One of Mexico’s greatest dishes has finally swept the Philippines by storm. “Birria”—which means “mess”—is the latest taco food trend we can’t get enough of. Doesn’t the sound of Mexican stew that perfectly combines sweet, savory, and sour flavors stuffed into a fried tortilla just sound heavenly?
This meaty, cheesy, and deliciously messy dish just bursts with flavors and is an all-around comforting dish that is traditionally accompanied by a consomme or a rich broth. Whether you’re in the mood for beef, pork, chicken, or vegan birrias, we’ve got it all for you. And since National Taco Day (October 4) is just right around the corner, why not treat yourself to one or two? Here are our thirteen favorite places to get birria right now!
House of Birria has a very fresh, tasty, and straightforward menu. Choose from either Premium Beef Birria or Arroz de Birria. Every order of their Premium Beef Birria comes with salsa, consomme, and lemon. While the Arroz de Birria comes with salsa and lemon and garlic cilantro cream. An order starts at ₱520 and ₱350 respectively.
Los Tacos Authenticos is said to be home to the most affordable and authentic birria tacos available in Manila. With only one thing on their menu, they have already perfected their beef birria tacos that will leave you wanting more. The beef birria is simmered with different herbs and spices for 8 hours and is packed with premium mozzarella, red onion, and cilantro to get that wonderful burst of flavors. Every order also includes a side of guacamole and consommé.
Transport yourself to Mexico with the authentic flavors of Al Pastor Taqueria’s dishes. To make your home dining experience a little bit more exciting, their tacos come in DIY taco kits which you can assemble yourself to your liking. An order of their beef birria starts at ₱780 for 6 pieces.
Budhi Bowls, though well-known for serving hearty and delicious bowls of vegan ramen, has recently come out with a new line-up of Tex-Mex dishes including vegan birria tacos. Their tacos are made of slow-cooked soy protein stew, 4 Mexican chili peppers, vegan mozzarella, various spices, and your pick of chives or cilantro. It also comes with a serving of the essential consomme dip.
Cochi Loco is a casual and vibrant Mexican joint located in SM Aura. Their Birria-To-Go Kits consist of 500 grams of slow-cooked beef birria, 12 corn tortillas, chopped onions, cilantro, salsa borracha, and lime wedges for ₱800!
Experience your favorite Fil-Mex meals at Chulita’s. Whether you prefer your birria tacos to be saucy, beefy, cheesy, or maybe even all three, they’ve got just the perfect taco for you that’s guaranteed to hit all the right spots.
El Cocina aims to bring home-cooked international street food with a Filipino twist in the Metro. Their classic birria tacos are a must-try but they’ve also got quesabirrias if you’re feeling something a little bit more cheesy. Tip: don’t miss out on their house-blend hot sauce aka their famous orange sauce!
Meaty, cheesy, and deliciously messy birria tacos at Ermitacos will have you hooked at first bite. They’ve also got a couple of other menu items like burritos, quesadillas, and nachos—fit to complete your Mexican feast!
For your affordable Fil-Tex-Mex craving fix, head on over to Puesto Modern Mexican Comfort Food. Instead of beef, they use pulled pork for their birria tacos.
Started off as a Mexican pop-up concept by Chef Bruce Ricketts, La Chinesca has since then become a well-known hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in the food capital of the south that is BF Homes. Though they’ve got a variety of taco variants you can choose from, their bestselling Quesabirria is a flavor-packed treat guaranteed to satisfy you with every bite.
Get premium homemade birria tacos delivered to your doorstep from La Guada. Each taco comes with tender slow-cooked beef that’s paired up with stringy mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and cilantro. Though beef birria is often the more common choice, they also offer chicken birria tacos—all of which come with a side of their rich consomme.
A playful gastronomic experience of Filipino and Latin American food is what you’ll get at Tittos. They serve a variety of dishes but their fragrant beef birria tacos are something you shouldn’t miss out on.
Army Navy, a well-loved Mexican comfort fast food restaurant in the Philippines has recently introduced a new beef birria line-up which includes beef birria quesadillas, tacos, and naked burritos—making satisfying your birria cravings a lot more accessible. Each order of the beef birria tacos comes with two tacos and is priced at ₱315.
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