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Tasty Quesabirria tacos

Quesabirria tacos, a rising star in the taco scene, boast a rich and savory flavor profile, offering a fusion of tender, juicy meat enveloped in a crispy, cheese-crusted tortilla. These tacos provide a unique and delightful experience for those seeking a mouthwatering blend of textures and flavors.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Perfect for taco enthusiasts seeking a fusion of cheesy goodness and savory, braised meat in a taco.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation and cooking time usually takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Nutrition Facts: Quesabirria tacos contain approximately 400-500 calories, offering a good source of protein and essential nutrients.

About This Recipe

Quesabirria tacos are characterized by their braised, seasoned meat, typically beef, and the crispy, cheese-coated tortilla, also known as the “quesabirria.” The magic of this dish lies in the tenderness of the meat, combined with the crispy, cheesy exterior of the tortilla.

Equipment Required

  • Large pot or Dutch oven
  • Skillet
  • Tongs
  • Griddle or large skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • 2 pounds beef chuck
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • 2 cups Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: chopped onions, cilantro, lime wedges, salsa


  1. Preparation: In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the meat, chopped onion, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cover with water and bring to a simmer. Cook covered for 2-3 hours or until the meat is tender and easily shredable.
  2. Shredding and Crisping: Once cooked, shred the meat using two forks. Heat a griddle or large skillet and place a tortilla on it. Sprinkle cheese over the tortilla, add some shredded meat, and fold it in half to create the “quesabirria.” Cook until the tortilla turns crispy and the cheese melts.
  3. Serve: Top the quesabirria with chopped onions, cilantro, and serve with lime wedges and salsa.

Side Dishes

Pair your quesabirria tacos with these flavorful side options:

  • Mexican street corn (elote)
  • Rice and beans
  • Pickled jalapeños

Storage Options

If you have leftover shredded meat, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Assemble fresh quesabirria tacos by crisping the tortillas with cheese and meat when ready to serve.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different ingredients for unique flavors:

  • Try different melting cheeses like cheddar or asadero.
  • Use different meats such as chicken or pork for variety.

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Quesabirria tacos present a unique and savory experience, combining tender, braised meat with a crispy, cheese-coated tortilla, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying taco option. Delight in the fusion of rich, seasoned meat and the crispy, cheese-infused tortilla for a culinary adventure that tantalizes the taste buds!