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The Best Birria Tacos In Austin

Some of our favorite spots to get birria tacos.
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Birria, the stewed goat, lamb, or beef with broth, is originally from Jalisco, Mexico. For years, you could find birria at taquerias in Austin, sometimes served in taco form, and sometimes served as a stew, with tortillas on the side for a DIY taco experience. But what's been popping up all over town recently is something a little newer—fried birria tacos, AKA tacos dorado de birria—that’s made its way over from Southern California and Tijuana.

Often served with a cup of the accompanying consomé for dipping and sippinga clarified broth made from the meat, roast chiles, onions, cilantro, and other spices—these tacos usually end up with a reddish-orange color as a result of being coated in consomé before hitting the griddle. And the quesabirria takes it one step further by adding cheese to the mix.

There are a lot of variations, and asking us to pick our favorite would be an impossible task. Whether you’re looking for consomé to sip on, birria tacos, their fried cousin, or their fried-with-cheese other cousin, Austin has plenty of options. Here are some of our favorites.

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If you’ve ever found yourself on Instagram, mesmerized by videos of rich, birria-filled tacos being dunked into a steaming bowl of consomé, there’s a good chance you stumbled across a video taken at Palo Seco (formerly known as La Tunita 512). That, or you’re in a very vivid daydream that we’d love to be a part of. The tacos here are excellent, and the consomé is so good that we’ve debated if it’s socially acceptable to carry around a small flask of it. Most of the people anxiously lined up are here for the birria tacos or the quesabirria, the latter of which adds a signature spin on things by frying the cheese directly on the griddle before going into its tortilla blanket.


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C-Spot in East Austin has one of the most extensive birria menus we’ve ever seen. Sure, you can keep it classic with some very good birria tacos. But you can also enjoy some savory stewed meat in a torta, on a pizza, or on a burger. In the mood for ramen? They’ve got that too (with birria, of course). There’s even a birria Crunchwrap supreme. If you can dream it, it probably exists on the menu here.


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Sabor Tapatio has been making great tacos out of a food trailer in South Austin for a couple of years now. Here, you’ll want to order the tacos barbacoa estilo Jaliscowith a double layer of utra-crispy tortillas that will hold everything together through even the deepest of plunges into the rich consomé. The flavors in the consomé here are a bit more concentrated than some of the other spots, making it good for sipping, but even better for dipping. And if you’re still hungry for more after, they have a whole menu packed full of great optionstry the al pastor or suadero tacos.


El Borrego de Oro has been serving Michoacan-style Mexican food in South Austin for over 15 years now, in that time developing a loyal fanbase across the whole city. The birria tacos here are made with lamb, with just a hint of gamey-flavor, on house-made corn tortillas. And we devoured them all in our car before we even left the parking lot. But if you’d rather sip on something, they also make a great lamb or goat stewserved with a side of tortillasperfect for cold, rainy days (or really, just about any day).


Tucked away in a parking lot near Menchaca Dr (and Stassney) is Autenticos Michoacanos, offering up an extensive menu of just about everything you could imagine inside a tortilla. We’re certainly fans of a lot of things here—including their excellent machete—but their quesabirria tacos are some of our favorite. Dunk, bite, gasp, and repeat until finished, then bottoms-up the rich cup of consome so that you don’t miss a drop.


Taco More has been around for over a decadenow with multiple locations in the Austin area—and in that time, they’ve developed a bit of a following for their goat stew. So when they recently added quesabirria tacos with consomé to their menu, it wasn’t a huge surprise—though certainly a welcome one. Taco More is one of the few places we’ve seen in Austin making quesabirria with goatsomething we really enjoyed and hope to see more of. The consomé here is served as just that, with no onions or cilantrothough they are included on the side.


Taquito Aviles, on the corner of North Lamar and Braker, makes very good tacos and breakfast tacos, and they’re perhaps most well-known for the consomé de chivo, their bright red goat stew. The goat is tender, the broth is rich and spicy, and the corn tortillas that come with the consomé are handmade. You can also get birria tacos that are crisped up on a griddle, and here they're made with a Tex-Mex cheddar cheese blend.


Pepe’s is a food trailer in a small parking lot near 7th and Lamar. The menu here is short, but focusedbirria tacos, quesabirria, birria quesadillas, tortas, and consomé. We enjoyed the birria tacos and quesabirria herethe meat was tender and well-spiced, and the tortillas were crispy. The salsas here were not our favorite, but then again, we don’t usually find ourselves needing a whole lot of salsa on a taco that’s just been through a warm consomé bath.


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The food truck Los Danzantes in the backyard of the Far Out Lounge and Stage on South Congress has a short, focused menu, and it includes an absolutely excellent beef quesabirria plate that comes with three tacos and a cup of rich and spicy consomé. The slow-cooked birria is tender and juicy, with the edges of the cheese expertly caramelized and super-crispy.


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Tejas Birria in Buda is sorta committed to birria—it’s in their name after all—so there’s an expansive menu that includes birria ramen, birria tortas, birria flautas, and a double stacked birria quesadilla. Sometimes there’s even a birria grilled cheese sandwich on Texas toast. The quesabirria tacos here are some of the best we’ve had, just a perfectly balanced combination of beef birria, melted cheese, onions, and cilantro.


Jamie’s Barbecue & Mini Tacos is a trailer in a dusty lot in South Austin, and as the name implies, they do in fact make mini tacos and barbecue, including brisket and enormous smoked turkey legs. They also have delicious quesabirria tacos made with beef, and crisped up on a flattop. The consomé is bright and rich, and you’ll want to tell anyone who will listen how good it is.

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