Birria Tacos

Beef's take on a classic Mexican taco- spiced braised beef served in crisped corn tortillas alongside a spicy consomme.

  • 2
  • 8
  • 380
  • 34 g


  • 1 boneless beef Chuck Arm Roast (arm, shoulder, or blade), about 2-1/2 pounds
  • 3 dried guajillo chiles, seeds removed
  • 1 Spanish onion, diced
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoon chile powder
  • 3 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 4 Tablespoon Cotija cheese, crumbled


  1. In a 6-quart electric pressure cooker add in beef Chuck Arm Roast, guajillo chiles, onion, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, chipotle peppers, garlic, Chile powder, smoked paprika, oregano, pepper, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Close and lock pressure cooker lid. Stew on high-pressure setting on the pressure cooker; program 80 minutes on pressure cooker timer. Once the timer goes off continue to cook for another 20 minutes to release the pressure naturally. Use quick-release feature to release any remaining pressure; carefully remove lid. 

  2. Remove Roast and set aside; remove chiles, bay leaf and cinnamon stick; discard. Next shred the roast and remove any unwanted fat. 

  3. Heat non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot; add olive oil. Dip both sides of the tortilla into the top of the braising liquid and add it to the skillet. Pan fry on one side for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then flip over. Add some of the shredded beef, and cheese. Fold over and cook until pan-fried on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve alongside a small cup of braising liquid for dipping. 


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5.8g SAT FAT

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5.1 mg IRON

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10.2 mg ZINC

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* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet

Nutrition information per serving, 4 oz: 379 Calories; 148.5 Calories from fat; 16.5g Total Fat (5.8 g Saturated Fat; 0.1 g Trans Fat; 1.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 7.1 g Monounsaturated Fat;) 101 mg Cholesterol; 372 mg Sodium; 23.5 g Total Carbohydrate; 2.1 g Dietary Fiber; 4.5 g Total Sugars; 34 g Protein; 0 g Added Sugars; 129.8 mg Calcium; 5.1 mg Iron; 485 mg Potassium; 0.2 mcg Vitamin D; 0.4 mg Riboflavin; 7.1 mg NE Niacin; 0.5 mg Vitamin B6; 2.4 mcg Vitamin B12; 358 mg Phosphorus; 10.2 mg Zinc; 26.1 mcg Selenium; 117.3 mg Choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of Protein, Iron, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Zinc, Selenium, and Choline; and a good source of Potassium.

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