Quesabirria Tacos








For the Birria:

▢4 dried Guajillo chiles stems and seeds removed

▢3 dried Ancho chiles stems and seeds removed

▢2-3 dried chiles de arbol stems and seeds removed

▢2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided

▢1 white onion roughly chopped

▢1 pound tomatoes roughly chopped

▢5 cloves garlic chopped

▢1 tablespoon Mexican oregano

▢1 tablespoon kosher salt or to taste

▢1 teaspoon ground cumin

▢1 teaspoon ground black pepper

▢½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

▢4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

▢2 pounds chuck roast cut into 3-inch pieces

▢3 cups low-sodium beef stock


For the Tacos:

▢Vegetable oil

▢16 corn tortillas

▢1 pound Oaxaca cheese or Monterey jack

▢1 white onion finely chopped

▢¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

▢2 limes cut into wedges



Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chilis and toast, stirring often, until fragrant. Place in a bowl and cover with 3 cups of boiling water. Set aside for 20 minutes to rehydrate.

4 dried Guajillo chiles,3 dried Ancho chiles,2-3 dried chiles de arbol

To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil. Once hot, add the onion and tomatoes. Cook until softened, 5-7 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 60 seconds.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil,1 white onion,1 pound tomatoes,5 cloves garlic

Transfer the mixture to a blender. Add the chilis and their soaking liquid, oregano, salt, cumin, pepper, cinnamon and apple cider vinegar. Blend until smooth.

1 tablespoon Mexican oregano,1 tablespoon kosher salt,1 teaspoon ground cumin,1 teaspoon ground black pepper,½ teaspoon ground cinnamon,4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in the remaining oil. Once hot, brown the beef in batches.

2 pounds chuck roast

Pour in the sauce and beef stock and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3 hours or until the beef is tender.

3 cups low-sodium beef stock

Place the meat in a bowl and use two forks to shred it into bite-sized pieces. Reserve the consommé, or sauce, from the beef.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pan. Dip both sides of a corn tortilla in the consommé. And place it in the pan.

16 corn tortillas, Vegetable oil

Add cheese and birria meat. Once the cheese starts to melt, fold the tortilla in half. Continue to cook until the tortilla is golden and crisp on both sides. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Serve with onion, cilantro, and the remaining consommé for dipping.

1 pound Oaxaca cheese,1 white onion,¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro,2 limes


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