Give your Birria tacos a twist with this crazy delicious Lamb Birria! Bursting with flavor and texture—this Lamb Birria tacos recipe is a must-try for taco lovers! This is a crowd pleasing recipe that you’ll be making on repeat—Full guide and VIDEO below.
In a blender add all the marinade ingredients along with the soaked chillies
Blend until smooth.
Coat the meat with the blender sauce in a large bowl and marinate or proceed with the recipe. You can marinate the lamb for upto 12 hours.
To make the birria stew: sautee the onions with the oil until soft and tanslucent
You can use an instant pot or large stovetop pan for this recipe.
Once the onions are ready, add in the lamb and sauce mixture all at once.
Add to that the whole spices and stock. Now bring the stew to a boil and then cook on medium heat
For instant pot --select pressure high and cook for 40 minutes--depdning on the size of your shanks, you may need 50 minutes.
For stove top -- cover the pot and cook for 1 hour and 24 minutes-2 hours depending on the sizeo of your shanks.
If you want to bake the birria in the oven (no stove top option) -- place all ingredients with onions in an oven safe dish and cover the dish with foil. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour and half.
The stew is ready when the meat comes out tender. Remove the meat from the sauce and reserve the sauce in a bowl.
Take the lamb shanks and use a fork to shred them into fine shreds on a wooden board.
Add the meat to bowl along with 3 ladles of the reserved sauce to flavor up the lamb for stuffing the tacos.
Make the tacos: Dip each tortilla into the reserved sauce to flavor it up. Make sure to quickly dip and remove the tortilla and always work with one tortilla at a time.
In a heavy duty skillet, place the tortilla in to the pan and add cheese over half of the tortilla. Then Add the lamb meat over the cheese and fold over the tortilla to make the tacos shape.
flip the tacos and allow it to sear on both sides a total of 5 minutes until crisp.
Garnish the tacos with cilantros and jalapeños
For the dipping sauce : take 2 cups of the reserved birria stew sauce and add in chopped onions, jalapeno (optional) and remaining cilantro.
Dip the lamb birria tacos in the dipping sauce and ENJOY!
Lamb Birria TIPS + Q&A
Use American lamb always for the best tasting and freshest lamb you can find!
You an use any cut of lamb —shoulder works well, boneless leg of lamb and chops. However you may need to adjust cooking times.
Guajillo chillies are a classic taste in birria tacos, so don’t skip them!
If using an instant pot — You’ll be cooking the lamb on high for 45 minutes.
Stove top cooking will be doubled.
If you prefer roasting the lamb shanks with the sauce, just add the onions to the sauce and roast at 400 degrees for nearly 2 hours (covered with foil).
You can also slow cook the lamb birria.
When ready, make sure you reserve the stew sauce as you’ll be using it to make the birria tacos.
The orange coloured birria tacos are achieved by dipping tortillas in the sauce before searing and filling.
Swap the cheese for your favorite.
What do Birria tacos taste like?
Birria tacos have a unique taste which is why people can't get enough of them. They’re not too spicy (which is great because you can then add more if you’d like). They’re rather smoky, tangy, savoury and so very juicy! The tortilla is smothered in the sauce and then fried on the griddle until nice and crispy.
How are birria tacos crunchy?
Crunchy and crispy tacos are made by pan searing the tortillas on both sides until golden. The tortillas are soaked in the sauce before searing so they crips up even more when seared.
What is birria dipping sauce made of?
The dipping sauce is made from dried chilies, chipotle, onion, tomatoes, and spices and it’s basically the stew sauce you’ve made! It’s simply delicious!
Can you freeze lamb Birria tacos?
YES! I always make plenty and freeze the cooked lamb meat separately and the sauce separately. Then I simply defrost and assemble fresh lamb birria tacos on demand!