Birria — a hearty meat stew — originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where it typically features adobo-marinated goat (or beef or lamb, but most traditionally, goat). Over the past decade or so, it has become increasingly prevalent farther north in Tijuana in the form of tacos, often smothered in melted cheese and served with a cup of savory reddish broth on the side for dipping (or drinking).
Even though they’ve been around for years, birria tacos — sometimes called quesabirria tacos, if cheese is involved — have been enjoying a spike in popularity in the last couple of years, thanks in part to social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. The visibility and availability of these juicy, meaty, messy Tijuana-style tacos is on the rise, spreading from Mexico to Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and beyond.
Boston isn’t immune: Here are 10 local(ish) spots at which to try them.
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