Beef Birria Sliders

Tender and juicy sliders using my authentic beef birria recipe! These beef birria sliders are covered in a layer of melty cheese, toasted in the oven, and then topped with cilantro, jalapeño, pickled red onion, and a squeeze of lime.

Beef Birria Sliders

I’ve made a lot of sliders in my days as a food blogger and I have my favorites, like the Popeye’s Spicy Sandwich Sliders, Brisket Elote Sliders, and Honey Mustard Chicken BLT Sliders. I feel cliche saying, “this one is my favorite”. But guys, these beef birria sliders are unlocking a new level of sandwich we never knew we needed.

These sliders are absolutely out of this world phenomenal. The toasty sweet slider buns, the melty cheese, and tender juicy beef all dipped in the consommé. You’ll be on cloud nine!

I chose slider sized sandwiches because we love a finger foods on the table, especially for football Sundays. But you can also make these into large sandwiches on toasted brioche buns. 

Beef Birria Sliders

What Ingredients Do You Need For Easy Beef Birria Sliders?

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to create this delicious and easy beef birria sliders recipe at home for your family and friends:

  1. Beef – 2.5-3 lbs. beef chuck roast + 2 lb. beef short ribs
  2. Chilies – 6-8 dried Guajillo peppers (stems removed) + canned chipotles in adobo
  3. Onion & lots of garlic – I used about 10 cloves of garlic for this recipe and a large white onion
  4. Dried seasonings – bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, clove, oregano, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt and pepper
  5. Tomato paste – adds rich flavor tomatoey flavor without the additional liquid from tomatoes
  6. Apple cider vinegar – this adds moisture and aids in tenderizing the meat. It also adds a little sweet acidity too.
  7. Beef stock – this is the base liquid for the consommé we will create
  8. Hawaiian Sliders – I used a 9-pack of the Kings Hawaiian Sliders but you can use the 12-count dinner rolls also.
  9. Cheese – grab a melty cheese like shredded Oaxaca (waa-haa-kuh) or quesadilla cheese, mozzarella, monterey jack, etc.
  10. Toppings – lime wedges, diced red onion, chopped cilantro, diced jalapeno
  11. Oil – for searing meat

Beef Birria Sliders

How to Make Beef Birria Sliders:

In just a few easy steps you can have these warm and tender sandwiches on your dinner table tonight. Be sure to review the full detailed recipe down below on the recipe card.

Step 1: Make the Birria 

Using either a slow cooker, Instant Pot, or pot on the stove (all instructions are listed in my recipe card below), we’ll start by browning the meat, sautéing the aromatics, then cooking the meat until it’s fork tender.

Step 2: Toast Slider Buns

Get our slider buns toasted up until light brown, add cheese to both sides of the sliders and broil again until slightly melted.

Step 3: Assemble Sliders

Pile high with shredded birria, distributing it evenly among the sliders. Top the meat with a little more cheese and broil until it’s all melted. Then finally we will add our fresh toppings – chopped cilantro, squeezes of lime, diced jalapeño, pickled red onions. Place the top buns on, slice and serve with birria consommé for dipping. 

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Three Ways to Make Beef Birria

In my original Beef Birria Tacos recipe, I list detailed instructions on the different cooking methods for making birria. You can check that out here.

Make Beef Birria in a Slow Cooker

 

Use an Instant Pot 

 

On the Stove

Beef Birria Sliders

How to Easily Pickle Red Onions

You can marinate your red onions in a quick pikcling liquid while the beef cooks.

Here is what you’ll need:

1 large red onion
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar (my grandma swore Heinz was the best)
1/4 cup of water
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or sweetener of choice)

Here are the quick and easy steps:

You can use the stove top instead of a microwave, but for simplicity, I prefer a quick spin in the micro to melt the sugar into the pickling mixture.

  1. Combine the mixture into a large bowl and stir until incorporated. Heat in the microwave until the sugar has dissolved, about 45 seconds.
  2. Thinly slice or dice red onions. 
  3. Add the onions into the pickling liquid, making sure they are all covered. 
  4. Let them sit for at least 30 minutes.

It’s that simple! Any unused pickled red onions can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container. I like to use mason jars. 

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Click Here For All My Methods for Cooking Beef Birria 

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Beef Birria Sliders (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Dutch Oven)

Super tender beef birria that's packed with out-of-this-world flavor is turned into sliders (instead of the popular birria tacos). These toasty sliders are piled high with tender shredded beef birria, covered in layers of melty cheese under the broiler. Then we add pickled red onions, diced jalapeno, chopped cilantro and squeezes of lime.
Don't be alarmed by the length of these instructions. This recipe is EASY to make, there are just a few steps with browning the meat, sauteing the veggies, etc. It takes about 1.5 hours to pull together but it's very worth it!
One pro-tip is the make the beef birria a day ahead of when you wish to serve the sliders. Store the beef in the juice so it reheats together and stays tender.
**See recipe notes for detailed instructions on how to make beef birria in a slow cooker or on the stovetop.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: birria taco, latin, mexican food, tacos
Servings: 12 sliders (plus extra meat leftover)
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

Birria & Consommé

  • 2.5 - 3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs
  • vegetable oil
  • 6-8 dried Guajillo peppers stems removed
  • 3 canned chipotles in adobo + all the sauce from the can
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 10 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano, ideally mexican oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups beef stock chicken stock can also be subbed
  • salt + pepper to tenderize the meat + more for the sauce

