A slow cooker variation of a traditional Mexican recipe, this beef birria is simmered long and slow with warm spices for a hearty recipe perfect for stew, tacos, and more!
What Is Beef Birria?
Beef birria originated in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The term comes from a Spanish word that was once used to describe something with little to no value. As the story goes, birria was what resulted from the effort made by Spanish conquistadors to control the rapidly expanding goat population they brought to Mexico. Goat meat was considered to be unusually tough and particularly gamey in flavor. So, it was cooked long and slow in order to make it more appetizing.
As the dish expanded across Mexico and the United States, it grew in popularity, and many variations were made. Today, birria can be found being made with lamb, beef, and pork in addition to goat. Yet, just as the original version, birria meat continues to be served as a stew or stuffed in tacos with the meat’s braising liquid.
For our beef birria, we took all the warm flavors of the traditional dish and made it just a little easier to make with the help of the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Beef Birria
- 2 pounds Chuck roast steak (boneless and fat trimmed)
- 2 Tablespoons chilli powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons sea salt (more or less to taste)
- 1 diced onion
- 1 sliced jalapeño (optional)
- 1 sliced red chilli pepper (optional)
- 1 medium diced green pepper
- 14 ounces mild enchilada sauce
- 12 ounces beef broth or choice of broth
- diced white onion (cilantro and limes for serving)
- In the slow cooker add beef, and all the seasonings.
- Add diced peppers, onions, jalapeño, red chilli pepper, enchilada sauce, and broth.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
- Once beef is tender, shred with two forks.
- Serve on tortillas with diced white onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice! Feel free to serve with cauliflower rice for a low-carb option!
If you do not have a slow cooker, don’t worry, this can be done in a large pot. It will take 2-3 hours so be mindful of that if you are planning on leaving home.
If you love this recipe, try these easy Chicken Tacos.