Lamb Birria with Barley and Dried Plums


A mixture of fire-roasted tomatoes and plums give this comforting birria stew its signature smoky-sweet flavor.

Lamb Birria with Barley and Dried Plums
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
16 hrs 30 mins
8 cups of stew


  • 1 ½ pound lean boneless lamb

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • ½ cup regular (not quick-cooking) barley

  • ½ cup dried plums, quartered

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • 2 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground pasilla chile pepper or 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 Plum tomato, chopped

  • Snipped fresh parsley or cilantro

  • 1 recipe Crisp Tortilla Strips

  • Lime wedges


  1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1-inch cubes. In a 3 ½- to 4-quart slow cooker combine meat, broth, tomatoes, onion, barley, plums, wine, ancho chile pepper, garlic, pasilla chile pepper, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. Serve in bowls. Top servings with tomato, parsley, and tortilla strips. Serve with lime wedges.

Crisp Tortilla Chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll up 3 6-inch flour tortillas. Using a sharp knife, slice tortilla roll crosswise for long, thin strips. Lightly coat tortilla strips with nonstick cooking spray and spread on a baking sheet. Bake about 5 minutes or until golden. Cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
11g Fat
50g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1141mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 30.1mg 151%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 5.9mg 33%
Potassium 1175mg 25%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 5.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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