• Luis and JudyAnn

Dangerously Addictive Pork Birria

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

The direct translation of ‘birria’ is ‘poor quality’ or ‘rubbish’ – but this spicy, Mexican, peasant dish is anything but.

If Instagram can teach us anything about the bizarre era we’re now living in, it’s the fact that time-consuming, intricate cooking efforts have never felt more appealing than they do right now. Innumerable social media posts and videos celebrate the art of homemade sourdough, beef bourguignon from scratch, and DIY pickle brines. But if you find yourself eager for a kitchen endeavor with international flair that harks back to the days when we could stroll to our favorite food truck and pick up a flavorful and reasonably priced meal without the need for face masks and judicious social distancing, then we’ve got a project for you: #Birria.

Birria is a goat-based soup that hails from the state of Jalisco in #Mexico, though surrounding states like #Durango, and #Zacatecas also make versions, including #beefbirria. It’s typically served with tortillas, toppings, and salsas. Birria is often used to sweat out a cruda, or #hangover. You’ll also find birria around holidays like Christmas and Easter and at baptisms.

Birria is not only traditionally prepared with goat meat; today, it is also prepared with lamb, #pork, beef, and chicken, but it is still a very special dish. It can always be paired with a good tequila, beer or any other drink like agua fresca. And like anything here in Mexico, if it’s accompanied by the beautiful music and sounds of the #Mariachi band, it is sure to taste amazing.