Birria Tacos: A Spicy Journey into Mexico’s Beloved Street Food

Take a flavorful journey through the streets of Mexico with our spicy take on Birria Tacos. This post not only provides a detailed recipe for making these mouth-watering tacos but also dives into the cultural significance and history of Birria. Learn how to perfectly blend spices and chili peppers to create a rich, savory broth that turns ordinary tacos into an extraordinary culinary experience.


Birria Tacos are more than just a street food favorite in Mexico; they are a culinary emblem of tradition and flavor. Originating from Jalisco, Birria is traditionally prepared with goat meat, but variations using beef or lamb have also become popular. In this post, we’ll explore the rich history and cultural significance of Birria and guide you through making your own spicy Birria Tacos.

The History and Significance of Birria

Birria’s roots can be traced back to the state of Jalisco in Mexico. Originally a celebratory dish, it was often served at weddings and baptisms and gradually became a staple in Mexican cuisine. The key to Birria’s unique flavor is in its blend of spices and the slow cooking process, which results in tender, flavorful meat.

Crafting Spicy Birria Tacos


  • 2 lbs beef or goat meat, cut into chunks
  • 4-5 dried chili peppers (such as Guajillo or Ancho)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Fresh cilantro and onions for garnish
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Prepare the Chili Paste: Toast the dried chili peppers in a dry pan until fragrant. Remove stems and seeds, and soak them in hot water until soft. Blend the softened chilies with garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, cloves, cinnamon, salt, and pepper to form a paste.
  2. Cook the Meat: Coat the meat with the chili paste and marinate for at least an hour. In a large pot, cook the meat over low heat with enough water to cover it, until it’s tender and falls apart easily.
  3. Make the Tacos: Shred the cooked meat and reserve the broth. Dip corn tortillas in the broth and fry them lightly in a pan. Fill the tortillas with the shredded meat, and if desired, add fresh onions and cilantro.
  4. Serve: Serve your Birria Tacos with a side of the savory broth for dipping and lime wedges.

Elevate Your Birria Tacos with Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce

While your Birria Tacos will already be bursting with flavor, there’s always room for an extra kick. That’s where Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce comes in. This artisanal hot sauce, made from peppers grown in community gardens and urban farms across America, isn’t just a condiment—it’s a statement. Each bottle purchased supports the gardens and the hardworking gardeners who cultivate these flavorful peppers. By adding a dash of Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce to your Birria Tacos, you’re not only enhancing the taste but also contributing to a noble cause. Its unique blend of heat and flavor is designed to complement the rich spices of Birria, making your tacos not just a meal, but an experience.


Birria Tacos offer a journey through the flavors and traditions of Mexican cuisine. This dish, with its rich, spicy broth and tender meat, encapsulates the essence of street food: simple, delicious, and deeply rooted in cultural heritage. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or new to Mexican cuisine, these tacos are sure to add a burst of flavor to your cooking repertoire.