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How to Make Birria Tacos

Birria tacos have taken the internet by storm, and for good reason! These beef tacos with onions, cilantro, and cheese are so delicious and perfect to make in the slow cooker. 

Freshly made Birria Tacos on a plate with beef and cilantro

What are Birra Tacos?

Birra tacos are a viral sensation. They are a delicious taco dish originating from Jalisco, Mexico that has taken the internet by storm. 

While birra tacos are traditionally made from goat meat, the recipe has been adapted and is now commonly made with beef here in the United States. 

Birra tacos are known to be a celebratory dish. Commonly served during holidays and celebrations, such as baptisms, weddings, Easter, and Christmas. 

What sets these apart from regular street tacos? Well, that would be the combination of the meat, cheese, onions, and cilantro together inside a pan-fried corn tortilla shell. But what REALLY sets these apart is the sauce. You see, birra tacos are served with a consume, basically the sauce in which they cook in, for your dipping pleasure. 

Three Ways to Make Birra Tacos

You can make birra tacos in a few different ways. All three options will give you the same, delicious, effect, so really your method of cooking is entirely up to you. 

You can make your tacos birria on the stove-top in a large Pot or Dutch oven. The Insta Pot is another option if you want a quicker cook time. 

Or, you can do what I did and cook your tacos de birria in the slow cooker. 

How to Make Birria Tacos

Slow cooker birria tacos

 

Birria Tacos may appear to be complicated, but I promise you, they are actually very easy to make… Especially in the slow cooker! 

Birria Tacos Ingredients

Birria taco ingredients are actually quite simple. You likely have most, if not all, of these in your pantry already!

  • Beef Roast
  • White Onion
  • Beef Broth
  • Canned Chilies (optional)
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Tomatoes ( fresh diced or canned)
  • Cilantro
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Cheese
  • Tomato Paste

Most of your ingredients will be tossed together in your slow cooker. The meat, broth, seasoning, tomatoes, half of the onion, and chilies. 

Leave them to cook on low for about 6-8 hours.

Once your meat is fall-apart tender, remove it from the slow cooker

Add tomato paste to the slow cooker and cook on high while you prepare the tacos. This will become your birria taco dipping sauce!

Birria Tacos Recipe

Time to heat up your pan and start building your tacos. Make sure you get a pan nice and hot before putting down your corn tortillas. This will ensure they get nice and crispy, which is what you want for a birria taco for sure. 

Once you have cooked your corn tortilla a bit on each side, place cheese, meat, raw onions, and cilantro in the middle of the shell.

open face birria tacos cooking in cast iron pan

 

With the meat, onions, cheese, and cilantro inside, gently “close” your taco. I used a pair of tongs and it was super easy. 

Continue to pan-fry your corn tortilla until it is nice and crispy on both sides.

pan fried barilla tacos

Plate with a side of the birria dipping sauce still in your slow cooker and let cool before eating! 

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Freshly made Birria Tacos on a plate with beef and cilantro
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Birria tacos

Birria tacos have taken the internet by storm, and for good reason! These beef tacos with onions, cilantro, and cheese are so delicious and perfect to make in the slow cooker. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword birria taco, Fried Taco, slow cooker recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Beef Roast
  • 1 carton Beef Broth
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 can Chilies in Adobo
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1-2 diced Tomato
  • 1 small can Tomato Paste
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add your meat, broth, seasoning, tomatoes, half of the onion, and chilies to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours

    Slow cooker birria tacos
  2. Remove the beef from the slow cooker when it is pull apart ready.

  3. Add tomato paste to the slow cooker and allow the birria taco sauce to cook while you prepare the tacos.

  4. Heat a frying pan and pan-fry the corn tortillas on both sides until they start to brown.

  5. Place the beef, cheese, cilantro, and raw onion in the corn tortilla.

  6. Fold your tortilla and cook on both sides until nice and crispy.

    pan fried barilla tacos
  7. Scoop out some sauce from the slow cooker for dipping and enjoy your birria tacos!

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