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Birria consome in a bowl next to quesabirria tacos

Amazing Birria Consomé Recipe

Isabel Laessig
Learn how to make Birria Consomé with beef! This delicious Mexican stew recipe makes the best dipping sauce for quesabirria tacos and as a sauce for rice and more.
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5
Calories 636 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Medium pot

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds boneless chuck roast cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 dried guajillo chiles
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 2 roma tomatoes quartered
  • 1 medium onion halved
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ inch cinnamon stick up to 2-inch
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 cups beef broth

Instructions
 

  • Place a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. When hot, season beef with salt and pepper and add to pot. Sear on all sides. Add half of the onion to the pot and cook two minutes more. Remove dutch oven from heat and set aside while you make the sauce.
    3 pounds boneless chuck roast, 2 tablespoon olive oil, 1 medium onion, ½ teaspoon black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
    Beef seared in pot with onion
  • Remove the stems and seeds from the dried chile peppers. In a medium pot, add the chiles, tomatoes, half onion, garlic cloves, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf. Pour in enough water to cover all ingredients, about 4 to 5 cups. Place on stove over medium-high heat and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
    3 dried guajillo chiles, 2 dried ancho chiles, 2 roma tomatoes, 1 medium onion, 4 cloves garlic, 1 ½ inch cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf
    cutting peppers for birria
  • Add remaining seasonings to the sauce pot: dried oregano, cumin seeds, dried thyme, and salt and peppercorns. Give it a stir and simmer for 10 minutes more. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
    1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
    birria consome ingredients in a pot
  • Strain the contents of the sauce pot into a large wire-mesh strainer over a large bowl. Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon stick and discard. Place remaining solids into a blender.
    Birria consome ingredients in a strainer
  • Add 2 cups of the broth from the sauce into the blender, plus 1 cup of beef broth. Whirl until well blended. Taste and add more salt if needed and blend just until mixed in.
    1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste, 2 cups beef broth, ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
    blended birria consome ingredients
  • Place the pot with the beef and onion back on the stove at medium heat. Pour the contents of the blender over the beef. If the sauce is not enough liquid to cover the beef, pour in enough beef broth to cover. Bring to a simmer, then cover and lower heat. Simmer until meat is tender and shreds easily, about 2½ to 3 hours.
    birria consome in pot with beef

Notes

  • For more heat, try adding dried chiles de árbol. These hot peppers add a sharp flavor to birria stew that's just perfect for matching with the earthy flavors of the rest of the dish.
  • When browning the meat, be sure to get a good sear on the bottom of the pan. This is where flavor starts and gives depth to any soup, stew, or sauce.
  • Blending the ingredients is super important to achieve the birria consome texture. You want a smooth sauce for dipping.
  • For an extra special touch, use homemade beef broth. It will really intensify the flavors!

Nutrition

Calories: 636kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 58gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 1056mgPotassium: 1495mgFiber: 7gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 5353IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 8mg
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