Guest Post: Slow Cooker Mexican Birria (spicy lamb stew). By South Beach Primal

Spicy Lamb Guest Post…

Rachel from South Beach Primal writes:

I can’t even tell you how excited and honored I am to do my first EVER guest post here on PaleoPot.

Jason and I talked about this months ago and I’ve been trying to think of a crock pot dish that was both
characteristic of my style as well as different from my own basic crock pot meals I’ve posted in the past.
I ended up making Birria for my mom on Mother’s day for the first time and knew as soon as I tasted
it that this would be the winning dish for you all. Birria is a Mexican stew made of lamb or goat using
a base of toasted dried chilies and stock. Traditionally it is served with corn tortillas, but I love it over
cauliflower rice or with a side of baked yuca fries.
I think the earthy taste of the chilies pair well with the gaminess of lamb. This dish is often served for
special occasions in Mexico; Mother’s Day being one of them. Because I love the spicy chili broth so
much, I strain it and freeze it to flavor other soups and sauces.

What you Need:

  • 3-4 lbs lamb shoulder and neck bones (for stew)
  •  4 guajillo chilies
  •  3 ancho chilies
  •  4 arbol chilies
  •  1 can diced tomatoes
  •  3 cups chicken stock
  •  1 white onion, sliced
  •  8 oz white mushrooms, quartered
  •  6 garlic cloves, minced
  •  2 tbsp vinegar
  •  2 tsp oregano
  •  1 tsp black pepper
  •  1 tsp salt
  •  1 tsp thyme
  •  ½ tsp cinnamon
  •  ½ tsp cumin
  •  Chopped cilantro (garnish)

How you Make It:

1.) Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
2.) At the same time, heat a skillet over medium heat. 
3.) Cut off the stems from each of the chilies and remove the seeds and veins. 
4.) Toast the chilies in the skillet for 5 minutes. 
5.) Submerge the chilies in the boiling water and immediately turn off the stove. Soak them for 20


6.) Puree the chilies, 2 cups of chicken stock, and can of tomatoes in a blender.

7.) Layer the bottom of your crock pot with the lamb meat and bones. Cover with sliced onions, the

chili puree, garlic and spices. Add the remaining 1 cup of chicken stock and vinegar.

8.) Cook on low for 8-10 hours

9.) When there are 3 hours remaining, add the chopped mushrooms and stir the stew.

10.)Serve in a bowl over cauliflower rice or accompanied by yucca fries. Garnish with cilantro.

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  1. Ericka Razo says:

    At my house, we also add bay leaf and sesame seeds.

    1. Rachel M says:

      Wow sesame seeds sound pretty interesting. I’ll have to try that next time!

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