Beef Short Rib Birria Recipe

1 hour 15 minutes


Beef short rib birria

  • 2kg beef short rib
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 7 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 70ml of soy sauce
  • 70ml of ketchup
  • 130g of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 dried chipotle chillies
  • 5 dried porcini mushrooms
  • 440ml of porter, or other dark beer
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of oil, or lard

Black beans

  • 1 tin of black beans, drained
  • 1 sprig of marjoram
  • 300ml of chicken stock, good quality
  • 1 tsp salt
  • sesame seeds, a mixture of black and white

To serve

  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 16 corn tortillas


To begin, cover the short ribs in salt and set aside
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil or lard in a frying pan over a medium heat and when hot, add the short ribs. You want to sear the ribs on all sides to obtain a deeply caramelised surface
Heat another tablespoon of oil or lard in an ovenproof casserole dish. Once hot, add the onions and leeks and cook down for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for 3–4 minutes then add the soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, star anise, chipotles, mushrooms and beer
Cook uncovered for 30 minutes over a low heat, then add the short ribs to the pot. If there seems to be too little liquid to cover the ribs, add some water
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Place the lid on the casserole dish and cook the short ribs for 3–4 hours. You’ll know when the ribs are cooked when you can take a teaspoon and scoop some meat off the ribs
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool, transfer the ribs to a tray and place the casserole back over a medium heat to reduce the sauce for another 20 minutes or so to make the glaze – you’re looking for a sauce that will thickly coat the back of a spoon
Add the beans, marjoram and chicken stock to a small pan and bring to a gentle boil. Continue to boil for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then to avoid sticking. Transfer to a bowl a sprinkle with the sesame seeds
Meanwhile, warm up some tortillas using a dry pan and wrap in a moist tea towel to keep warm
When the glaze is ready, return the ribs to the sauce, rib-side down, and serve in the dish
Place all the elements on the table and dig in, building each taco with some black beans sprinkled sliced short rib, coriander and a squeeze of lime