Mom’s Recipes

Authentic Mexican Birria Recipe

10 servings


30 minutes

active time

2 hours

total time


1 Lb Bone-In Lamb Ribs

1 Lb Beef shank

1 Lb Beef loin

1 1/2 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Pepper

1 Tsp Ground Cumin

4 Dried Ancho Chiles

4 Dried Guajillo Chiles

1 Chipotle Pepper

8 Peppercorns

2 cloves

1 Tsp dried thyme

1 Tsp Marjoram

1 Tsp Dried Oregano

2 Bay Leaves

1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin

1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 Cinnamon Stick

8 Cloves Garlic

1/2 Large Onion

1 1/2 Tbsp Salt

4 Red Tomatoes

1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar

2 cups Water


Preparation (all methods)

Season the meat with salt, pepper, and cumin

Cut open the dried chiles with scissors and remove the seeds

Fry the dried chiles with a small amount of oil in a frying pan for 2-3 minutes, moving constantly so they don't burn. Set aside

Add the chiles from the previous step to a small pot with boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until softened.

In the same frying pan where you fried the chiles, add 1 tablespoon of oil and cook the onions and tomatoes until they are browned. Add the garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and all of the remaining spices except for the ground cumin and ginger. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes, moving it around often.

Add the chiles (including the water), the ingredients from the previous step, and the ginger, cumin, apple cider vinegar and water to a blender and blend until smooth. It will still be pretty thick, but that is fine. Strain and set aside the resulting sauce for the next step.

Pour the sauce over the meat in a large bowl and cover. If using the oven or stovetop methods, you will want to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight. If using the electric pressure cooker option, you can marinate it, but it isn't necessary.

Follow the cooking instructions according to your preferred method below.

Method 1 - Stovetop

Add the meat with the marinade to a large stockpot and cook over medium heat, covered, for about three hours, or until the meat falls off the bones and is easy to shred.

Method 2 - Oven

Add the meat with the marinade to a large oven-safe dish and cover with aluminum foil and cook at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 2 hours or until the meat is easy to shred.

Method 3 - Electric Pressure Cooker *Preferred Method

Add the meat with the marinade (or just the meat and the marinade separately if you chose not to marinate it) to the pot of the electric pressure cooker.

Follow instructions for your electric pressure cooker to bring it to high pressure and cook for 45 minutes. Release pressure naturally for 5 minutes and then use the quick pressure release option to release the rest of the pressure. Remove the lid per instructions and the meat will be tender and ready to shred.

How to Serve

Remove the meat and shred it. You can then serve it over the soup made from the sauce that the meat cooked in or you can serve it with tortillas as tacos with cilantro, lime, onions, and salsa.


Serving Size

1 People


315 kcal

Total Fat

15 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



61 mg


2180 mg

Total Carbohydrate

21 g

Dietary Fiber

8 g

Total Sugars

12 g


24 g

10 servings


30 minutes

active time

2 hours

total time
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