Traditionally made with lamb or goat, Birria Tacos are a delicious dish loaded with flavor. These tacos are cooked in the crockpot, adding a layer of convenience and ease to your weeknight meal planning or family get togethers. Made with a boneless lamb shoulder, these tacos will melt in your mouth and everyone will be coming back for more!
COOK TIME: 6-8 hours
For the Lamb:
- 1 Boise River Lamb Boneless Shoulder
- 1 tbsp neutral oil such as avocado oil
- 4 dried Guajillo chiles
- 5-6 Chipotle chilis in adobo (from a can)
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 8 whole cloves garlic, smashed
- 32 oz beef or vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 dry bay leaves
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp coriander
- salt and pepper
For the Tacos:
- corn tortillas
- shredded cheese
- diced onions
- lime wedges
Cooking the Lamb:
1. Unpackage and pat-dry the lamb. Generously salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add lamb to skillet and sear on all sides, 4-5 minutes per side.
3. Add lamb to crockpot with all remaining "For the Lamb" ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours.
4. After 8 hours, carefully remove the lamb (it will be falling apart!), to a baking sheet and shred with forks. Place in large bowl and set aside.
5. Remove bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and Guajillo chilis from crockpot and discard.
6. Using an immersion blender or high powered blender, blend everything remaining in the crockpot until a smooth sauce is formed.
7. Add 1.5 to 2 cups of the sauce to the shredded lamb and toss to coat.
Assembling the Tacos:
1. Dip tortillas into sauce and lay flat in a frying pan heated with oil over medium heat.
2. To one half of the tortilla, add cheese, then meat, and top with diced onions and cilantros.
3. Fry 2-3 minutes over medium heat, then flip other side to make a half moon.
4. Add a small ladle of sauce to the top of the tortilla. Flip over and fry 2-3 more minutes.
5. Continue to repeat until all your tacos are assembled. Enjoy!