Birria Tacos

Today’s Recipe: Birria Tacos

Birria Tacos

Total Time8 hrs 55 mins
Course: Mexican
Keyword: Birria Tacos
Yield: 16 Tacos
Author: Claudette Zepeda - Food and Wine


  • 1 (2 pound) boneless chuck roast (about 2 ¼ inches thick)
  • 2 pounds English-cut beef short ribs
  • 2 Tbsp + ¼ tsp kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • Adobo Sauce (recipe below)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion, rinsed
  • cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • canola oil, for greasing
  • 32 (6-inch) fresh corn tortillas or 16 packaged corn tortillas
  • lime wedges, for serving


  • Sprinkle chuck roast and short ribs all over with 2 tablespoons salt. Combine roast, ribs, and adobo in a large nonreactive bowl; toss to coat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 300° F. Transfer adobo mixture to a large (9 ½-quart) Dutch oven; add 8 cups water. Bring to a simmer, uncovered, over medium, stirring occasionally. Cover with lid, and place in preheated oven. Bake until meat is fork- tender, about 4 hours.
  • Remove chuck roast and short ribs from braising broth, and transfer to a large bowl; cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Return broth in Dutch oven to heat over medium, and cook, uncovered, skimming off fat as needed, until reduced to about 8 cups, 15 to 20 minutes. Season broth with salt to taste. Shred meat; discard bones. Toss meat with 1 ½ cups of the broth.
  • Stir together onion, cilantro, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Heat a large nonstick electric griddle to 400° F or a large (12-inch) cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Using a paper towel dipped in canola oil, lightly grease griddle. If using fresh tortillas, stack 2 tortillas, and use tongs to dip them together into adobo broth. (If using packaged tortillas, dip 1 tortilla per taco.) Place stacked tortillas on griddle; top with ¼ meat. Repeat with as many tortilla stacks as will comfortably fit on griddle. Cook until bottom tortilla is lightly browned and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Fold tacos in half, gently pressing with a spatula. Transfer to a serving plate. Repeat process with oil, adobo broth, remaining tortillas, and remaining meat.
  • Serve tacos hot with onion-cilantro mixture, lime wedges, and remaining adobo broth for dipping or sipping.


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