Slow-Cooked to Perfection: Homemade Steak Birria Tacos

January 8, 2024

Imagine coming home to the tantalizing aroma of slow-cooked steak, ready to be tucked into warm tortillas and topped with melting cheese. Our Homemade Steak Birria Meat Tacos make this dream a reality. This slow cooker recipe is a fuss-free way to bring authentic Mexican flavors to your table, with a tender, juicy steak birria that practically melts in your mouth.


  • 2-3 lbs Beef Steak (such as chuck roast or brisket), cut into chunks
  • 4 Dried Guajillo Chiles
  • 2 Dried Ancho Chiles
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheese (such as Oaxaca or Mozzarella)
  • Fresh Cilantro and Lime for garnish


  • Prepare the Chiles: Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles. Soak them in hot water for about 20 minutes until they soften.
  • Make the Sauce: In a blender, combine the soaked chiles, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • Slow Cook the Steak: Place the beef chunks in your slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the meat, ensuring it’s well coated. Add bay leaves. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the meat is tender and easily shredded.
  • Shred and Serve: Once cooked, shred the beef in the slow cooker with two forks. Let it soak up the sauce.
  • Assemble the Tacos: Warm the tortillas, add a scoop of the birria meat, top with shredded cheese, and if desired, quickly grill or broil them to melt the cheese.
  • Garnish and Enjoy: Serve with fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and extra birria sauce on the side for dipping.

These Homemade Steak Birria Tacos are not just a meal; they’re a journey into the heart of Mexican cuisine. The slow cooker does all the heavy lifting, leaving you with a dish that’s both incredibly delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Perfect for a family dinner or a gathering with friends, these tacos are sure to become a favorite.

This recipe is ideal for those who love the rich flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine but appreciate the convenience of a slow cooker meal!

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