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Birria Gyoza Recipe

Making gyoza with leftover birria beef creates a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make this delightful fusion dish:


  1. Leftover birria beef: About 2 cups
  2. Gyoza or potsticker wrappers: 1 package
  3. Sesame or peanut oil: For frying
  4. Diced onions: 1/2 cup
  5. Diced jalapeños: 1/4 cup
  6. Chopped cilantro: 1/4 cup
  7. Shredded mozzarella or jack cheese (optional)
  8. Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
  9. Sesame oil: 1 tablespoon
  10. Rice vinegar: 1 tablespoon
  11. Water: For sealing the gyoza

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  1. Soy sauce: 3 tablespoons
  2. Sesame oil: 1 tablespoon
  3. Rice vinegar: 2 tablespoons


  1. Preparation of Birria Filling: Combine leftover birria beef, diced onions, jalapeños, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Ensure the birria is well-drained to prevent soggy gyoza. Optionally, add shredded mozzarella or jack cheese to this mix for an added touch.
  2. Assembling the Gyoza: Place the gyoza wrappers on a flat surface. Spoon a small amount of the birria mixture onto the center of each wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Fold the wrapper in half, sealing the edges by pressing down with a fork or crimping with your fingers.
  3. Cooking the Gyoza: Heat the sesame or peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the filled gyoza in the skillet, flat side down. Fry them until the bottoms turn golden brown. Add a splash of water to the skillet and immediately cover with a lid, allowing the gyoza to steam for about 3-4 minutes or until they become translucent.
  4. Dipping Sauce Preparation: In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. This will serve as a tangy dipping sauce for the gyoza.
  5. Serving: Serve the birria gyoza hot with the dipping sauce on the side. If you have some leftover birria consomé, it makes for an excellent side dipping broth to enhance the overall experience.

Additional Tips:

  • Integrate flavors from both cuisines by adding a splash of soy sauce or a drizzle of sesame oil to the birria filling.
  • For those who enjoy an extra kick, kimchi or other umami-rich ingredients can be added to the birria filling.
  • If you’re serving for guests or a special occasion, consider garnishing the dish with fresh cilantro and sesame seeds.

This birria gyoza promises a culinary experience that resonates with both the hearty flavors of Mexico and the subtle delicacies of Japan. It’s not just food, but a cultural celebration on a plate. Enjoy!

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