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How to Make the Ultimate Birria Tacos

  • Author: Tina
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes


Discover the secrets to making the best Birria Tacos! A simple, step-by-step guide for juicy, flavorful slow-cooked beef tacos that will amaze everyone.


  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, and lime wedges for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the beef chuck roast with salt and pepper, then sear each side until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the beef to a slow cooker.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and beef broth.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the beef is tender and shreds easily.
  6. Shred the beef using two forks and stir well to mix with the cooking juices.
  7. Warm the corn tortillas according to package instructions.
  8. Spoon the shredded beef onto tortillas and garnish with fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, and a squeeze of lime juice.


The preparation of birria tacos focuses on slow cooking the beef to perfection. Begin by searing the beef to lock in the flavors, then slow cook with spices and broth to achieve tender, fall-apart meat. Once cooked, the beef should be easily shredded, mixed with the cooking juices for extra flavor, and served on warm tortillas with your chosen garnishes. The key is in the slow cooking process, which infuses the meat with a depth of flavor that’s hard to beat.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Slow Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Protein: 35 g

Keywords: Birria Tacos Mexican Cuisine Slow-Cooked Beef Shredded Beef Tacos Traditional Mexican Dish Corn Tortillas Beef Chuck Roast