Take nachos to a whole new meaty, cheesy, brothy level with this viral birria nachos. Pile crispy tortilla chips with juicy shredded beef cooked in aromatic chile sauce, add tons of cheese, and broil until melted and bubbling. That’s all before adding all the classic nacho toppings and serving with a side of broth for indulgent dipping.

A person dipping birria nachos into a dipping sauce.

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Want an easy way to get restaurant-quality Mexican nachos at home? Try these Birria Nachos. Birria Nachos are made with shredded birria meat, layers of crispy tortilla chips, and drenched in melted cheese. They’re the perfect way to ramp up your beef recipes and use leftovers.

​This recipe combines the best of both worlds – beef and nachos. The best part is that you can use leftover birria to make this recipe for a quick Mexican dish that comes together in minutes. 

A tray of birria nachos on a wooden table.

What Is Birria?

Mexican birria is a traditional stew hailing from the Mexican state of Jalisco. It’s traditionally made with goat meat, but our birria recipe is made using beef. Our birria is made in a Dutch oven, but we’ve also made Instant Pot birria and slow cooker birria

Since birria is a labor of love due to the slow cooking process, we recommend making it a day or two ahead of time to use for these nachos or other Mexican dishes like quesabirria tacos, beef birria garnachas, or a birria quesadillas.

Ingredients for Birria nachos with leftover birria.

Birria Nachos Ingredients

  • Shredded birria – beef slow cooked to perfection in beef broth and other spices. 
  • Consume – this is the birria sauce.
  • Beans – black beans or pinto beans. 
  • Chips – use your favorite tortilla chips. 
  • Cheese – use any kind of cheese you like. Mexican shredded cheese, cheddar, or monterey jack cheese. 

Toppings

  • Scallions
  • Onion
  • Avocado 
  • Pepper
  • Crema – also known as crema Fresca, is a condiment similar to sour cream. It’s usually found in the Mexican dairy section near the regular cheese. 

How to Make Nachos with Birria Meat

First, preheat the broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Then, dip the birria in the reheated consume and allow it to simmer to heat the beef through. 

Next, layer beans on the bottom of the pan. Pile a layer of tortilla chips on top. 

Nachos in a black tray on a dark background.

Using tongs, pull shredded birria from the pan, letting drips run off. Top with cheese. 

Nachos on a black tray with cheese and bacon.

Broil until cheese is browned and melted, 5 to 7 minutes, watching carefully. Top with scallions, peppers, and crema. Serve immediately. 

Girl Carnivore Expert Recipe Tips

  • Add some fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and fresh pico de Gallo as zesty garnishes for your nachos.
  • Store the beef and tortilla chips separately so they don’t become soggy. 
  • Make the birria ahead of time so you can assemble your nachos right away. 
  • Keep an eye on your nachos in the broiler because they can burn quickly. Only keep them in the oven until the cheese gets melty. 
Loaded birria Nachos on a tray with toppings.

What to Serve With Birria Nachos

If you want an extra kick of flavor, drizzle some poblano crema or rajas con crema on top. Add a scoop of fresh Mango Pico de Gallo for an unexpected burst of freshness. For a fun, fresh twist, pair your nachos with a grilled corn salad

Leftovers & Reheating

We recommend making the nachos as needed instead of storing the entire meal in the fridge as the nachos can become soggy. 

Store leftover beef birria in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. 

To reheat, place leftover beef birria (refrigerated or frozen) in a pot on the stove top on medium heat. Let it simmer until thoroughly heated. 

A person grabbing nachos from a tray.

More Mexican Recipes

This birria nachos recipe is a great way to use up leftover birria and make a quick dinner. Perfect for lazy weeknights or when you don’t feel like hitting up your local Mexican joint.

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Birria Nachos

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
A person dipping birria nachos into a dipping sauce.
These birria nachos capture the viral food trend by topping crispy tortilla chips with shredded beef simmered in a flavorful chile sauce, and shredded cheese then broiled and served with some of the beef braising liquid for dipping.

Ingredients  

For the Birria Nachos

  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded birria
  • 1/2 cup beef consomme
  • 1/3 cup Refried beans
  • Tortilla Chips
  • 3/4 cup Cheese use any kind of cheese you like. Mexican shredded cheese, cheddar, or monterey jack cheese.

Toppings

  • Scallions diced
  • Onion minced
  • Avocado pitted and sliced
  • Peppers stemmed seeded ands sliced
  • Crema

Instructions 

  • First, preheat the broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Then, dip the birria in the reheated consume and allow it to simmer to heat the beef through.
  • Next, layer beans on the bottom of the pan. Pile a layer of tortilla chips on top.
  • Using tongs, pull shredded birria from the pan, letting drips run off. Top with cheese.
  • Broil until cheese is browned and melted, 5 to 7 minutes, watching carefully. Top with scallions, peppers, and crema. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Add some fresh cilantro, lime wedges, and fresh pico de Gallo as zesty garnishes for your nachos.
  • Store the beef and tortilla chips separately so they don’t become soggy. 
  • Make the birria ahead of time so you can assemble your nachos right away.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Fusion, Latin
Author: Kita Roberts

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    1. You absolutely can. However, beef will have a deeper flavor, but for any of my birria recipes, you could replace them with pork shoulder, lamb or goat. Just cook until fork tender.