Succulent Birria Tacos (UK-Friendly Recipe!)

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Birria tacos have taken the internet by storm, and for good reason. These juicy, flavour-packed parcels of goodness are more than just a taco – they’re an experience. But what exactly is birria, and how can you recreate this restaurant-worthy dish in your own kitchen? Fear not, fellow home cooks! This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about making birria tacos at home, from the UK-friendly ingredients to the step-by-step directions, complete with estimated nutrition information. So, grab your apron and get ready to impress your taste buds!


Birria Tacos
Birria Tacos

For the Birria:

  • 1kg beef shin or chuck steak, cut into bite-sized pieces (Note: You can substitute with goat meat for a more traditional flavour)
  • 4 guajillo chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 ancho chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 chipotle chillies in adobo sauce (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups beef broth (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian option)
  • Salt, to taste
  • For the Tacos:
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend work well)
  • Chopped white onion and fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Lime wedges, for serving

  • Directions:

    1. Make the Birria: In a dry frying pan, toast the guajillo and ancho chillies over medium heat for a few minutes, pressing down occasionally, until fragrant. Transfer the toasted chillies to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak for at least 30 minutes, or until softened.
    2. While the chillies are soaking, in a blender or food processor, combine the softened chillies (with some of the soaking water), chipotle chillies (if using), onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, paprika, cloves, black pepper, and apple cider vinegar. Blend until you have a smooth sauce.
    3. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Sear the beef pieces in batches until browned on all sides. Set the browned beef aside.
    4. Pour the blended sauce into the pot and cook for a minute or two, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Add the beef broth, bay leaves, and browned beef back to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cover. Let the birria simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the beef is very tender and falling apart.
    5. Assemble the Tacos: Once the birria is cooked, remove the bay leaves and shred the beef with two forks. Strain the cooking liquid into a bowl, reserving some of the solids for flavour if desired. Skim any excess fat from the surface of the broth (consomme).
    6. Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Warm the tortillas for a few seconds on each side. Dip each tortilla briefly into the consomme, just to coat it lightly.
    7. Place a spoonful of shredded birria on one half of the tortilla, then sprinkle with cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and return it to the pan. Cook for a minute or two per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
    8. Repeat with remaining tortillas and birria. Serve immediately, with additional consomme for dipping, chopped onion and cilantro for garnish (optional), and lime wedges.

    Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving, without cheese):

    Calories: 500-600

  • Fat: 30-40g
  • Protein: 40-50g
  • Carbs: 30-40g

  • Please note: This is just an estimate, and the actual nutritional content of your birria tacos will vary depending on the ingredients you use.


    Birria tacos are a delicious and satisfying meal that’s sure to impress your family and friends. With their rich, flavourful broth and tender, juicy meat, they’re a taste of Mexico that you can easily recreate at home. So why not give this recipe a try? You won’t be disappointed!


    1. Can I find all the ingredients for birria tacos in the UK?