If you are looking for a tasty and unique snack or appetizer, you’ve got to try Shredded Beef Sliders! Super easy mini sandwiches filled with tender, slow-cooked shredded beef. They are easy to make, tasty, and hearty! I made my Slow Cooker Shredded Beef to use in the sliders, but I will share other options in the recipe card!
What are Shredded Beef Sliders? (please read!)
These are based on Birria (which is not traditionally used in sliders 😂). Usually, Birria is made with goat meat, but now people are using beef too, like in the popular “lazy birria” version which is not traditional, but still delicious. To make these sliders, I use tender shredded beef and put it on Hawaiian rolls. I top them off with cheese, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and queso fresco. Don’t forget the juice from the shredded beef, which is served on the side as a dip!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Shredded Beef: If you don’t want to make your own shredded beef, you can find it precooked at some supermarkets. I recommend something like this, Hormel Beef Roast Au Jus. This is not as flavorful as the homemade, but you can always add more seasoning. You can also purchase Birria meat, which may be packaged as a stew or shredded.
Hawaiian Rolls: Hawaiian rolls are sweet rolls that are my go-to when it comes to sliders. And, I have my share of slider recipes, for sure! Make your own if you can’t find them at the store.
Cheese: I chose to use slices of mozzarella cheese to help soak up some of the birria juice, protecting the bottom halves of the buns. You could also use shredded cheese if that is what you have on hand. Other kinds of cheese or a combination of cheeses would also be delicious.
Toppings: I added onions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and queso fresco to the sliders. Feel free to add your favorite toppings.
How to Store
When it comes to storing leftover sliders, an airtight container or aluminum foil will keep them fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To ensure the best results when reheating, we recommend using the oven for about 10 minutes at 350°F. While the microwave can also be used to reheat sliders, it may make the buns slightly soggy.
Can I Freeze Shredded Beef Sliders?
Yes! It is best to freeze the sliders after they are assembled, but before being baked. To freeze:
- Assemble the sliders, placing them onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Transfer the baking sheet of sliders to the freezer until solid.
- Once solid, store the sliders in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.
- When ready to bake, add a few minutes to the baking time.
Shredded Beef Sliders
- 1 package (12-count) Hawaiian sweet rolls
- 5 slices mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups shredded beef*
- 1 medium white onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
- ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced
- 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled
- 1 cup (241 g) shredded beef juice, warmed (this is the juice that is with the meat when you make it), divided
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 7×11-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Split your rolls in half horizontally and place the bottom halves in the baking dish.
- On top of the bottom halves of the buns, add the slices of cheese, shredded beef, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and queso fresco.
- Place the top halves of the rolls on top of the filling.
- Brush the tops of the rolls with shredded beef juice, reserving the rest for dipping.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the tops of the sliders turn a golden brown.
- Remove the sliders from the oven and slice them. Serve the sliders with the remaining shredded beef juice for dipping. Enjoy!
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