Can't Stand the Heat: Birria

I'm currently chillin' in Mexico with my family and to say it's amazing is an understatement. I mean, I'm on vacation, I'm with family that I don't get to see often...and the food. Oh, the food. Generally every day is a great day here, but today was one of those days that was a little too good to be true.

Courtesy of unionjalisco.mx

Courtesy of unionjalisco.mx

We went to San Juan Cosala, which is a small pueblo by Lake Chapala (the biggest in Mexico!). See, they have this spa type of place with thermal water (I believe the actual translation is hot springs). You go into 5 jacuzzis, 20 minutes at a time.

Each jacuzzi is filled with a different type of thermal water with its individual nutrients and mineral components. Each one had a fancy little sign saying what it was good for ( i.e. immune system, hydration, etc). And it all terminated with a mud bath. Fancy as it was, it was really just relaxing. Really, really relaxing. I fell asleep twice. And then again later while I was tanning. Hey you would too if you were chillin' in a place like this.

But then it got better. There's a little place in downtown Jocotepec that's famous for its ice cream. With flavors as delicious as Tequila and almond coffee, it was really the best way to end the day.

Okay not really. The best part was dinner. You see, I'm staying with my aunt, and her food is de.li.cious. So of course, I leeched onto her and demanded the recipe. This is what I got.

Birria:

Ingredients:

1 clove of garlic

5 dashes of pepper

1 pinch of cumin

5 cloves

3 leaves of laurel

4 guajillo chilles

2 oregano leaves

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups water

2 lb beef chunks

 

Step 1:

Take all of the ingredients except the meat, and throw 'em in a blender. Just crush it until it's really finely blended.

 

Step 2:

Add the blended ingredients to a pot and add the meat. Leave to cook on low for 2 hours.

 

Step 3:

Have the best meal of your life.

 

It's actually that easy. I was waiting for more instructions from my aunt when she said that was it. Actually, thinking so much about it is making me hungry again. I'm going back for leftovers.

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