Birria Recipe


This birria recipe is a Mexican stew made with blended chile peppers simmered with beef stew meat. Very delicious! Serve with cilantro, lime, and chopped onion as condiments and Mexican rice or beans as side dishes.

high angle looking at a bowl of birria
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins


  • 5 dried Anaheim chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • 5 guajillo chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • water to cover

  • ¼ onion

  • 1 tablespoon mixed spices, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste

  • 3 pounds cubed beef stew meat

  • 6 bay leaves


  1. Place Anaheim and guajillo peppers in a saucepan; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer chiles and water into a blender; add onion, mixed spices, and salt. Blend until smooth.

  3. Place stew meat in a large pot; stir in pureed chile mixture and add bay leaves. Cook over medium-low heat until meat is very tender, 3 to 5 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

159 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 630mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 28mg 138%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 321mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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