Birria beef tacos

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Birria beef tacos

500g sirloin steak, or short ribs
500g beef shank
Salt and black pepper

For the marinade:
2 dried guajillo chilli peppers
200g chipotle peppers
50ml red wine vinegar
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin

For the sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
Beef stock, (or chicken, to cover)

To assemble:
small Corn tortilla wraps
80g cheddar cheese, grated
80g mozzarella, grated
1 onion, chopped
1bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  1. Pour boiling water over the dried guajillo peppers and allow to soak for 15 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, season both the steak and the shank with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Add the marinade ingredients to a blender. When the peppers are done soaking, discard the stem and seeds and add the peppers to the blender.
  3. Blend the marinade into a smooth paste. Marinate the meats for a minimum of two hours, or overnight if possible.
  4. Heat a large pot over a medium heat. Add the oil, then sauté the onions until soft and translucent.
  5. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves and the meat from the marinade to the pot. Increase the heat, cover with stock and bring to the boil. Leave to bubble away on high for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat and cook over a low heat for four hours; this step can also be done in a slow cooker.
  6. Leave to cool slightly, then transfer the meat to a chopping board and use two forks to shred it into chunks. Set the meat aside and discard the bones.
  7. To assemble, dip the tortillas in the sauce left from cooking and lay them flat. Fill one half with the shredded beef and top with a mix of cheddar and mozzarella. Fold the other half over, then fry the taco in a non-stick pan over a medium heat for two minutes on each side.
  8. Serve with onion and chopped coriander, and extra sauce for dipping.

Per serving: 462kcals, 17.7g fat (5.7g saturated), 16.4g carbs (4.8g sugars), 57.7g protein, 3g fibre, 0.498g sodium