Slider Toppings

  • 1 pack Kings Hawaiian 9-pack Sweet Sliders OR 12-pack Sweet Dinner Rolls
  • 3/4 lb. Oaxaca cheese, sliced or shredded quesadilla cheese, mozzarella, monterey jack, pepper jack, etc.
  • 1/3 cup pickled red onions raw red onions work too
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced finely
  • lime wedges

Instructions

Make The Birria (Instant Pot)

  • Liberally season all sides of your chuck roast and short ribs with salt (kosher ideal but any salt works) and pepper.
  • Start with saute mode on, add the dried chilies directly to the pot and toast them for a few minutes on both sides, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove and set aside, leaving the seeds in the pot.
  • While still on saute mode add oil, then the short ribs. Cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes to sear. Rotate and repeat until all sides are seared brown. Remove and set aside, then repeat with the chuck roast, adding additional dash of oil to the pot if necessary. Remove the roast and set aside.
  • Still on saute mode, add the garlic and onions. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. To the onions and garlic, add seasonings, tomato paste, and chipotles in adobo and cook until onions start to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the beef stock and apple cider vinegar, and loosen up any brown bits from the meat and onions on the bottom of the pan, they will impart lots of flavor to this base. Add the short ribs and chuck roast back into the pot. Add a little more stock if needed so liquid comes half way up the roast.
  • Pressure cook for 75 minutes (add 15 minutes more for each additional half pound of meat), then use the steam release. Beef is ready when it shreds with no resistence. Once it’s finished cooking, use tongs to carefully remove the meat and place into a large heat-safe bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes then shred.
  • Strain the solids out of the sauce by placing a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Toss the solids and reserve sauce for dipping. Remove the excess fat from the sauce by tapping the surface of the sauce with a folded paper towels until it absorbs most the fat. This may take a few passes with new paper towels.
  • Taste your sauce and add the salt, about 2-4 pinches is usually needed.

Assemble Sliders

  • Turn oven to broil. Separate top and bottom slider buns, place on a pan and broil until light brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Spread an even layer of cheese on the top and bottom buns, then broil again for another minute or two until cheese starts to melt.
  • Pile the bottom buns high with shredded beef, spreading it evenly among the buns. You may have some meat left over. Optionally, top the meat with extra cheese. Return to the broiler for another few minutes until cheese is fully melted.
  • Top the sliders with chopped cilantro, pickled or raw red onions, diced jalapeno, and squeeze over a few wedges of lime. Serve these sliders warm with a side of birria consommé for dipping.

Notes

 Slow Cooker Instructions:
Step 1: Use a large pan or pot over medium-high heat. Add the dried chilies directly to the pot and toast them for a few minutes on both sides, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove and set aside, leaving the seeds in the pot.
Step 2: Add oil and sear the short ribs. Cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes to sear. Rotate and repeat until all sides are seared brown. Remove and set aside, then repeat with the chuck roast, adding additional dash of oil to the pot if necessary. Remove the roast and set aside.
Step 3: Turn the heat down to medium, add the garlic and onions. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. To the onions and garlic, add seasonings, tomato paste, and chipotles in adobo and cook until onions start to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the beef stock and apple cider vinegar, and loosen up any brown bits from the meat and onions on the bottom of the pan, they will impart lots of flavor to this base.
Step 4: Carefully pour this mixture into a slow cooker. Then nestle in the seared short ribs and chuck roast. If needed, add a little more liquid so it comes about half way up the height of the meat. Cook on low for about 8 hours or until meat is tender and shreds without resistance. I like to check at the ~6 hour mark to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Once it’s finished cooking, use tongs to carefully remove the meat and place into a large heat-safe bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes then shred.
Continue instructions above starting in Step 7. 

Stovetop Instructions
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat (I use 6-7 quart). Add the dried chilies directly to the pot and toast them for a few minutes on both sides, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove and set aside, leaving the seeds in the pot.
Step 2: Add oil and sear the short ribs. Cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes to sear. Rotate and repeat until all sides are seared brown. Remove and set aside, then repeat with the chuck roast, adding additional dash of oil to the pot if necessary. Remove the roast and set aside.
Step 3: Turn the heat down to medium, add the garlic and onions. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. To the onions and garlic, add seasonings, tomato paste, and chipotles in adobo and cook until onions start to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the beef stock and apple cider vinegar, and loosen up any brown bits from the meat and onions on the bottom of the pan, they will impart lots of flavor to this base. Then nestle in the seared short ribs and chuck roast. If needed, add a little more liquid so it comes about half way up the height of the meat.
Step 4: Cover the dutch oven with a lid and carefully transfer to the pre-heated oven and cook for about 2.5-3 hours or until the meat easily shreds without resistance. I like to start checking it every 30 minutes at the 2 hour mark to be on the safe side. Once it’s finished cooking, use tongs to carefully remove the meat and place into a large heat-safe bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes then shred.
Continue instructions above starting in Step 7. 
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4 Comments

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    Ron
    September 30, 2023 at 2:29 am Help! I'm making this Sunday, when do you reintroduce the dried peppers?! Thanks!
     
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      badbatch
      September 30, 2023 at 5:55 am Thank you for finding this error. The dried peppers should be added back after the stock and vinegar go in. Just wedge them into the liquid and they’ll be tossed out with all other solids once the beef is fully cooked. I will get the recipe updated tomorrow.
       
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    Maggie Mineo
    November 19, 2023 at 10:41 pm When do you introduce the chili powder, coriander, cinnamon stick etc .., no I. See a lot of seasonings but don’t see anywhere in recipe they are used
     
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      badbatch
      November 21, 2023 at 10:30 pm In step 4 is says "add seasonings" which would apply to all seasonings - chili powder, cinnamon, coriander, etc.
       

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