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Mexican Shredded Beef in Easy Birria Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Brian Humiston – @brians_eats_lv
Delicious Mexican shredded beef in rich, flavorful birria sauce. Now, THAT is a total fiesta for your taste buds.
Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :4 hours
Total Time :4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 3 pounds/1.36 kilograms chuck roast, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt


  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled

Herb/spice bundle (wrap in cheesecloth):

  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 6 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice

Chile mixture:

  • 4 dried guajillo chilies
  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 dried pasilla chilies


  • Mix the spices and salt together and liberally season the beef. Sear the beef over medium-high heat until it turns golden brown. Remove the beef from the pan and set it aside.
  • In the same pan used for the beef, sauté the chopped onion, roma tomatoes, and garlic for 3-4 minutes. Add the herb/spice bundle and sauté for an additional 5-6 minutes until the ingredients soften. Add the dried chilies to the pan and continue sautéing for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Cover the mixture with beef stock and simmer for 30 minutes over medium heat with a lid on. Blend the mixture until it becomes smooth, then pour it back into the pot with the beef. Simmer the beef and sauce on low heat for 3-4 hours or until the beef shreds apart easily.


Mexican Shredded Beef recipe
Credit: Brian Humiston

What is Mexican Shredded Beef?

Mexican shredded beef is a flavorful and tender beef dish that is slow-cooked until it’s easily pulled apart or shredded. It’s typically seasoned with a variety of spices and cooked with other ingredients to enhance its taste and texture.

What dishes can I make with Shredded Beef?

  • Tacos: Serve the shredded beef in warm corn tortillas with your favorite toppings like salsa, guacamole, and shredded cheese.
  • Burritos: Wrap the shredded beef in large flour tortillas with rice, beans, and other fillings of your choice.
  • Enchiladas: Use the shredded beef as a filling for enchiladas, roll them up in corn tortillas, cover with sauce, and bake.
  • Quesadillas: Stuff flour tortillas with shredded beef and cheese, then cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy.

Best cuts for making Mexican Shredded Beef

The best cuts of beef for this recipe are usually tougher cuts that benefit from long, slow cooking, which helps break down the connective tissue and makes the meat tender. These cuts include chuck roast, beef brisket, and beef shoulder.

Mexican Shredded Beef recipe
Credit: Brian Humiston

How to store leftovers

Keep leftovers in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Remember to label the container with the date for easy tracking of freshness. When reheating, use a microwave or stovetop, adding a bit of liquid (broth or water) to prevent it from drying out.

Mexican Shredded Beef recipe
Credit: Brian Humiston

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