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Beef Birria

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Beef Birria

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    Ingredients :

  • 3 (8 ounce) beef short ribs
  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) beef chuck
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 7 peppers dried guajillo chilies
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • peeled
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger
  • thinly sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • cored and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced white onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium lime
  • sliced
  • Methods :

  • Cut each beef short rib through the middle, all the way down to the bone. Cut beef chuck in half; cut each half into 3- to 4-inch pieces.
  • Place beef chuck and short ribs into a soup pot and season with salt, black pepper, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves. Toss very thoroughly until the meat is evenly coated with the spices, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Cover and transfer into the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  • Prep guajillo chiles by snipping off stems with scissors; slice open and scrape or shake out the seeds onto a plate to discard.
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add dried guajillo chiles and toss in the hot oil, about 30 seconds. Add chopped onion, garlic, and ginger; toss to combine. Add tomatoes and water, raise heat to high, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and use an immersion blender to blend the mixture as smooth as possible, or transfer to a regular blender, working in batches as needed.
  • Remove the soup pot with meat from the refrigerator. Strain the reserved chili mixture into the pot using a large mesh strainer. Add bay leaves, honey, vinegar, and chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, and then lower to medium-low. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the meat is falling-apart tender, 3 to 4 hours. Skim fat off of the top and reserve for future birria queso tacos.
  • Place some chunks of beef into a soup bowl and ladle some of the cooking liquid over top. Top with white onion and chopped cilantro and squeeze lime juice over top.
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