Birria Quesa Tacos

I may struggle to pronounce it correctly, but this is an easy winner as one of the juiciest tacos you will ever have in your life. A simple birria de res con consomme, atop a beautiful quesataco filled with melty Oaxaca cheese. It's bliss in a taco.

SUPPLIES USED:

Induction Cooktop

Blender


INGREDIENTS:

Birria De Res:

  • 1lb boneless chuck roast

  • 3 beef short rib

  • 1lb oxtail

  • 5 ancho chilies

  • 5 guajillo chilies

  • 2 chilies de arbol

  • 2.5 quarts rich beef stock

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 6 bay leaves

  • 1 Tbsp 5g toasted coriander

  • 1 Tbsp 8g toasted black peppercorns

  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped

  • 1 Tbsp 12g tomato paste

  • 1 yellow onion

  • 8 cloves garlic

  • Salt to taste


Quesatacos:

  • 6 inch corn tortillas (a large pack will do)

  • 1lb Oaxaca cheese, shredded

  • Consomme

  • Shredded beef


Consomme Serving:

  • Consomme

  • Sweet onion, finely diced

  • Fresh cilantro, finely chopped


INSTRUCTIONS:

Birria De Res Method:

  1. Start by removing the stems and seeds of ancho and guajilo chilies, as well as chilies de arbol.

  2. Season all the meat generously with salt. In a large oiled pot heated over medium heat, add the meat in batches and sear 2-3 minutes on all sides.

  3. Add a bit more oil to the pot back on medium heat and add chopped onions. Saute until just softened.

  4. Once softened, add tomato paste and cook down until paste starts to darken.

  5. At which point, add sliced garlic and saute until fragrant and add rich beef stock. Mix together and add in chilies.

  6. Separately in cheesecloth, add black pepper corns, toasted coriander, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves. Fold together and tie tightly.

  7. Toss the spice bag mixture into the stock and bring to a light simmer and cover. Braise for 1 hour stirring occasionally.

  8. After 1 hour, remove the chilies and place into a blender with a little of stock liquid and blend until smooth.

  9. Pour back into the stew and bring back to a simmer. Cover and braise for 90 minutes.

  10. Remove the meat (and any bones) and shred using a fork.

  11. Season the rest of the broth with salt and place to the side.


Assembly Method:

  1. Take a fresh tortilla and dunk in the broth completely.

  2. Place tortilla in a cast iron skillet set over medium heat.

  3. Top with shredded cheese (preferably oaxaca cheese) and cook until just melted.

  4. On one side add the braised shredded meat with a drizzle of consomme.

  5. Fold the taco over cooking for 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

  6. Serve with a ramekin filled with consomme topped with diced onions and chopped cilantro.