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October 4, 2022

Lamb Birria


Recipe Provided By
"Platings and Pairings"
lamb birria


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless leg of American lamb or lamb shoulder, (trimmed of excess fat), (cut into 1 1/2" pieces)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, (diced)
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups salsa (any style you prefer)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Light beer (12 ounces)
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, (minced)
  • Hot sauce, to taste (optional)

Lime Crema:

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, (minced)
  • 1 lime, (zested and juiced)
  • Salt, to taste

For Serving:

  • Cooked Rice
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Red Onions
  • Lime Wedges
  • Hot Sauce


Season the lamb with salt and pepper.

In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, add the oil over and heat over medium-high heat.

Add half the lamb and brown it, taking care not to overcrowd the pot. Set the browned lamb aside on a plate. Repeat with the remaining lamb.

Add the onion to the empty pot and sauté until softened, 4-5 minutes.

Stir in the chipotles, garlic powder, cumin and oregano and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.

Add the salsa, stock and beer. Return the lamb to the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes. Stir in cilantro and hot sauce, if desired.

USDA recommends lamb reach a minimum internal temperature of 145F with a 3-minute rest period.

While the stew simmers, make the “lime crema”.  Combine sour cream, cilantro, lime zest and juice, and garlic. Season with salt, to taste.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To Serve:

Serve with rice, red onions, cilantro and a dollop of the lime crema.

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