Quesabirria tacos, with their tantalizing blend of savory meat, melted cheese, and flavorful consommé, have taken the culinary world by storm, quickly becoming a favorite among food enthusiasts seeking a mouthwatering and satisfying meal. Originating from the state of Jalisco in Mexico, this dish is a testament to the country’s rich culinary heritage and its ability to innovate and captivate taste buds around the globe. Crafting homemade Quesabirria tacos offers a delightful opportunity to not only savor authentic Mexican flavors but also to embark on a culinary adventure in the comfort of your own kitchen.

At the heart of Quesabirria tacos lies the succulent and tender beef, traditionally prepared using cuts such as chuck roast or brisket. Slow-cooked to perfection with a medley of aromatic spices, including cumin, garlic, and chili powder, the meat boasts a depth of flavor that is simply irresistible. This meticulous cooking process allows the meat to become infused with the rich essence of the spices, ensuring each bite is a culinary delight.

However, it’s the addition of the melted cheese that elevates Quesabirria tacos to new heights of indulgence. As the beef simmers in its flavorful broth, a generous portion of cheese, typically Oaxaca or Monterey Jack, is added to the mix, resulting in a decadent fusion of meaty goodness and gooey, melted cheese. The cheese not only adds a luscious creaminess to the tacos but also helps bind the ingredients together, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavors.

Equally important to the Quesabirria experience is the consommé, a rich and flavorful broth that serves as both a dipping sauce and a complement to the tacos. Made from the juices released during the slow cooking process, along with additional spices and aromatics, the consommé boasts a robust flavor profile that perfectly balances the richness of the meat and cheese. Each spoonful of this savory elixir is a revelation, offering a symphony of tastes that dance on the palate.

While Quesabirria tacos have gained widespread popularity in recent years, there’s something undeniably special about preparing them from scratch in the comfort of your own kitchen. Not only does homemade Quesabirria allow for a greater degree of customization, allowing you to tailor the flavors to your liking, but it also offers a sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from creating a delicious meal from start to finish. Whether enjoyed as a hearty dinner or served up as a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next gathering, homemade Quesabirria tacos are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who taste them.

Home Made Quesabirria Tacos

For the Birria:
1 pound lean beef stew meat, trimmed of excess fat
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups beef broth, low-sodium
For the Consommé:
2 cups beef broth, low-sodium
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
For the Tacos:
8 small corn tortillas
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese
1 onion, finely chopped
Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
Lime wedges (for serving)
Prepare the Birria:
In a slow cooker, combine beef stew meat, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaves, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Pour in 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender and can be easily shredded.
Make the Consommé:
In a saucepan, heat 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth, chopped cilantro, and lime juice. Bring to a simmer.
Shred the Meat:
Remove the beef from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.
Assemble the Tacos:
Heat the corn tortillas. On each tortilla, place a portion of shredded beef and a sprinkle of reduced-fat shredded cheese.
Fold into Quesadillas:
Fold the tortillas in half, creating quesadilla-style tacos.
Cook the Tacos:
In a skillet over medium heat, cook each taco until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Serve with Consommé:
Serve the Quesabirria Tacos with a side of the consommé for dipping.
Garnish and Enjoy:
Top the tacos with finely chopped onion, fresh cilantro, and serve with lime wedges.
Smart Points Information:
The Smart Points value will depend on the specific ingredients and brands used. Be sure to calculate the points based on your W/W plan and the ingredients you choose.
Enjoy your W/W Quesabirria Tacos, a lighter take on this popular dish!