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Tacos with cheese, meat, cilantro, and onions on white styrofoam food container on the left with a white styrofoam cup of consomme on the right on top of a teal-blue table
Birria and quesabirria tacos from La Tunita 512
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Where to Find Birria Tacos in Austin

The best adobo-stewed beef, fat-dipped tortillas, and steamy consomme for dippin’ and sippin’

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Birria and quesabirria tacos from La Tunita 512
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The birria de res (or “red taco”) craze continues to take over Austin since early 2020, because there’s a lot to love about this Tijuana by way of Los Angeles chile-stained taco trend. Case and point: the quesabirria taco, where the tortilla is griddled in spicy meat broth, then folded around chunks of adobo-stewed beef, and finally, held together by gooey cheese con todo. And don’t forget the cup of consomme (broth) on the side for dipping and sipping. Still, even while many restaurants and trucks in Austin are now making beef birria, others continue to believe that true birria is made exclusively with goat

But no matter what is folded into those taco, the Austin’s expanding birria scene is ready to satisfy the spiciest of cravings — and quickly. From the life-affirming brisket birria at Parker Lane truck La Tunita 512 to the wonderfully spiced birra de chivo served at North Austin taco truck Taquitos Aviles, these tacos can handle the commute better than most, so don’t hesitate to take these orders to-go.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each truck/restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the truck/restaurant themselves.

A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carabao Express

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2309 W Parmer Ln
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 358-1117
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Parmer Lane’s Filipino comfort food restaurant puts a Southeast Asian spin on quesabirria: dunkable tacos that brim with lechon kawali sisig (crispy chopped pork belly). Also worth a try are the more traditional beef birria tacos. Takeout and delivery orders can be made online, and third-party delivery options are also available (Uber Eats). The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services. 

A hand dipping a taco with meat into a shallow plastic cup container with consomme next to cilantro, lime slices, rice, and another tap, on top of a large green leaf
The sisig birria tacos from Carabao Express
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2. Taquito Aviles

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11218 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 574-6985

Alongside satisfying street tacos from the north Austin trailer, Michoacán native Mario Aviles also slings quesabirria tacos — filled with either savory goat or fatty barbacoa — held together by ooey-gooey American cheese. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

A taco on its side filled with yellow cheese and meat in the foreground, and a pile of cilantro and diced onions and a lime, all on top of an aluminium foil-covered plate on a red table
The quesabirria taco from Taquito Aviles
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3. Taqueria Ceibas

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101 E Rundberg Ln
Austin, TX 78753

Tucked away behind a Chevron gas station on Rundberg Lane’s unpretentious taco mile, the Saturday and Sunday-only offerings of Taqueria Ceibas steal the show — specials like menudo, pozole, and, of course, birria de chivo (served in stew or taco form). And for the goat-adverse, try dipping that luscious barbacoa in the consomme; you’ll be glad you did. To-go orders can be placed in person. Keep in mind that the truck accepts only cash. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

A styrofoam plate of two tacos with meat, cilantro, and diced onions on the left next to a styrofoam cup of consomme on a red table
Goat birria and barbacoa tacos with a cup of consomme at Taqueria Ceibas
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4. Pepe’s Tacos

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704 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(737) 203-4175
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This Clarksville trailer offers hearty beef birria that isn’t too nap-inducing in all the usual forms: tacos, tortas, and quesadillas. You can even build your own taco by ordering the truck’s light and flavorful consomme base, tortillas, and beef for just a dollar extra. To-go orders can be placed online or over the phone, and third-party delivery options are available via Grubhub and Uber Eats. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

5. Bomb Tacos

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500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

Perhaps best known as the taco trailer outside East Sixth hipster honky-tonk the White Horse, Bomb Tacos’s two locations serve north and central Austinites gut-busting quesabirria taco and consomme combo plates, alongside stuffed burritos and loaded gorditas. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone. Third-party delivery options are available via services like Uber Eats, GrubHub and Postmates. East Austin host bar White Horse has reopened for on-site services.

6. Hay Elotes

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2214 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 551-2483
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Show-stealing cups of street corn and other indulgent Mexican goodies make this East Austin snack shack’s cheesy birria de res taco offerings something of a hidden gem. Take-out can be ordered in person or over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

7. Taco More

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2015 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 916-8888
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The Riverside location of this staple Mexican eatery serves an excellent birria de chivo stew that can be ordered as a quesabirra taco (the staff will also prepare one with beef, upon request). Takeout can be ordered in person or over the phone. Postmates delivery is also available. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

8. Lechuza Birria Tacos

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3403 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 621-4321
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Sharing a South Lamar ghost kitchen with fellow MSB Hospitality concept Phantasma Kitchen, chef Tim Lane takes inspiration from birria de res’s best qualities. This results in his cheese-smothered chicken, barbacoa, and black bean tacos, each made to be dunked in the house-made consomme. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online. Third-party delivery is also available via services like Postmates and Grubhub.

