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Sunday Slow Cooker:  Birria de Res

One of my favorite Mexican dishes is Birria de Res, a stewed spicy beef dish made with dried chiles. Normally it is only served on weekend and sometimes made with beef, goat, or lamb. Serve it up in tortillas, burritos, burrito bowls, or even stuffed in sandwiches for a delicious meal.

Crockpot Birria de Res
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 4 oz
Nutritional Info: 232 calories, 7.5g of fat, 3.2g of carbohydrates, .8g of fiber, 36g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *


  • 2 lbs. beef roast, lean
  • 3 dried guajillos
  • 2 dried pasilla chiles
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped


  1. Heat the dried chiles in a heavy sauce pan for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and puffing up. Add the chicken broth (or water) to the saucepan, turn off the heat, and cover for 30 minutes.
  2. Seed and devein the chiles, saving the water. Add the chiles, water, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, pepper, and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the sauce and meat the slow cooker. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. Shred with 2 forks.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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8 Response to Sunday Slow Cooker: Birria de Res

  1. Kristine on October 7, 2013

    This sounds really delicious. Can you tell me where I can purchase dried chili’s in the recipe and also do you turn off the heat after you add the chicken broth or let the chili’s simmer for 30 minutes? Thank you.

    • Kristen on October 8, 2013

      I am able to find dried chiles in the Mexican/Latin aisle of my grocery store. If you can’t find them there, I would try Amazon. Yes, turn off the heat after adding the broth.

  2. Kristine on October 7, 2013

    Sorry…forgot one other thing. Do you chop the tomatoes? Are they fresh or canned?

    • Kristen on October 8, 2013

      Yes – chop the tomatoes. I used fresh but you could use canned tomatoes instead if that is what you have or you can’t find good tomatoes.

  3. Spinem on October 7, 2013

    Wiping the drool from my lower lip….OMG these look yummy!! Can you tell me: 1. Did you use fresh or canned tomatoes and do they need to be chopped? 2. Do you simmer the chili’s in the chicken broth or turn off the heat for the 30 minutes? 3. Where can I find the dried chili’s you used in your recipe? Do I need to find a Mexican/Latin store? Thanks for all you do!!

  4. Marty on December 9, 2013

    My husband LOVES birria. Do you add the Chiles, tomatoes, cumin….to the blender? One suggestion add two bay leaves to crock pot. Definitely trying this recipe.

  5. Jessica on August 30, 2014

    I loved this!! I added the bay leaves and omg the taste is on point. I thought the lack of onion would make it taste different but no, it tastes like any other birria I’ve had before, but better! I also used knorr chicken bulion since I forgot to get the chicken broth and I didn’t not have to add any salt to the dish. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Liz on November 2, 2014

    This beef recipe sounds nice and easy too. Thank you.


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