Slow-Cooker Birria Beef Tacos

Family and friends will love this tasty taco twist on a traditional Mexican dish. Birria is a meat stew often served at holidays and celebrations. For this easy take on the dish, we’ve turned the traditional rustic stew into slow-cooker beef tacos using our Old El Paso™ Barbacoa Beef Street Taco Kit. Slow-cooking the beef makes it melt-in-your-mouth tender while it takes on the delicious flavors of the broth mixture, made of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, garlic, taco kit seasoning and onions. Looking for some taco night inspiration? This easy birria tacos recipe is sure to be a hit.
Prep 45 Minutes
Total Time 7 Hours 45 Minutes
Servings 4

Ingredient List

  • 2 1/4 cups diced white onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 package (11.3 oz) Old El Paso™ Barbacoa Beef Street Taco Kit
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 lb boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup from 1 package (7 oz) Old El Paso™ Shredded Mexican Style 4 Cheese Blend
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix 2 cups of the onions, the chiles, garlic, seasoning mix (from taco kit) and salt. Stir in water.
  2. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook beef roast in oil 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until browned on both sides. Transfer to mixture in slow cooker; turn to coat. Cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours, until beef is tender.
  3. Transfer beef to cutting board; cool slightly. Shred beef, discarding any pieces of fat. Toss beef with 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Place remaining cooking liquid in small bowl, for dipping.
  4. Fill tortillas (from taco kit) with beef, cheese, remaining 1/4 cup onions and the cilantro. Serve with salsa verde (from taco kit), reserved cooking liquid and lime wedges.

Expert Tips

  • The flavorful cooking liquid from the birria, or “consommé,” is often served as a dipping sauce.
  • The shredded slow-cooker birria beef from this birria tacos recipe is also delicious tucked into a cheesy quesadilla or served over rice with some cooking liquid.
  • If desired, strain cooking liquid before transferring to bowl for dipping.


  • 1 Serving (3 Tacos) Calories 720 (Calories from Fat 370);  Total Fat 41g (Saturated Fat 17g ,Trans Fat 1g);  Cholesterol 140mg;  Sodium 1580mg;  Potassium 750mg;  Total Carbohydrate 41g (Dietary Fiber 2g ,Sugars 7g);  Protein 47g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 4%;  Vitamin C 8%;  Calcium 30%;  Iron 30%
  • Exchanges: 2 Starch;  1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  1 Vegetable;  5 1/2 Lean Meat;  4 1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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