Beef Birria

Birria is a classic dish from the State of Jalisco, and as a matter of fact, two of the most popular dishes on the blog are also from Jalisco: Pozole and Menudo. Birria is usually made with goat’s meat or even with lamb or a combination of several types of meat. The use of a combination of meats is common in restaurants or local Birria eateries known as “Birrierias”. Beef Birria is more like a homemade version since beef is more accessible everywhere.

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I like to make this with a combination of oxtail and beef shank from RUMBA MEATS; the bone-in meat renders a very flavorful Birria broth. You can also use Beef cheek and oxtail (the cheek has a lot of meat). You can make your own combination, too, just make sure you add a cut of meat with some bone in it.

There are so many different recipes for birria, but all of them use a combination of dried peppers and herbs. Some cooks will add beer or Pulque instead of vinegar. Some also add a little piece of ginger. The way this dish is usually served is in a bowl (similar to a soup) and garnished with chopped onion and cilantro or oregano. The meat is also served in tacos.

Whichever way you make it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Directions

  • Season the meat with salt and pepper, then place in a large baking dish.
  • Clean and devein the peppers. Slightly toast them over a medium heat. Soak peppers in a cup of hot water.  Roast the onion and garlic and place in your blender.

  • Toast the whole cloves, cumin seeds, and black peppercorns. Place them in your blender along with the roasted tomatoes, herbs, onion, cinnamon and the vinegar.
  • Once peppers are soft, drain, add to the blender and puree until you have a smooth sauce. Season the sauce with salt.
  • Pour the sauce over the meat, making sure it is covered all over with the salsa.  Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Bake the meat for about 4 hours.

Serve the warm meat with its broth in bowls and garnish with chopped onion and cilantro.

Recipe

Beef Birria

Servings: 8
Author: Mely Martinez - Mexico in My Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

Beef Birria

  • Rumba® Rabos de Res
  • 2 lbs. Beef Oxtail from RUMBA MEATS
  • 2 lbs. Beef Cheek*
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Ancho Peppers
  • 6 Guajillo Peppers
  • 2 Large roasted tomatoes
  • 4 Whole cloves
  • ½ Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ Teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon Marjoram
  • ½ Medium-size white onion sliced
  • 1- in of stick of Mexican cinnamon
  • ½ Cup white vinegar
  • Salt to taste

GARNISH

  • 2/3 Cup chopped Cilantro or 1/4 Cup of dried oregano
  • 2/3 Cup chopped white onion
  • Lime wedges

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Season the meat with salt and pepper, then place in a large baking dish.
  2. Clean and devein the peppers. Slightly toast them over a medium heat, making sure you do not burn them (burned peppers make the dish taste bitter). Soak peppers in a cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Roast the onion and garlic and place in your blender.
  3. Toast the whole cloves, cumin seeds, and black peppercorns (this is a quick step that only takes a few seconds). Place them in your blender along with the roasted tomatoes, herbs, onion, cinnamon and the vinegar.
  4. Once peppers are soft, drain, add to the blender and puree until you have a smooth sauce. Add a few tablespoons of water only if your blender is having a hard time processing it. Season the sauce with salt.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat, making sure it is covered all over with the salsa. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours to allow all the meat to absorb the flavors.
  6. reheat the oven to 350º F. Bake the meat for about 4 hours or until it is fork tender.
  7. Serve the warm meat with its broth in bowls and garnish with chopped onion and cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas and a hot salsa.

RECIPE NOTES

Some cooks also like to add a ¼ of and an inch of ginger root. You can also cook this dish in a slow cooker if you do not want to make the oven version. You can even make it in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker (cooking times will vary depending on the cooking method).