The best birria tacos in Toronto are most successfully eaten behind closed doors. Armed with a stack of napkins, you’ll want to dig in with gusto, ignoring the juices dripping down your arm.
Hailing from the Mexican state of Jalisco, birria is a stew traditionally made with goat or lamb. Marinated in a blend of spices and peppers, the meat absorbs its first layers of flavour. It’s then cooked for hours in a heavily-seasoned fusion of herbs, spices, vegetables and more until it’s meltingly tender. The results of this labour of love, which can take days to prepare, is a revered dish often served on special occasions. For birria tacos, the meat and consommé are separated -- hearty tacos presented with the intensely-delicious broth for dipping, swirling and slurping down.
Toronto, of course, is no stranger to tremendous tacos. Deeply savoury, boasting layers of meaty, spicy, aromatic flavour, birria tacos provide a whole new level of pleasure. Served with or without cheese, birria tacos carry a depth of flavour unique to food that can’t be rushed.
Whether you order delivery or opt for pickup, these birria tacos are not to be missed. Try each of Toronto’s best; just don’t forget the napkins.