Birria tacos are taking over Instagram, and we’re here to give you the skinny (or maybe the gordo) on them and where to find them! Birria is a meat stew traditionally prepared with goat due to the overpopulation of goats in Mexico due to the import of goats from Spanish explorers and settlers in the 1500s. However, you can find this stew made with beef, chicken, lamb or other types of meat today.
Ingredients like cumin, ancho chiles, and chipotle peppers give it its savory and punchy flavor. Traditionally, you’d let this stew simmer on the stove for about 3 hours to tenderize the meat, but there also Instant Pot recipes out there if you want to try your hand at making this delicious stew at home.
Street carts and restaurants serving birria are common in the Jalisco region of Mexico, where the dish originated. But this stew has also become quite popular in the United States, and this savory dish has made its way to Georgia. Birria El Gordo in Marietta was perhaps the first spot to bring this traditional food into the mainstream in Atlanta. If you’re wondering what to try, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the beef and goat birria quesatacos–a sort of hybrid of a taco and quesadilla, with the cheese adding a bit of crisp to the taco–dipped in a side of consommé might be the very best thing on the menu. They’re comforting, decadent, and would make the perfect meal when you’re a bit hungover. Take a look at our map below to find a great birria spot near you.
Use our map below to find a birria spot near you!
Expect to wait in line, but it’s worth it! You can get goat, jackfruit, beef, or chicken quesabirria tacos at this wildly popular spot. Open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Birria tacos, birria quesadillas, and birria burritos served up in the heart of Roswell.
Chicago native Puerto Rican Chastity Hill sells birria tacos and other street tacos at Slapping Tacos on Metropolitan Parkway.