Crunchy cheesy birria tacos are the hot trend in Dallas-Fort Worth
One day no one in Dallas-Fort Worth had heard of it Birria tacos. The next day they all do it in town.
Crispy, cheesy and meaty, this particular taco variant has become a taste of the moment in a variety of restaurants across DFW, from Chalio’s in FW to 225 BBQ in Arlington to Maskara’s Mexican Grill in Dallas’ Oak Cliff.
More than a dozen restaurants, food trucks, and taco stands have added Birria Tacos, also called Birria de Res, which are served with a broth to dip on the side.
Two new restaurants in Fort Worth – Calisience and Birrieria y Taqueria Cortez – had a lot of customers lining up, apparently all for their Birria tacos.
Birria is a steamed meat dish with roots in Jalisco, a state on the west coast of Mexico, where it is often served at celebrations such as weddings and holidays. The meat can be beef, goat, or lamb, says Jose Meza, chef at Jalisco Norte, the Mexican restaurant on Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. Meza is from Mexico City; His wife is from Jalisco.
“Most of the time, Birria is made with lamb and a mix of dried chillies,” he says. “It becomes this rich shredded meat soup that you can eat as a soup garnished with onions and cilantro, or with tortillas on the side, with the option to make your own tacos.”
But put the meat in a taco, add cheese, and then cook on a flat grill until it gets crispy and wet – that’s a whole different story.
Like so many lively things, the birria taco trend started in California. Eater is tracking it to Los Angeles, but with roots in Tijuana, Mexico, the first thing they started doing was putting Birria in a taco, adding melted cheese, and cooking it on a grill.
A key component of a proper Birria taco is that consumedsays Rene Ramirez, who and wife Joyce 225 BBQ, own a catering and food truck operation in Arlington.
“The broth is an aromatic broth with spices,” says Ramirez. “They dip the taco in the broth that gives it a reddish taste and then hit it on the grill with oil and a good amount of cheese. It’s a great crispy, cheesy taco. We made it a specialty from the first week . People asked for it, so we’re making it a permanent menu item. “
Rogelio Cortez, who owns Birrieria y Taqueria Cortez, started the trend when he started selling his “Quesatacos” in February.
“We don’t make them too crispy,” he says. “We use two tortillas, that’s how they do it where I come from in Guadalajara. We have our own style – not moist in the middle, but not too crispy. If they get too crispy, they lose their flavor.”
Meza says it’s great when trends take off, but it’s important not to lose sight of the value of the original dish.
“Dallas is very trendy, it’s funny when everyone starts picking up these things. I remember the same thing happened with Hoja Santa, the Mexican herb, a few years ago,” he says. “These things come up, but Birria isn’t easy. It can be very difficult. There are secrets behind it to make sure the flavors stay authentic. It’s easy to make a soup – but there’s more to it than that, the layers of Flavors that a good Birria should have. “
Good news for trend watchers: A new dish from Taqueria Tres Betos in north Fort Worth awaits in the wings: Birria Ramen.
Here are some of the DFW restaurants that are currently selling Birria Tacos:
Birrieria Los Chivos de Oro – Family restaurant in the south of Fort Worth.
Birrieria and Taqueria Cortez – Truck in the south of Fort Worth.
Caliscience – Fort Worth Food Truck with Californian roots.
Chalios Mexican restaurant – Serving of lamb and goat stew and a birria tacos plate with two tacos plus rice and beans.
La Antojeria Jalisco. The booth in Long Street Bazaar was owned by husband and wife Jalil and Yessica Saldana, who are from Jalisco.
Maskara’s Mexican Grill – The owners of this Oak Cliff spot are from Jalisco, the birthplace of Birria.
Paco’s Mexican cuisine – The restaurant on Magnolia made them special on Fridays and Saturdays.
Taqueria and Birrieria 3 Coronas – Mexican restaurant in southeast Fort Worth.
Tres Betos Taqueria – Make them crispy on the north side of Fort Worth.
225 BBQ – Arlington Food Truck started making them special and is now adding them to the permanent menu.