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Authentic Quesabirria Recipe (Birria Tacos)

Inside: If you love birria, then you will want to try this delicious quesabirria recipe – a classic Mexican dish that everyone will love!

quesabirria tacos with garnishes on the side

Over the past few years, I have loved sharing my Mexican culture with all of you through my recipes. One of my most popular recipes has been my authentic birria recipe which you can find here.

Birria is a delicious recipe that consists of slow-cooked meat (lamb meat, goat meat, or beef), that is cooked in a variety of spices and chile peppers, resulting in a tender, melt in your mouth recipe that is very popular in Mexico and abroad. The meat is shredded and then served either on its own, or with the broth, also known as consome.

Another very popular way to serve birria is as quesabirria tacos, which is a fusion of tacos, quesadillas, and birria. This recipe has become very popular on social media over the past few years as it has become more well-known in the United States.

Today I am going to teach you how to make this tasty recipe, so keep reading to find out more!

What is quesabirria?

Quesabirria is a type of Mexican street food that typically consists of slow-cooked birria, melted cheese, and a tortilla. The tortillas are dipped in the consome (or broth that results when you cook the birria), cooked on both sides, before being filled with the flavorful meat and served with even more consome.

quesabirria tacos from the top view

The colors of this dish are very vibrant and it is a perfect option for taco night. Every time I make it, people say it is one of the best things they have ever tried!

Quesabirria can be as spicy or as mild as you would like, it really depends on the amount and type of chiles that you include. Check out the recipe for birria here, so that you can get started on this recipe.

Where does quesabirria come from?

Quesabirria is believed to have originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco, specifically in the city of Guadalajara. With that said, you can find it made throughout Mexico and it has made its way to other countries too! If you search for quesabirria beef tacos, or some other variation of those terms, you will find a ton of results which shows you just how popular this tender beef is.

One of the reasons it is so popular is because of the combination of flavors that comes from the guajillo peppers, ancho chiles, and other ingredients that are used to cook the juicy tender meat.

The cheesy filling is also something that people tend to love. I mean who doesn’t love cheese?

How do you make quesabirria?

Once you have mastered making birria, the actual process for turning it into quesabirria is pretty easy! You will need the following to get started:

  • Birria meat (you can find the recipe here)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Consome from the birria (broth)
  • Cheese (manchego, oaxaca cheese, mozzarella, or another melty cheese)
  • Cilantro, onion, lime wedges, and salsa to accompany

To speed up the process, you can use a pressure cooker (like an instant pot) on the high pressure setting, and the birria can be done in less than 45 minutes. If you have more time, you can use a slow cooker or even cook it in a large skillet over the stove for a longer period of time.

birria ingredients before being cooked

If you are going to make quesabirria tacos, you will want to set aside at least a cup of the consommè to dip the tortillas in and to serve on the side. This is one of the best parts of the recipe, so make sure to serve it in a small bowl with each serving.

To make this quesabirria tacos recipe, you will start by adding a little bit of oil to a hot skillet over medium heat. You will then take each tortilla and dip it in the consome, before adding it to the skillet and frying on both sides until crispy, but still somewhat soft. You do not want these to be as crispy as tostadas, because you still need to fold them in half.

Making the tortillas for birria tacos

Next add the birria meat and the cheese on one side, and fold the crispy tortillas in half and cook on both sides for a few more minutes. This allows the cheese to melt, but be careful not to let them burn.

At this point, you will serve the quesabirria tacos on a large plate. The most popular garnishes for this recipe are fresh cilantro, diced onions, a squeeze of lime juice, and fresh salsa. I always serve it with a cup of the consomme also to use as a dipping sauce. The delicious flavors will amaze you, and  you will definitely be coming back for more.

quesabirria tacos from another angle with chopped cilantro

Now that you have this birria taco recipe, you don’t even need a good reason to make it. Any day is a perfect day to try this authentic Mexican dish.

Let me knwo in the comments below how it turns out!

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quesabirria tacos from another angle with chopped cilantro
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Quesabirria tacos recipe

If you love birria, then you will want to try this delicious quesabirria recipe - a classic Mexican dish that everyone will love!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Birria, quesabirria, tacos
Servings: 15 Quesabirria Tacos
Calories: 226kcal


  • 4 cups Birria meat
  • 15 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups consome from birria
  • 3 Limes cut into wedges
  • 2 cups Manchego or Oaxaca Cheese you can use mozzarella too or any other melty cheese
  • Salsa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 onion diced


  • Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Dip each tortilla in the consome and then cook into the oil until crispy but still pliable
  • Add some of the birria meat and cheese to the top of each tortilla and fold over, cooking on each side again until crispy
  • Serve with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, salsa, and consome for dipping.


Serving: 1Quesabirria taco | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 2mg
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Thursday 28th of December 2023

Oh My gosh! This was sooooo good! The only problem I had was getting the tortillas crispy. Some were and some weren't. But I just ate them with a fork! The consume was beautiful! Thank you!!

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