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Easy Chicken Birria Queso Tacos Recipe – Authentic Mexican Flavors

If you are looking for an Easy Chicken Birria Queso Taco Recipe for your next Taco Tuesday, this recipe is for you. Experience the rich and savory taste of traditional Mexican cuisine right at home with this easy-to-follow Chicken Birria Queso Tacos recipe. A special thanks to my dear friend Rosalina and her mom Rosa, who introduced me to this delightful birria sauce, now a beloved staple in my kitchen.

Easy Chicken Birria Queso Tacos

Ingredients for Birria Sauce:

  • 4 dried guajillo chiles

  • 4 dried ancho chiles

  • 4 dried arbol chiles (add more for extra spice)

  • 2 roma tomatoes, quartered (or one 8 oz can of diced tomatoes)

  • 1 medium onion, halved

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • ½ inch piece of cinnamon stick

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (or ¼ teaspoon ground cumin)

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)

  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 2 cups of broth (any kind)

For the Chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken

  • 2 cups broth (any kind)

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Additional Ingredients:

  • Corn tortillas

  • Your favorite cheese (sharp cheddar recommended)

  • A bunch of cilantro

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Chicken:

    • Place the whole chicken in a slow cooker.

    • Add 2 cups of broth and season with chili powder, black pepper, and garlic powder.

    • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours until fully cooked.

    • Remove from the cooker, shred, and refrigerate.

  2. Make the Birria Sauce:

    • Transfer the juices from the slow cooker to a pot on the stove.

    • Add the chiles, tomatoes, onion, garlic, spices, and remaining broth.

    • Bring to a rapid boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.

    • Remove the cinnamon stick and bay leaf.

    • Blend the cooked ingredients until smooth, return to the pot, and simmer on low for 3 hours with the lid slightly ajar.

  3. Assemble the Tacos:

    • Heat the shredded chicken in a pan with about ½ cup of birria sauce to warm.

    • Dip tortillas in the birria sauce, then in a separate pan, melt cheese on each tortilla.

    • Add the warm chicken, fold the tacos, and pan-fry each side until crispy.

    • Serve with extra sauce and fresh cilantro on top.


Enjoy these flavorful Chicken Birria Queso Tacos, bursting with authentic Mexican flavors. Perfect for any meal, these tacos promise a delicious and unforgettable dining experience. Dip each taco into birria sauce for extra zest and enjoy!

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