Beef short rib birria tacos with black beans and chipotle jus

4
1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Beef short rib birria

  • 2kg beef short rib
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 7 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 70ml of soy sauce
  • 70ml of ketchup
  • 130g of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 dried chipotle chillies
  • 5 dried porcini mushrooms
  • 440ml of porter, or other dark beer
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of oil, or lard

Black beans

  • 1 tin of black beans, drained
  • 1 sprig of marjoram
  • 300ml of chicken stock, good quality
  • 1 tsp salt
  • sesame seeds, a mixture of black and white

To serve

  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 16 corn tortillas

Method

1
To begin, cover the short ribs in salt and set aside
2
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil or lard in a frying pan over a medium heat and when hot, add the short ribs. You want to sear the ribs on all sides to obtain a deeply caramelised surface
3
Heat another tablespoon of oil or lard in an ovenproof casserole dish. Once hot, add the onions and leeks and cook down for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for 3–4 minutes then add the soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, star anise, chipotles, mushrooms and beer
4
Cook uncovered for 30 minutes over a low heat, then add the short ribs to the pot. If there seems to be too little liquid to cover the ribs, add some water
5
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
6
Place the lid on the casserole dish and cook the short ribs for 3–4 hours. You’ll know when the ribs are cooked when you can take a teaspoon and scoop some meat off the ribs
7
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool, transfer the ribs to a tray and place the casserole back over a medium heat to reduce the sauce for another 20 minutes or so to make the glaze – you’re looking for a sauce that will thickly coat the back of a spoon
8
Add the beans, marjoram and chicken stock to a small pan and bring to a gentle boil. Continue to boil for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then to avoid sticking. Transfer to a bowl a sprinkle with the sesame seeds
9
Meanwhile, warm up some tortillas using a dry pan and wrap in a moist tea towel to keep warm
10
When the glaze is ready, return the ribs to the sauce, rib-side down, and serve in the dish
11
Place all the elements on the table and dig in, building each taco with some black beans sprinkled sliced short rib, coriander and a squeeze of lime