Unwind and take a mental trip south of the border when you ease up and make a batch of homemade Slow Cooker Mexican Birria simmered in your favorite authentic spices.
As a little girl, I remember how excited I was to walk into the kitchen of either my Abuelita (Grandma) or my Tias (Aunts) on Birria day! Unfortunately, birria is a slow-cooked delicacy and back then the hours would seem like days as the glorious smell filled the entire house. Almost taunting us. If you are unfamiliar with birria, it is a spicy Mexican beef dish that pairs well with a warm, fluffy tortilla.
Homemade Slow Cooker Mexican Birria
As an adult, I wanted to re-create this same dish and the entire experience for my family, but because of that family, 6 members and counting, plus my other responsibilities, I sometimes felt like I could never provide that same experience. I did, however, resolve to never stop attempting to get it right.
It has taken me more than a few tries, some help from family members, and a few years, but I have finally mastered a simplified slow cooker version of birria that matches that delicious taste I remember as a girl. I am partial to serving and plating my birria with red cabbage, fresh limes, and warm tortillas just like my Tias and Abuelita did. One taste and you will be hooked. Birria is Mexican comfort food at its best!
This is one of the traditional dishes I make that leftovers seem to never be a part of the equation. I guess that is a sign for a winning meal! So are you ready to learn how to make it? Grab the printable recipe card and add to your personal cookbook collection!
- 2 to 3 lb roast
- 1/4 beef broth or water
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
- 1 jar of favorite salsa
- Layer chopped onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Place roast on top and cover with about 1/4 cup beef broth or water.
- Season roast to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Cook on high for 4 hours, on low for 6-8, or until beef can be shredded with a fork.
- Pour salsa on top of shredded beef and cook another hour.
- This is a dish that can be served right away once cooled or the next day as the flavors have time to steep.
Home Chef Tip: To speed up this recipe, the birria can be cooked in half the time on the stove top with the same instructions above.
Yum, right?! Plus the beauty of this recipe is that you can have a delicious meal ready and waiting for you without a lot of fuss when you get home from your busy day!
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