
  3. Meanwhile, season the beef well with salt & pepper, and sear in 2 batches in a hot oven proof pot - remove to a plate and repeat with remaining beef
  4. To the empty pot, add the onions with a little more oil and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  5. Add the vinegar, scraping up the bits on the bottom and allow about 1/2 of the vinegar to evaporate - then add garlic and when fragrant, about 45 seconds later add the beef back in and take off the heat
  6. To the softening chiles add the oregano, cumin, coriander, chipotles, salt & pepper and diced tomatoes
  7. Blend until very smooth and pour over beef in pot - the beef should be covered and if not add a little more broth
  8. Cover, and place in the oven until fork tender and shredable - approx 2 to 2.5 hours
  9. For tacos: dip a tortilla in some of the cooking liquid and place on flattop and when it starts getting a little brown, add some beef and shredded cheese, fold over and cook until getting crispy on both sides
  10. Remove, open up carefully, add onions and cilantro and eat
  11. Go make another 10