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Red Tacos Jalisco (Quesabirria Tacos)

Jalisco Style Tacos (Birria de Res) Recipe – Red Tacos Con Queso, AKA Quesabirria Tacos, made with beef slow-cooked with spices to tender perfection, loaded into corn tortillas with cheese, and fried crispy in beef fat. Heaven!

close view two tacos con queso on a plate with dipping sauce

What are Quesabirria Tacos?

Quesabirria Tacos are also known as Tacos Jalisco, or Birria tacos. They are an amazing taco creation made with Jalisco-style (from the Mexican state of Jalisco) Birria de Res stew meat that is slow-cooked with chiles and vibrant spices. Since the fat and beef broth have annatto seed (or paprika) in them, they are often also called Red Tacos.

This spicy and savory shredded beef (or goat) is loaded into corn tortillas with plenty of melty cheese and pico de gallo, then pan-fried crispy in the reserved fat from the stew. The result is an almost quesadilla-like crunchy and cheesy taco that is mind-blowing to experience.

They are often served with a side of the beef consommé broth for dipping, similar to a French dip sandwich.

top view plates of red tacos with lime slices and cups of beef broth

The Best Birria de Res Recipe

Birria de Res stew is traditionally made with goat meat. If you can find goat meat, use it! Otherwise, we’ve combined beef chuck roast and beef short ribs to mimic the taste and fat content of goat meat.

Pro Tip: This is a large recipe. However, since it takes time to slow cook the meat, it’s best to make a large batch and freeze some of the meat, fat, and broth for later use.

Your choice of meat is combined with Guajillo chiles, onion, garlic, and a few key spices. Then they are slow cooked on the stovetop until fork tender. Not only is the shredded beef melt-in-your-mouth amazing, but the savory and spicy beef broth is also fantastic to dip the birria queso tacos into for even more deliciousness in every bite.

plate with two quesabirria tacos and dipping sauce

Ingredients You Need

For the Birria de Res:

  • Olive oil or your preferred neutral flavored high heat cooking oil
  • Guajillo chilesdried
  • Onionpeeled and cut into chunks
  • Garlicpeeled
  • Beef chuck roast and Beef short ribs or goat meat on the bone
  • Wateror chicken broth broth, but then skip the chick base/bouillon
  • Chicken baseaka bouillon
  • Bay leavesdried
  • Spices – dried Mexican oregano, ground cumin, ground annatto seeds (or paprika), ground cinnamon

To make the Quesabirria Tacos:

  • Corn tortillasstore bought or homemade tortillas
  • Shredded quesoor Oaxaca or Monterey Jack
  • Pico de galloor your favorite fresh salsa

How to Make Red Tacos Jalisco

Set out a food processor. Break the stems off the tops of the dried guajillo chilies and shake out any loose seeds. Place the chiles in the food processor and pulse until well chopped.

spices in a food processor

 Then add in the roughly chopped onion and garlic cloves.

Pulse again to form a fine mash.

blended spices and aromatics in a food processor

Place an extra large 8-quart saucepot over medium heat. Add the oil. Once hot, pour the onion-chile mixture into the pot. Sauté the onion mixture for 4-5 minutes

spice blend in a large cooking pot

Meanwhile, chop the beef chuck roast into 2-3 inch chunks. Once the onions have softened, add the chuck roast and short ribs into the pot.

chunks of raw beef in a large cooking pot

Measure and pour in the water, chicken base, bay leaves, red wine vinegar, oregano, ground cumin, ground annatto seeds, and ground cinnamon.

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chunks of raw beef in a cooking pot with spices and bay leaves

Stir and cover the pot with a heavy lid.

Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, until the meat is fork-tender.

Make sure to stir every 30 to 40 minutes so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot. Otherwise, keep covered.

cooked birria de res

Once the meat is tender and shreddable, remove all the meat chunks, ribs, and bay leaves from the pot.

meat on a cutting board

Allow the beef to cool for a few minutes as you separate the fat from the broth. Use a shallow spoon to skim at least 1/4 cup of fat off of the broth, and set it aside for later use.

spoon scooping beef fat from the pan

Pro Tip: If you have time, the easiest way to separate the fat from broth is to chill it until the fat has congealed. Then just lift the fat off and reheat the broth.

small cup of beef fat and large bowl of beef broth

Next, shred all the beef and place it in a large dish. Discard the bones and bay leaves.

shredded birria de res

When ready to fry the tacos, place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a spoonful of reserved beef fat to the skillet.

Once melted, place 3-4 tortillas in the skillet. Sprinkle each tortilla with 2-3 tablespoons of shredded queso cheese and place 3-4 tablespoons of shredded beef on one side.

making quesabirria tacos in a skillet

Top with a couple of tablespoons of pico de gallo.

adding pico de gallo to shredded beef and cheese on corn tortillas in a skillet

Fry the tortillas until the cheese is melted, then fold the tortilla over the beef to create the taco shape. Continue to fry 1-2 minutes longer, per side, until the tortillas are crispy.

tacos jalisco folded over frying in a skillet

Repeat with the remaining tortillas, cheese, and meat.

