These Pork Birria Tacos dish has pork butt, vegetable umami, onion, garlic, mozzarella and corn tortillas.
Birria Tacos were traditionally made with lamb meat but have rapidly become more popular in the US and has developed a new twist. The “new Birria Tacos” are now made with all kinds of meat. They are cooked using the pork fat and served with the stew that the meat was cooked in. These tacos are so tasty and I used vegetable umami by Yondu which gave the dish a flavorful savory kick, although you can totally use chicken bouillon instead.
- Pork Shoulder
- Red ONion
- Yondu or bouillon cube
- Onion Powder
- Mexican Oregano
- Whole Cloves
- Bay leaves
- Corn Tortillas
See recipe card for quantities.
Heat a cup of water and stir in the vegetable umami or chicken bouillon until dissolved and well combined. Set aside.
Cook the meat. Place the pork, onion, garlic, cumin, onion powder, oregano, crushed cloves, water/bouillon or umami mixture, and bay leaves in your pressure cooker, stir, cover, and pressure cook on high for 1 hour and let it naturally release. Alternatively, you can cook in a slow cooker on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
Separate the meat and the liquid. Open your pressure cooker/slow cooker and with a spoon, take out the fatty liquid that is on the surface of the stew and place about ½ cup into a bowl. Reserve the fatty liquid to cook the tacos. With tongs, take out the meat and place on a plate or shallow bowl and shred. Place the rest of the liquid in small separate bowls.
Make the tacos. Spray a medium pan on medium heat with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop some fatty liquid with a spoon and place about 1-2 tablespoons in the pan. Place the tortilla on the pan and cook on both sides, making sure the liquid gets on both sides. The tortillas will turn soggy. The longer you cook the more crispy they become. Place the meat and cheese on the tortilla and fold to form a taco. Flip the taco to the other side until the taco becomes crispy, about 3 more minutes.
Serve. Serve the tacos with a bowl of the stew and garnish with cilantro.
Hint: Make sure to pressure cook the full time and let it naturally release.
Pork: You can use any tough pork cut meat, like pork shoulder or pork butt. These shred very well.
Onion: I used red onion for this recipe, although you can use yellow or white. The red onion is the more traditional onion to use though.
Garlic: For best quality results, use fresh garlic. You can always use garlic from the jar although it is less fresh that way.
Cilantro: Some people have a love/hate relationship with cilantro. I love adding cilantro into the filling of the zucchini as it gives it such a nice kick. You could always use chopped green onion or scallions if you prefer.
Cheese: You will need a cheese that melts easily, like mozzarella cheese. In Mexico, the traditional cheese used for melting (like quesadillas) is Oaxaca cheese. This type of cheese can be more difficult to find, so mozzarella cheese can do the trick.
Tortillas: You can buy store-bought tortillas or try making my Vegan Flour Tortillas. If you have a gas stovetop, I like to place the tortillas directly on the burner and warm them there so give them a nice char.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add chopped jalapeno or chili powder.
- Deluxe - add guacamole and use corn or flour tortilla.
- Kid friendly - add crushed tortilla chips.
Check out this MEXICAN PICADILLO on my site as well.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
I love using my Instant Pot to cook tough meats like this.
This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
Use an I love using my Instant Pot to cook tough meats. You can also use a dutch oven.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove