BIRRIA AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RECIPE

If there is a flavored soup to bring death back to life that is Birria! The authentic Mexican recipe that I am going to teach you to cook step by step is one of the most traditional meals of Mexican Food. Now, birria is a certain meal that you might think is for dinner or heavy lunch. Well, get ready because barbacoa, menudo, and birria are also usually served as breakfast! I will give you some instructions and substitutes if you are not able to find of the chilis or if you prefer birria de chivo or birria de res.

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What is birria?

Is a spicy Mexican soup or consome traditionally made with goat meat or Carne de chivo. Although in some place it is also made with beef (cow beef) or lamb. The Carne de chivo has a stronger flavor than beef and gives birria that special touch. The meat can be goat, bee or lamb and is seasoned and marinated in a combinatios of dried chiles and spices that after being cooked all together create a consome de birria, or Broth that is super delicious.

birria mexicana de chivo

How Birria is Eaten in Mexico

In Mexico we traditionally eat the birria meat inside the broth (consome) and sprinkle on top some fresh chopped onion and cilantro, of course adding some lemon juice to the broth. In the north of Mexico, from where I am we also add some cooked chickpeas to the broth.

You might have some trouble finding all the chiles that the authentic Mexican Birria Recipe requires but I m giving you options in case you can’t find all the Mexican peppers you need. The spices used are very common everywhere so you won’t have trouble with those ingredients to make the best birria recipe to make tacos de birria or quesadillas.

Birria mexican recipe

I wanted to make this Mexican Food Birria in English so you can learn how to make it from a real Mexican mom from the north of Mexico. Birria as well as Barbacoa and Menudo are very popular as food for Quince Años parties, weddings, Baptisms, and for sure as a breakfast after a night of too many spirits and beers. A birria consome, served hot is the perfect remedy for a bad hangover.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 black pepper
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of powder ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 5 Chile ancho
  • 7 guajillo
  • 5 chile cascabel
  • 7 pounds Goat meat (loin, leg rib) or 7 pounds of Beef (chambarete & bone-in beef shoulder)
birria ingredients

THESE ARE THE KIND OF CHILES YOU NEED TO MAKE BIRRIA

Most cities with a high density of Mexican immigrants have their own Mexican supermarkets where you can find with no problem these Mexican chiles to cook Mexican food recipes. I know for sure that in Chicago, New York, L.A, Colorado, and most of Texas and Georgia you can find it. If you live in Chicago or near by you can find them at Tony’s, Cermak, Carniceria Jímenez, Super Mercados El Guero. Birria is made of a mix of spices, chilis, and goat meat, beef or lamb.

  • 5 Chile ancho
  • 7 guajillo
  • 5 chile cascabel
birria chiles

Chiles replacement

You might have trouble finding some of these chiliese. Most probably cascabel. Chile ancho and guajillo are more common. In that case use 12 guajillos and 7 chile ancho instead of the cascabel.

Birria Tacos near me?

Whit this birria taco recipe you can make your own birria in less than two hours. Do you know that the places in Mexico that sale birria are named Birrierias? Is one of the only Mexican meals that have their own name for a place! there is no barbacorias or menuderias is only for birrierias!!

Birria

What kind of meat is birria made of?

Authentic Mexican birria recipe is made with goat meat, but the kind of meat used to make birria will depend on the part of Mexico where you eat it. These traditional Mexican foods change a lot depending on the state of Mexico where they make them. In the north of Mexico is usually made out of goat, chivo or lamb, de borrego, but in places like Jalisco they use beef and some places in Veracruz even make fish birria! so feel free to use the kind of carne (meat) you prefer. I have eaten it made of goat, beef (carne de res) and lamb and love all 3 of them. I have had people ask me if birria can be made with chicken or pork. In Mexico we do not use pork or chicken but birria is more like the way we season the meat so I suppose that either chicken or pork can also work well for birria tacos.

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How Much beef or chivo do I need to make birria

This is the kind of meat or beef you need to buy to make birria for about 8 people. Can you use pork or chicken to make birria? yes, you can. We do not usually make it like that but first of all birrria is a kind of marinade that you can use for any kind of meat or even go vegan with some toffu anc chickpeas!

