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Birria Quesatacos with Consomé

Two cuts of beef slow cooked in a robust and spicy stock filled with spices and flavor. This is the best Birria recipe you’ll find.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes



  • 3-4 lbs chuck roast
  • 1-3 lbs beef shanks
  • 1-2 TBS seasoning salt
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves + 1 yellow onion finely diced

Chile Paste:

  • 4 guajillo chilies
  • 5 New Mexico chilies
  • 3 Chile de Árbol
  • 2 Mulato chilies
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 14.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 TBS Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Mexican Oregano
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp ground Corriander
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 TBS white distilled vinegar


  • Corn tortillas
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cilantro & Chopped Onions for garnish
  • Lime



  1. Cut the roast into large chunks
  2. Season the roast pieces and beef shanks with the seasoning salt and onion powder
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet
  4. Sear the meat on all sides until browned.
  5. Remove the meat; set aside
  6. Add the finely diced onion and garlic into the same skillet
  7. Sauté for 1-2 mins
  8. Remove and reserve for the chile paste
  9. Spray a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  10. Add the meat to the slow cooker.

Chile Paste:

  1. Remove seeds and stems from all of the dried chilies.
  2. Place the chilies in a dry skillet on medium high heat.
  3. Toast the chilies for one minute. Do NOT burn the chilies. They will become bitter.
  4. Boil 2 cups of beef stock
  5. Place the dried chilies in a heat safe bowl
  6. Pour the hot stock over the chilies; allow them to soak and soften for 30 minutes.
  7. Pour the softened chilies and stock into blender
  8. Add the chipotle peppers, diced tomatoes, 3 garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves, peppercorns, Mexican oregano, cumin, coriander, allspice, cinnamon stick, ginger, sautéed onion and garlic, and vinegar into the blender.
  9. Blend until well combined and smooth.
  10. Pour the paste into a strainer over the slow cooker containing the meat.
  11. Strain the paste into the slow cooker
  12. Pour in the remaining 2 cups of beef stock and two cups of water.
  13. Stir.
  14. Add the remaining 2 bay leaves and cover with the lid.
  15. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until the beef is fork tender.
  16. Remove the meat and shred it. Discard the bones.
  17. Ladle out 2 cups of the consomé to dip the tortillas in

Quesa Tacos:

  1. Dip the tortillas into the consomé.

  2. Fry in a hot skillet until it’s as crispy as desired
  3. Add the meat, cheese, and toppings of your choice
  4. Fold the tortilla over and continue heating until cheese is melted.
  5. Enjoy!