Birria Tacos

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Step 1.

Roughly chop the white onion, garlic and 2 tomatoes for the sauce. Remove the seeds and stems from the dried chillies. Saute the onion in a pot with a big glug of oil for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, bay leaves, cumin, peppercorns, oregano and your dried chillis. Saute for 3 minutes until fragrant and the spices are toasted.

Step 2.

Add the tomatoes and 750ml stock. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes. Blend everything in a blender.

Step 3.

Sear the beef in a large pot in a glug of oil for 2 minutes on every side. Pour in the blended chilli paste and top it up with more water so that all the meat is submerged. Simmer with the lid on for a minimum of 4 hours, up to 24 hours.

Step 4.

For the salsa, dice up the tomatoes, red onion and chop up the coriander. Mix it in a bowl with a squeeze of lime and salt.

Step 5.

Shred the mozzarella and slice up the remaining limes into wedges.

Step 6.

Take the meat out of the stew and roughly shred it, place it into another saucepan with a few ladles of sauce to keep it warm. Generously season the broth and meat with salt.

Step 7.

Heat a frying pan and dip a corn tortilla into the broth and place it onto the hot pan. Sprinkle a layer of meat and then a layer of shredded cheese. Close the taco and cook gently to melt the cheese and crisp up the shell. Repeat for all the tacos and enjoy with a squeeze of lime, fresh salsa and dipped in the gorgeous broth.

I’ve made this with lamb shoulder too and it’s equally as delicious! Feel free to mix and match the dried Mexican chillies depending on what you can find.

For the Birria Sauce
1 White Onion
6 Garlic Cloves
2 Large Tomatoes
1 Dried Ancho Pepper
3 Dried Guajillo Chillies
6 Dried De Arbol Chillies
2 Dried Chipotle Chillies
3 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tbsp Whole Black Peppercorns
1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
1.5kg Beef Short Rib With Bone
750ml Beef Stock
3 Tomatoes
½ Red Onion
A Small Handful Coriander
1 Lime
To Serve
500g Mozzarella Cheese Block
2 Limes (to serve)
15 Corn Tortillas
Vegetable Oil