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Crockpot Birria de Res

Crockpot birria is the easiest and most flavorful method for making this super popular Mexican beef stew. Serve as a stew with its flavorful juices, or shred the meat for use in burritos, enchiladas, or birria tacos! Use the sauce for dipping your tacos!
4.67 from 3 votes
Author Kori
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 467 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 ancho chiles (dried)
  • 3 new mexico chiles (dried)
  • 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 ounces chiles in adobo sauce (use more if you like it spicy!)
  • 2 cinnnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves (dried)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • serve with: tortillas, cheese, diced onion, lime wedges, and cilantro.


  • Season all sides of chuck roast with salt and pepper
  • Preheat a 12" skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil. When skillet is very hot sear each side of chuck roast until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes each side.
  • Remove roast and set aside. Add onions and garlic, and saute until they are caramelized.
  • In a crockpot add the dried chilies, cooked onions and garlic, and then the beef roast. Add remaining ingredients on top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until the roast is very tender.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and any hard chile pods or skin.
  • Remove roast from crockpot and shred meat. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the liquids that remain in the pot until smooth.
  • Serve the shredded beef and sauce with tortillas, cheese, diced onion, lime wedges, cilantro, and any other favorite topping.



  • Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
  • SUBSTITUTIONS: This recipe is medium spicy. If you prefer it spicier, substitute spicier dried peppers and/or use more chipotles in adobo sauce. If you prefer mild - half or omit the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (or use mild); 
  • TOP TIPS: Sometimes you will get dried peppers with tough skins or pods. They will never soften enough to blend so take a look to see if you have any in your stew and remove them; If you are in a hurry you do not need to sear the beef or caramelize the onions. These steps do add flavor to the recipe - but skip if you don't have time.
  • SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve as a stew or shred the beef and serve in quesabirria tacos. Use the sauce to dip your tacos in.


Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 37gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 3371mgPotassium: 1090mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3663IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 6mg

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