Pro Tip: You can place the finished tacos in a warming drawer or 200°F oven to keep the birria queso tacos warm until all the tacos are ready.

plate with two quesabirria tacos and side of beef broth

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy the Tacos Jaliso right away while warm, with a side of hot beef broth for dipping. You also might want to set out other condiments like cups of sour cream, guacamole, fresh salsa, and hot sauce.

Serve alongside your favorite Mexican dishes for lunch or dinner. We love to pair Red Tacos with Mexican pinto beans or refried beans, street corn salad (esquites), yellow rice, and crispy patatas bravas.

tacos jalisco aka red tacos on a plate with beef broth in a side cup

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make birria de res in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can! Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours.

Can you make this recipe using an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker?

Yes. However, most likely you will need to HALF the recipe to fit in a standard Instant Pot. Sauté the onion mixture to soften, then add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Set on Pressure Cook High for 45 minutes. Then perform a Natural Release for 15 minutes.

How long do leftovers last?

Birria de res will keep well for up to 5 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For the best taste and texture we recommend that you pan-fry the quesabirria tacos when you plan to serve.

Can you freeze leftovers?

This recipe is great to prepare as a large batch to enjoy now and freeze the rest for later! You can separate the meat from the broth or freeze them together, your choice. Transfer to an airtight and freezer-safe container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

hand dipping red tacos jalisco into beef broth on a plate

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Red Tacos Jalisco (Quesabirria Tacos Recipe)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Red Tacos Jalisco con queso, AKA Quesabirria Tacos, made with slow cooked Birria de Res loaded into corn tortillas with cheese, and fried crispy. Serve with savory, spicy beef broth to dip!
Servings: 24 tacos

Ingredients

For the Birria de Res –

For the Quesabirria Tacos –

  • 24 small corn tortillas
  • 16 ounces shredded queso cheese or Oaxaca, Monterey Jack
  • 2 cups pico de gallo

Instructions

  • Set out a food processor. Break the stems off the tops of the dried guajillo chilies and shake out any loose seeds. Place the chiles in the food processor and pulse until well chopped. Then add in the roughly chopped onion and garlic cloves. Pulse again to form a fine mash.
  • Place an extra large 8-quart saucepot over medium heat. Add the oil. Once hot, pour the onion-chile mixture into the pot. Sauté the onion mixture for 4-5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the beef chuck roast into 2-3 inch chunks. Once the onions have softened, add the chuck roast and short ribs into the pot.
  • Measure and pour in the water, chicken base, bay leaves, red wine vinegar, oregano, ground cumin, ground annatto seeds, and ground cinnamon. Stir and cover the pot with a heavy lid.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, until the meat is fork tender. Make sure to stir every 30 to 40 minutes so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot. Otherwise, keep covered.
  • Once the meat is tender and shreddable, remove all the meat chunks, ribs, and bay leaves from the pot.
  • Allow the beef to cool for a few minutes as you separate the fat from the broth. Use a shallow spoon to skim at least 1/4 cup of fat off of the broth, and set it aside for later use. *If you have time, the easiest way to separate the fat from broth is to chill it until the fat has congealed. Then just lift the fat off and reheat the broth.
  • Shred all the beef and place it in a large dish. Discard the bones and bay leaves.
  • When ready to fry the tacos, place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a spoonful of reserved beef fat to the skillet. Once melted, place 3-4 tortillas in the skillet. Sprinkle each tortilla with 2-3 tablespoons of shredded queso cheese and place 3-4 tablespoons of shredded beef on one side. Top with a couple of tablespoons of pico de gallo.
  • Fry the tortillas until the cheese is melted then fold the tortilla over the beef to create the taco shape. Continue to fry 1-2 minutes longer, per side, until the tortillas are crispy. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, cheese, and meat. *You can place the finished tacos in a warming drawer or 200°F oven to keep warm until all the tacos are ready.
  • Serve the tacos warm with a side of hot beef broth.

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Notes

Can you make this in a Slow Cooker? Yes. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5-6 hours.
Can you make this an Instant Pot? Yes. However, most likely you will need to HALF the recipe to fit in a standard instant pot. Sauté the onion mixture to soften, then add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Set on Pressure Cook High for 45 minutes. Then perform a Natural Release for 15 minutes.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The Birria de Res and broth will keep well for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1taco, Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 515mg, Potassium: 392mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 559IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 187mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Central American, Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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6 comments on “Red Tacos Jalisco (Quesabirria Tacos)”

  1. Sommer can you make them with bacon?🐷🐖

  2. Ok, it will be hard to make regular tacos again!! So much flavor, they were in incredible!!

  3. These were the hit of Taco Tuesday and will definitely become a part of our regular rotation! So much flavor…everybody RAVED about them!

  4. Oh my, these tacos are fantastic! We loved every bite! YUM!

  5. Holy Guacamole! these tacos are fantastic! thank you so much for sharing this recipe and expanding our taco Tuesday recipes!