  • Goat meat, birria de chivo (loin, leg, rib) 7 pounds
  • Beef or carne de res (chambarete & bone-in beef shoulder) 7 pounds
  • Lamb, cordero o borrego (loin, leg, rib) 7 pounds
Receta de birria

How do you cook Birria

Traditionally is oven-baked. It takes about 3 hours in the oven to get birria cooked. I have steamed and also made it in the Instant Pot. Definitely, the easiest way to cook Birria will be a Pressure Cooker such as an Instant Pot. In the Instant Pot Birria will only take about 1 hour the be ready and believe me, it turns out delicious.

Homemade Birria Step by Step

  • Spread oil around 6 tomatoes, 1/4 of an onion, and 8 garlic cloves. There are 2 ways to cook these vegetables. Set the air fryer at 400f and place the veggies and garlic inside, let them fry for 5 minutes. Half the way remember to shake the Air Fryer basket. The second way is to Cook them on a griddle. It will take you about 20 minutes and remember to flip them over so they cook evenly.
Tostar tomates en air fryer
Tostar tomates en freidora de aire
  • Take the chiles and get rid o the branches and seeds.
  • Now place the chiles on a griddle at medium heat. This will help us to give more flavor to the chiles. Keep flipping them over and as soon as they start to smell is time to move them to a pot with some hot water. They do not take longer than 10 seconds on the hot grill. It’s very importante they do not burn or the sauce will turn out bitter.
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  • Leave the chiles soaking in water for about 10 minutes. Make sure that they are really submerged. You can keep them down with the help of a plate. You do not need to cook the chiles just to rehydrate them
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  • In the blender add 1 cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, and add all of the other ingredients, chiles, roasted tomatoes, spices, garlic, onion, 1 tablespoon of salt and all the spices. Blend until pulverize.
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  • Now rinse the meat and place it inside the Instant Pot.
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  • Bath the meat with the salsa we made in the blender and let it cook in the instant pot at the Meat and Bean option.
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  • Once the carne or meat is cooked separate it from the broth.
  • Let the meat cold down a little bit and shred with the help of a  knife and fork
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  • Pass the broth through a sieve and just keep the broth.
  • Now place the broth inside a pot and add 8 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, and one of oregano. Stir and let it boil for about 15 minutes.
how to make birria
  • Serve the meat and add the broth, sprinkle with some chopped onion, cilantro, and lime on top. 
  • This amigos is an authentic Mexican birria!! what are you making with this birria? quesadillas? tacos? I will love to see what you make with this recipe
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Birria – Authentic mexican recipe

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Equipment

  • Air Fryer optional
  • Instant Pot (optional)

Ingredients

  • 10 black pepper
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp of marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp of thyme
  • 2 tbsp of oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of powder ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp of cooking oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of sat
  • 5 chile ancho
  • 7 guajillo
  • 5 chile cascabel
  • 7 pounds goat meat or 7 pounds of beef (chambarete)

Instructions

  • Spread oil around 6 tomatoes, 1/4 of an onion, and 8 garlic cloves. There are 2 ways to cook these vegetables. Set the air fryer at 400f and place the veggies and garlic inside, let them fry for 5 minutes. Half the way remember to shake the Air Fryer basket. The second way is to Cook them on a griddle. It will take you about 20 minutes and remember to flip them over so they cook evenly.
  • Take the chiles and get rid o the branches and seeds.
  • Now place the chiles on a griddle at medium heat. This will help us to give more flavor to the chiles. Keep flipping them over and as soon as they start to smell is time to move them to a pot with some hot water. They do not take longer than 10 seconds on the hot grill. It's very importante they do not burn or the sauce will turn out bitter.
  • Leave the chiles soaking in water for about 10 minutes. Make sure that they are really submerged. You can keep them down with the help of a plate. You do not need to cook the chiles just to rehydrate them
  • In the blender add 1 cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, and add all of the other ingredients, chiles, roasted tomatoes, spices, garlic, onion, 1 tablespoon of salt and all the spices. Blend until pulverize.
  • Now rinse the meat and place it inside the Instant Pot.
  • Bath the meat with the salsa we made in the blender and let it cook in the instant pot at the Meat and Bean option.
  • Once the carne or meat is cooked separate it from the broth.
  • Let the meat cold down a little bit and shred with the help of a  knife and fork
  • Pass the broth through a sieve and just keep the broth.
  • Now place the broth inside a pot and add 8 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, and one of oregano. Stir and let it boil for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve the meat and add the broth, sprinkle with some chopped onion, cilantro, and lime on top. 
  • This amigos is an authentic Mexican birria!! what are you making with this birria? quesadillas? tacos? I will love to see what you make with this recipe

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