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Where to Find Birria Tacos in New Orleans

If you have been on social media in the last year, you have undoubtedly seen videos flying around of a meat and cheese-double stuffed taco being dipped into a broth mixture. Ever since, Birria Tacos, also known as the quesabirria, have exploded into a food (and Instagram) phenomenon. 

Birria Tacos are filled with melty cheese and tender, pulled beef tucked within a crispy taco. The taco is then dipped into a cup of consome broth, typically served with onions and cilantro, of course. Consome is a meat broth served on the side made for dipping; traditionally, consome was served as a stew and was made for sipping, not dipping.

The quesabirria was born in Jalisco and reimagined in Tijuana and until recently, made its way into the United States. It was first created in the “southwest coastal state of Jalisco, when a famine wrought by Spanish colianals forces the locals to discover that goat can also be delicious,” per Pilot Online. It was traditionally served with goat meat, but moved to pork and other savory meats. 

In New Orleans, you can find these taco beauties right down the road in Metairie. 2 local-owned spots are serving up their take on the Birria.
Mawi Tortillas

Every Tuesday and Thursday, set your calendar reminders for Mawi Tortillas! Mawi is owned and operated by father-son duo Carlos and Chef Will Avelar. Located at 5050 W. Esplanade Avenue C in Metairie, the restaurant is tucked away in a little shopping center right off Esplanade.

They are known for their fresh, authentic corn tortillas made in-house, but have also become known for their delicious Birria Tacos. They serve them 3 to an order for only $9, and trust us, these bad boys are HUGE and plenty enough to share with someone else! 

In addition to their Birria Tacos, they offer rotating menus with signature dishes including fresh Shrimp Ceviche, multi-variety Papusas, and homemade salsa. Give them a follow on social media to stay up-to-date with their daily menu offerings! 


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Pacos Tacos 

Pacos Tacos is a newer spot in the game also located in Metairie at 4726 Veterans Memorial Blvd. They opened up their doors just weeks before COVID-19 hit. Pacos has a variety of specialty selections made with house-made meats, including Arrachera (Angus chargrilled skirt steak), Trompo, and Suadero. 

What they are really rocking with, a Paco’s Top Favorite, the Rock Taco. The Rock Taco is what they call their Birria, a traditional Mexican hard taco filled with slow-cooked pit style chuck roast and cheese. Served on the side is consome to dip, sip, and slurp! View their website here.

Coming soon: Tacos Del Cartel

Tacos del Cartel, a new taco spot headed to Metairie at 2901 David Drive, has shared that they will be offering Birria Tacos once they open! No opening date has been announced yet, but we will keep you posted once that is announced. Give their page a “like” below!


Featured image via Yelp restaurant pages.

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