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Where can I find a recipe for Mexican birria?

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FoodNetwork.com and Saveur.com each have a recipe for Mexican birria. Saveur adapted its recipe from an authentic dish that takes over four hours to make, but Food Network's recipe only takes two hours.

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To make Food Network's recipe, roast four guajillo chiles and four ancho chiles, chill them in cold water for 20 minutes, and puree the chiles with 1 cup warm water in a blender. In a deep Dutch oven, add 1 pound of cubed top round, 1 pound of cubed baby back ribs, 1 cup of hot water, 1 quartered onion, and 6 garlic cloves. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 hour. Add the chile puree, 2 fresh bay leaves, 6 sprigs thyme, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes. In a blender, puree 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon of chili powder into a sauce. Garnish the stew with diced onion, lime slices and chopped cilantro and serve corn tortillas and the sauce on the side.

Saveur's recipe calls for 5 pounds of young goat or 3 pounds of lamb roast, rubbed in salt and roasted on a steaming rack in a large sealed pot with 4 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 finely chopped white onion, and 4 cups of water at 325 degrees for 4 hours. A pasilla chile is halved, toasted in a skillet and soaked in 1 cup of hot water for 30 minutes before pureed in a blender. Blend 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 teaspoons marjoram, black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, 4 whole cloves, 4 teaspoons of sugar, 6 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of water into the chile puree. The meat is glazed with 3/4 cup of the chile sauce at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, then shredded. A birria sauce is made by simmering, uncovered, 5 pounds of cooked, pureed tomatoes, the remaining chile sauce, 2 bay leaves, 1 small cinnamon stick and the water used to steam the meat until the liquid is reduced by one-third. The meat is served with the sauce and garnished with diced onion, lime slices and chopped cilantro.

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