Use a mix of dried chiles for birria that's incredibly flavorful. Serve this Mexican-style shredded beef soup with cilantro, onions, shredded cabbage, and tortillas on the side.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 dried California chile peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • 2 dried pasilla chiles, stemmed and seeded

  • 2 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded

  • 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded

  • 2 New Mexico dried red chile pods, stemmed and seeded

  • water to cover

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 1 slice onion, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 ½ onions, chopped

  • 3 ½ pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into chunks

  • 6 bay leaves

  • salt to taste


  1. Place dried chiles into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until chiles are softened, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Pour chile mixture into a blender. Add garlic, onion slice, pepper, oregano, cumin, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.

  3. Layer chopped onions in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chuck roast over onions and add bay leaves. Pour chile sauce on top.

  4. Cook on High until beef is tender enough to shred with a fork, about 5 hours.

  5. Remove beef from sauce. Continue cooking sauce until reduced, 35 to 45 minutes. Return beef to sauce and season with salt.

Cook's Note:

Use 10 to 12 mild dried chiles of any variety (California, pasilla, ancho, guajillo, New Mexico, puya).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

353 Calories
23g Fat
11g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 353
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 471mg 10%

* 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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