These Beef Birria tacos, inspired by my chilaquiles salsa, are next level. Braised barbacoa beef fried on a griddle in a smoky salsa, with enough cheese to make it interesting. Feel free to make these birria tacos your own with the toppings (hot sauce and pickled jalapenos are a nice touch). A nice cast iron griddle is recommended for this one, which will help seal in the flavor at the end (this is what I use for, everything). Either way, bring extra napkins and a big appetite, because these birria tacos will go fast…
Beef Birria Tacos
- 3-4 pound chuck roast
- 1 Onion , divided
- 14 ounces fire roasted tomatoes
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder (or chili powder)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil , divided
- 15 corn tortillas
- 3 cups jack cheese (optional)
- 1 Cup Fresh cilantro
- Roughly chop the onion, reserving 1/4 for future use. Place large saucepot over high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and char the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add in tomatoes, chipotles, garlic, ancho, oregano, salt, orange juice, and cumin. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Once cooked, cool salsa, move to blender, and process until smooth.
- Set oven to 275 deg F. In a large oven proof dutch oven or large pot, place over high heat. Add in one tablespoon of the oil and sear beef on all sides, ~8-10 minutes total.
- Once beef is seared, add in enough salsa to just cover. Bake covered for 2.5-3 hours, then remove lid and cook until beef is very fork tender. Remove beef to cool, leaving the cooking liquid.
- To make tacos: place a non stick griddle over medium heat. Dip a tortilla into the cooking liquid and place flat onto the heat. Top with a small handful of cheese, then meat. Fold over and cook 2-3 minutes a side or until just crisp. Some cheese will leak out, this is encouraged. Serve each taco with a bit of reserved onion (diced) and chopped cilantro… if you can wait long enough (like I clearly couldn't in the picture).