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Smoky Birria Marinade

Birria Marinade

Birria is a spicy, rich Mexican stew that’s traditionally made with goat meat and there are endless Birria Recipe. It’s full of chiles, spices, and the process takes hours to prepare. But if you don’t have goat? No problem! You can still make this super delicious dish by using beef instead of goat and making your own Beef Birria marinade instead.

Birria Marinade

What is Birria Marinade?

Birria marinade is a sauce that consists of dried chiles, herbs, and spices used for slowcooking meats simmered for hours until tender.

This version is a non-spicy simple version that you can freeze and use for making your favorite Birria recipe.

Birria Chiles

What kind of chiles to use for Birria Marinade?

There are several varieties of chiles that can be used for this marinade, but the two most important are chile guajillo and chile ancho. The chile guajillo has a milder flavor and is easier to find than the chile ancho; however, it can be substituted with any other dried red chiles.

The chile ancho is just poblano peppers dried has a darker color and much more intense flavor, which makes it ideal for this dish since birria is already quite spicy on its own. n’t end up running out!

What do you need to make Birria Marinade?

To make this Birria recipe, you need:

  • Chiles:  chile Guagillo and chile Ancho
  • Lots of tomatoes
  • Aromatics: Garlic, onions Onions
  • Spices: Cinnamon, black pepper, cummin, etc.

Birria Marinade

What can you make with Birria Marinade

The versatility of Birria Marinade makes it a great option for a variety of dishes. Think Birria recipe! You can use it to make tacos, burritos and quesadillas; soups and stews; rice and beans; and of course as a marinade for your favorite meat of meat substitute!

I hope you enjoy this Birria marinade and make some Birria Recipe. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Birria Marinade

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A smoky, spicy, reduced chile spice blend perfect for meats.
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  • 8 tomatoes
  • 1 spanish yellow onion
  • 15 garlic gloves
  • 5 chiles Ancho
  • 9 chile Guajillo
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 4 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Deseed chiles. Cut dried chiles open with scissors to remove seeds.
    Birria Chiles
  • In a dutch oven add quartered tomatoes, quartered onions, garlic cloves, chiles ancho, chiles guajillo, peppercorns, cumin, oregano, thyme, cinnamon and cook on high heat for ~10 min to bloom spices, cook tomatoes and soften chiles.
    Birria Marinade
  • Add white vinegar and 4 cups of water and boil for ~10 min.
  • In a blender, add the boiled birria ingredients with the water and purΓ©e until smooth.
  • Once cold, transfer to glass jars and store in freezer
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