These beef birria quesa tacos are phenomenal. We are going to make an adobo from ancho and Guajillo peppers, and some spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, pepper corns). We will then slather the beef and let it marinade overnight. The following morning, we will place the meat in a steamer and cook it for 4 and 1/2 hours. The final result is simply amazing.
After our beef is shredded we will dunk some tortillas in the fat from the consommé and fry them. We will add cheese and beef and fold them into quesabirrias. Serve them with a side of consommé and you are golden. Delish, delish!
Beef Birria Quesa Tacos Recipe
2 pounds short rib
3 pounds boneless shank or chuck roast or any other meat of your choice
FOR THE MARINADE:
4 Chile ancho
10 Chile guajillo
1/2 of a small white onion
2 garlic cloves — peeled
a small piece of cinnamon stick (preferably Mexican)
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 cup of water
Wash the dry chilies well and remove the stems and as much of the seeds as possible.
Heat a dry skillet and start toasting the chilies. Don’t pile them up. Work in batches and turn them frequently until they have a bit of char and you can smell them. Transfer them to your blender. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the water and salt) to the skillet. Char the onion and garlic and transfer to a blender. Toast all the spiced for a few minutes, until they are very fragrant, and transfer them to the blender. Be careful not to burn anything.
Add 1/2 cup of water to the blender and the salt. Blend until you have a smooth paste. If the paste is too thick, go ahead and add the remaining 1/4 cup of water.
Pour it over the beef, making sure to coat it well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. If you want to use it the same day marinate it for at least 4 hours.
COOK THE MEAT:
1 small potato — cubed
1 carrot — peeled and sliced
1/2 – 14.5 can garbanzo beans (drained)
Add enough water to a large pot with a steamer so that the basket does not touch it. Add the potato, carrot and garbanzo beans.
Place the steamer basket into the pot and arrange all the beef inside. Make sure the water is not weeping into the basket.
Place a damp dish towel on top of the pot and cover it. Wrap the hanging towel around the lid. This will keep the steam in the pot.
Start cooking the meat on medium until the liquid starts heating up. Reduce the heat to minimum and cook the meat for 4 and 1/2 hours.
Lift the basket every hour to make sure the liquid is not drying up. If you are working on low heat you should not have a problem. If for any reason the broth dries up, add beef broth.
Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the basket and cool it down until you can shred it. Taste for salt and adjust. Mix well.
Cool down the broth until you can skim off the excess fat into a bowl.
FOR THE TACOS:
Shredded Jack or pulled Oaxaca cheese
Chopped white onion
Heat a skillet until hot.
Dunk each tortilla in the reserved fat. Place it on the skillet. Let it cook for a minute and flip it. Place cheese and meat on half of the tortillas. Fold it like a quesadilla and cook it on one side. Flip a couple of times until the tortilla is browned and the cheese is melted.
Serve some consommé in a cup. Add some onion and cilantro to the broth. Squeeze some lime juice into the broth.
Open the tortilla and add some onion and cilantro in the middle. Squeeze some lime and fold.
Enjoy the quesa birria by dunking into the consommé. Make sure to drink the consommé. It is delicious!