Lamb birria

Spice things up.

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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This spicy and flavoursome lamb birria will excite your taste buds! Full of authentic spicy Mexican flavours, this lamb stew will have you coming back for more!


Lamb birria
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 700 gram trimmed lamb rump steaks, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 1 medium brown onion (150g), chopped coarsely
  • 4 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3 clove garlic, sliced thinly
  • 3 teaspoon mexican chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 285 gram jar whole roasted piquillo peppers, drained, chopped coarsely
  • 410 gram canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cup (500ml) salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (85g) seeded prunes, halved
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves


Lamb birria
  • 1
    Heat half the oil in a large saucepan over high heat; cook lamb, in batches, until browned all over. Remove from pan.
  • 2
    Heat remaining oil in same pan; cook onion, ginger and garlic, stirring, until softened. Add chilli powder, oregano and ground spices; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • 3
    Return lamb to pan with thyme, bay leaves, peppers, tomatoes, stock and the water; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 1½ hours. Uncover; add prunes, simmer for 20 minutes or until lamb is tender and sauce has thickened.
  • 4
    Discard thyme and bay leaves. Season to taste; serve lamb topped with coriander.


Serve with grilled corn tortillas and lime wedges. Complete recipe to the end of step 3. Pack into freezer-proof containers, leaving a 2.5cm (1 inch) space to allow for expansion. Seal, label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat in a saucepan or microwave on medium power (50%) until heated through, then continue from step 4.

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