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Beef Birria (crockpot recipe)

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Beef birria tacos are a tantalizing Mexican delicacy that will surely delight your taste buds. These flavorful tacos are made using tender, slow-cooked beef, marinated in a rich blend of spices, and then served with warm, soft tortillas. Though I preferred a crispy fried tortilla.

The beef is slowly cooked for 8 hours until it reaches a "melt-in-your-mouth texture." What makes this Birria broth so special, is that's it's infused with the robust flavors of chili, garlic, cumin, and several other aromatic spices. The meat is complemented by a side of consommé, a savory broth made from the cooking juices, adding an extra layer of depth to the dish.

With each bite, you'll experience a symphony of flavors, making these beef birria tacos an irresistible choice for any food lover.

Set the Scene: Pair the vibrant flavors of Beef Barrio Tacos with a self-care activity that celebrates movement and creativity: Latin Dance Party. After you've prepared your delicious tacos and set the energetic ambiance with "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, clear some space in your living room, and get ready to dance. Allow the Latin-infused rock beats to inspire you as you sway, groove, and move your body to the music. Dancing is not only a fun way to burn some calories but also a great stress reliever and mood booster. Let yourself be immersed in the lively atmosphere, and as you enjoy your Beef Barrio Tacos, embrace the joy and spontaneity of the moment. Whether you're dancing solo, with a partner, or with friends, this Latin Dance Party will leave you feeling invigorated and uplifted, creating a perfect balance of indulgence and self-care in your day. So, turn up the volume, move to the rhythm, and savor the delicious pairing of flavors and dance moves!

Vibe: A song that pairs well with Beef Barrio Tacos is "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas. This Latin-infused rock song has a vibrant and energetic rhythm that complements the bold and flavorful nature of the dish. The fusion of Latin guitar riffs and catchy vocals creates a lively atmosphere that mirrors the sizzle and savoriness of the Beef Barrio Tacos. Enjoy your meal while grooving to the infectious beats of "Smooth" and let the music enhance the dining experience with its spicy and exhilarating vibes.

Booze: A wine that pairs well with Beef Barrio Tacos is a medium-bodied red wine such as a Syrah or a Zinfandel. These red wines often exhibit rich flavors, bold fruitiness, and a touch of spice that can complement the savory and robust flavors of the Beef Barrio Tacos. The wine's smooth tannins and balanced acidity can also provide a nice contrast to the tender meat and the various toppings and salsas typically found in the taco. Consider serving a slightly chilled Syrah or Zinfandel to enhance your taco experience and create a delightful pairing.



  • 1.5 - 2 pounds chuck roast

  • 1 yellow onion (halved)

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 32oz vegetable broth

Blender/Chili Sauce:

  • 5 chili de Arbol & 5 Guajillo chiles (stems removed)

  • 1 + 1/2 cups hot water

  • 1 Roma tomato

  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 2 tsp Mexican oregano

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp allspice

  • 1 tsp adobo

  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic


  1. Add dried chilies, hot water, spices, 1/2 onion, and tomato to a blender. Set to the side and allow the chilies to soften.

  2. Add chuck roast, remaining 1/2 onion, and bay leaves to crockpot. Cover with chicken broth.

  3. Blend dried chilies, hot water, spices, 1/2 onion, and tomato until smooth. Pour chili mixture into crockpot.

  4. Set crockpot to cook on LOW for 8 hours.

  5. Once the 8 hours is up, shred the meat with the back of a fork. The meat will be exceptionally tender.

  6. Separate shredded beef from the broth.

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