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"Baby Be Mine" Smoked Brisket Birria Tacos

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A birria tacos recipe to make all your friends jealous. Leftover smoked brisket is used and provides big flavor in less time as traditional recipe.

birria tacos on a white plate with jalapenos and cilantro

Pre-smoked brisket is stewed slowly in a slightly spicy, savory, and delicious Mexican chili-based sauce. Stewed beef is stuffed in corn tortillas, dipped in stew sauce, and pan-fried to deliciousness. One bite, and you'll be begging for more of these.

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BIRRIA INGREDIENTS

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Dried Guijillo Chilis 
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Paprika
  • Ground Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Yellow Onions
  • Beef Broth
  • Bay Leaf

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Make the Chili Puree

Place chills in a large glass container. Bring water to a boil then cover the chilis with the hot water. Let the chilis soak for 10-15 minutes. You may need to use a small plate to weight the chilis down to keep them submerged.

dried chilis in water

Once re-hydrated remove the stem and seeds then place the chilis in a food processor or blender. Add ¾ of the spices, garlic, vinegar, and ½ cup of water. Blend until smooth puree. Set aside.

chili paste in food processor

Make the Stew

Turn instant pot settings to “Saute” on high until display reads “hot.” Add oil then saute the onions 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add brisket for a quick saute (1 minute). 

brisket in instant pot

Cancel saute settings. Add pureed chilis, beef broth, remaining spices, and bay leaf. Close lid and pressure cook for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally.

Using two forks shred the brisket in the sauce.

Make the tacos

Heat the tortillas then dip them one at a time into the stew giving them a good soaking.

tortillas dipped in sauce

Lay tortillas flat on a plate. Add stewed brisket to the tortillas to make the tacos. Dress based on your preferences. I used pickled red onions, cilantro, and shredded oaxacan cheese.

taco on white plate

Fold the tortillas into tacos along with your favorite toppings like cheese, pickled red onions, and cilantro then fry in a skillet about 2-3 minutes per side.

taco frying on skillet

Serve the tacos with the stew as a dip.

birria tacos on a white plate with jalapenos and cilantro

BIRRIA TACOS COOKING CONSIDERATIONS AND TIPS

Go with corn tortillas!

Smoking your own brisket is an option, but save the time and the effort by visiting your favorite local barbecue spot for brisket.

Dried guijillo chilis have become fairly accessible in most mainstream stores. They’re usually in the aisle for hispanic ingredients or occasionally in produce with fresh chilis. Ancho chilis can be used along with or in place of.

Feel free to cook these using traditional stovetop method. Follow the same steps and just go for a longer cook time at slow and low heat.

Beef shanks or short ribs are frequently used to make Birria tacos if you want to make without the smoked brisket.

Save the leftover stew broth, as it's golden! Use it as a topping for rice, as a gravy for biscuits, or sauce for meatballs.

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birria tacos on a white plate with jalapenos and cilantro

Smoked Brisket Birria Tacos

Unique twist on Birria Tacos - made with leftover smoked brisket that is stewed in Mexican chili-based broth and then served in corn tortillas that are dipped in the stew and then fried.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

  • instant pot

Ingredients

For the Tacos

For The Chili Puree

  • 6 Dried Guijillo Chilis
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • cup Cider Vinegar
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 medium Yellow Onions
  • 1 quart Beef Broth
  • 2 Bay Leaves

Toppings

Instructions

Make the Chili Puree

  • Place chills in a large glass container. Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil then cover the chilis with the hot water. Let the chilis soak for 10-15 minutes. You may need to use a small plate to weight the chilis down to keep them submerged.
  • Once the chilis are re-hydrated remove the stem and seeds then place the chilis in a food processor or blender. Add ¾ of the spices, garlic, vinegar, and and ¼ - ½ cup of water. Blend until smooth puree. Set aside.

Make the Stew

  • Turn instant pot settings to “Saute” on high until display reads “hot.” Add oil then saute the onions 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add brisket for a quick saute (1 minute).
  • Cancel saute settings. Add pureed chilis, beef broth, remaining spices, and bay leaf. Close lid and pressure cook for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally.
  • Using two forks shred the brisket in the sauce.

Make the tacos

  • Heat the tortillas then dip them one at a time into the stew giving them a good soaking. Lay tortillas flat on a plate. Add stewed brisket to the tortillas to make the tacos. Dress based on your preferences. I used pickled red onions, cilantro, and shredded Oaxacan cheese. Fold the tortillas into tacos and then fry in a skillet about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Serve the tacos with the stew as a dip.

Video

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Notes

Go with corn tortillas!
Smoking your own brisket is an option, but save the time and the effort by visiting your favorite local barbecue spot for brisket.
Dried guijillo chilis have become fairly accessible in most mainstream stores. They’re usually in the aisle for hispanic ingredients or occasionally in produce with fresh chilis. Ancho chilis can be used along with or in place of.
Feel free to cook these using traditional stovetop method. Follow the same steps and just go for a longer cook time at slow and low heat.
Beef shanks or short ribs are frequently used to make Birria tacos if you want to make without the smoked brisket.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2043mg | Potassium: 1703mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 19100IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 6mg
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