What are tacos?
Tacos are a kind of common Mexican food which has gained popularity in different regions of the world. One of the reasons for its popularity is its quick and easy recipe. As compared to the other food you would find it easy to cook without any compromise on taste and flavours. You can cook tacos at home without any hassle. Tacos can be made by applying different recipes in which birria tacos are one of them. Usually, the tacos are comprised of grilled, shredded or ground meat with a mixture of vegetables in a tortilla carrier. After analysing the look you might be confused because of its pretty resemblance to fajitas.
Although there is a core distinction between fajitas and tacos that is tacos are cooked with flour tortillas or corn toasted in oil while fajitas are made of flour tortillas. Unless both the dishes are used for filling purposes but you will get differences in taste as well. Being a traditional dish tacos are of various types.
- Carne Asada tacos
- Cabeza tacos
- Chorizo tacos
- Birria tacos
- Pescado tacos
- Carnitas tacos
- Pescado tacos
- Al Pastor tacos
- Barbacoa tacos
We are specifically going forward towards the recipe, facts and origin of birria tacos here.
What are birria tacos?
You might have to listen to the name of birria for the first time; if you are a food lover and adore tasting new and versatile cuisines then it would be a new and exciting recipe for you. Birria is a cuisine that originated in Mexico; it’s a traditional dish that is famous all over the world because of its rich ingredients and flavours. Birria is a dish that is in the form of soup or stew cooked from he meant of goat, pork, lamb, chicken, beef, or mutton. Birria tacos are famous by another name called quesabirria tacos. Birrioa tacos are comprised of the ingredients such as corn tortilla that has braised meat inside it. Birria tacos are not spicy for you if you are used to eating spicy food, but if you are not habitual of eating spicy meals then it may seem spicy to you.
Special Ingredients of birria tacos
The ingredients of birrica tacos are not difficult to find, you can easily purchase them from the local markets.
1. Mexican oregano
You can find oregano of different origins but I would suggest you keep Mexican oregano as it has a different taste and delicious scent than other. Only by adding a pinch of oregano, you would find a noticeable difference in taste.
2. Mexican cinnamon
As compared to the simple cinnamon that belongs to other origins you might find a difference in Mexican cinnamon. It is more reprobated and can break easily and is more tetchy and frail than other cinnamons. While using the common cinnamon people add it to the mixture after boiling it. However, when using Mexican cinnamon you don’t need to add it after boiling because it has a rich taste and fragrance that will be mixed in the matter. Now, you can discard the boiled cinnamon.
3. Cuts of meat
Use a big chunk of stew meat and cut it into pieces of 3 inches. Moreover, for taste purposes, you can add short ribs of 1 pound. you can add the meat stew according to your required quantity, it can be 3 pounds, but before putting the meat make sure that you have not eliminated the fatty piece from the meat. These fatty pieces add flavour to the spices and sauces. For testing purposes, you can add the oxtail of 1 pound.
4. Dried chillies or peppers
The addition of dried chillies brings a delicious and spicy flavour to the birria tacos. Put the dried chillies by shredding them without edges. You can add the seeds according to your taste and spice level.
- Short ribs or oxtail = 1 pound
- Boneless chuck = 2 pounds
- Neutral oil such as vegetable/ avocado oil = 1 teaspoon
- Guajillo chiles = 7
- Arbol chiles = 3
- Ancho chiles = 7
- Garlic cloves = 6
- White onion = 1
- Roma tomatoes = 4
- Ground cloves = ¼ teaspoon
- Coriander seeds = 1 teaspoon
- Mexican cinnamon = ½ stick
- Black peppercorns = 1 tablespoon
- Apple cider vinegar = 1 teaspoon
- Beef broth = 3 cups
- Bay leaves = 3
- Mexican oregano = 1 teaspoon dried
- Cumin seeds = 1 teaspoon
- Lime juice = 1 lemon
- Minced cilantro = ¼ cup
- White minced onion = ¼
- Oaxacan or mozzarella cheese = 3 ounce
- Corn tortillas
- Kosher salt
How to make birria?
Take the meat and marinate it with salt according to your taste.
Put the meat in a big pot that has oven proof lid. Place the meat in the oven at medium to high heat. You might have to do it in chunks but make sure that heat is provided to the meat pieces from both sides for about 3 minutes. Now change the position of the meat and heat the remaining areas of the meat.
Now, add tomatoes, spices, chillies, garlic and onion to a pot and mix it well. Now put the water in this mixture and stir it for 20 minutes. You will see after 20 minutes that the chillies and tomatoes get softened than before.
Remove it and put the whole material in the blender, and add two cups of the meat broth to it. Now blend the all mixture well.
Now, keep the meat in the huge pot and add the sauce to it. Add one cup of meat broth in the blender again to get the forth above, it would give more sauce. Now pour it into the pot and give a light boil to it, then cover it with the lid. Put the pot in the oven and then lightly fry it for up to 3 hours, till the meat is not shredded.
How to make birria tacos?
Keep the meat separate from the sauce and shred it into little pieces.
Now pour some of the sauce into a bowl and thin it with beef broth if necessary.
In a shallow dish, combine minced onion and parsley with several squeezes of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of salt.
Add one tablespoon of the cilantro-onion mixture as well as a lemon wedge into the consomé.
Soak a corn tortilla through into sauce on top, which must consist primarily of fat. And place it in a non-stick saucepan over medium to high heat.
Swap over now and top with a tiny handful of chopped-up meat with a handful of Oaxacan cheese. Structure it to make a taco or quesadilla. And turn that one over but the other side could get melty and crispy.
Place on a baking tray and put in the oven at 200°F while you finish the remaining Birria tacos.
All in all, you would have the simplest recipe for the birria tacos. You can do amendments by adding the ingredients of your taste and flavour. This recipe of birria tacos is getting viral on different social media platforms such as Facebook, and TikTok.