From above, three tacos with slices of lime on a paper plate, and then four containers of assorted salsas in round containers on top of a wooden table
The birria tacos from Lechuza Birria Tacos
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9. La Tunita 512

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2400 Burleson Rd
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 679-0708
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Gerardo “Jerry” Guerrero’s brisket birria de res breathes spicy life into a menu that is simple by design. Even if you don’t order all five of this south Austin trailer’s menu items (but seriously, why wouldn’t you?), the quesabirria taco is a must. The corn tortilla is replaced with a crispy, plancha griddled disc of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese. Takeout orders can be placed online, and third-party deliveries (Grubhub, Postmates) are also available. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

Tacos with meat, cheese, and cilantro on a black griddle
Quesabirria tacos from La Tunita
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10. El Borrego De Oro

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3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 383-0031

Well before the red taco craze hit Austin, the lamb birria at South Congress’s premier Michoacán-style restaurant was already the stuff of legend. In stew or taco form, the adobo’s bright spice tames the meat’s inherent funk. Takeout orders can be made in person and over the phone, and there are third-party deliveries (Grubhub, Door Dash, Favor). The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

11. Sabor Tapatio

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5604 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 483-4241
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Jalisco native Elin Gonzalez Garcia’s poppin’ South Congress trailer casts a wide culinary net, from migas to buche to ceviche. Yet it’s his quesabirria taco that steals the show, despite not technically being “birria”. It’s actually filled with the similarly prepared barbacoa de estilo Guadalajara — richly seasoned beef stewed alongside earthy spices and aromatics for a final product that can readily scratch any red taco itch. To-go orders can be placed in person or over the phone. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

A hand dipping a taco with cheese, meat, diced onions, and cilantro into a styrofoam cup of consomme, on a brown table
The quesabirria from Sabor Tapatio
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12. Jamie's Barbecue & Mini Tacos

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8006 Bluff Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 430-3402
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With its peppery brisket sandwiches and bite-sized al pastor tacos, the humble South Austin truck delivers what it promises. But blink-and-you’ll-miss the rib-sticking birria de res birria on the menu, available in quesataco, torta, and even birramen form. The latter consists of a large bowl of Tapatío-brand instant ramen with a broth upgrade of consomme and beef. To-go orders can be placed in person. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

A hand dipping a taco with visible cilantro into a styrofoam cup of consomme on top of a red-and-white-checkered food paper liner next to a taco on a wooden table
A quesataco from Jamie’s being dipped in consomme
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13. Tejas Birria

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2390 FM2001
Buda, TX 78610

The “I Love Birria So Much” mural scrawled on the back of Kyle-based taquero Alex Hernandez’s jet-black trailer isn’t just amusing marketing, it’s also a window into his worldly, almost mad-scientist approach to the dish, found in Buda, Texas. Tejas Birria’s offerings range from the traditional quesataco to an inspired Korean-Mex creation of seaweed-wrapped birria kimbap. At the moment, take-out orders can only be placed in person, though the trailer’s online ordering feature is set to debut in February. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

A pile of tacos with cheese, meat, and cilantro on top of a black griddle
Quesatacos from Tejas Birria
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1. Carabao Express

2309 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727
A hand dipping a taco with meat into a shallow plastic cup container with consomme next to cilantro, lime slices, rice, and another tap, on top of a large green leaf
The sisig birria tacos from Carabao Express
Carabao Express/Facebook

Parmer Lane’s Filipino comfort food restaurant puts a Southeast Asian spin on quesabirria: dunkable tacos that brim with lechon kawali sisig (crispy chopped pork belly). Also worth a try are the more traditional beef birria tacos. Takeout and delivery orders can be made online, and third-party delivery options are also available (Uber Eats). The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services. 

2309 W Parmer Ln
Austin, TX 78727

2. Taquito Aviles

11218 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
A taco on its side filled with yellow cheese and meat in the foreground, and a pile of cilantro and diced onions and a lime, all on top of an aluminium foil-covered plate on a red table
The quesabirria taco from Taquito Aviles
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Alongside satisfying street tacos from the north Austin trailer, Michoacán native Mario Aviles also slings quesabirria tacos — filled with either savory goat or fatty barbacoa — held together by ooey-gooey American cheese. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

11218 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

3. Taqueria Ceibas

101 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753
A styrofoam plate of two tacos with meat, cilantro, and diced onions on the left next to a styrofoam cup of consomme on a red table
Goat birria and barbacoa tacos with a cup of consomme at Taqueria Ceibas
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Tucked away behind a Chevron gas station on Rundberg Lane’s unpretentious taco mile, the Saturday and Sunday-only offerings of Taqueria Ceibas steal the show — specials like menudo, pozole, and, of course, birria de chivo (served in stew or taco form). And for the goat-adverse, try dipping that luscious barbacoa in the consomme; you’ll be glad you did. To-go orders can be placed in person. Keep in mind that the truck accepts only cash. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

101 E Rundberg Ln
Austin, TX 78753

4. Pepe’s Tacos

704 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

This Clarksville trailer offers hearty beef birria that isn’t too nap-inducing in all the usual forms: tacos, tortas, and quesadillas. You can even build your own taco by ordering the truck’s light and flavorful consomme base, tortillas, and beef for just a dollar extra. To-go orders can be placed online or over the phone, and third-party delivery options are available via Grubhub and Uber Eats. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

704 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

5. Bomb Tacos

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702

Perhaps best known as the taco trailer outside East Sixth hipster honky-tonk the White Horse, Bomb Tacos’s two locations serve north and central Austinites gut-busting quesabirria taco and consomme combo plates, alongside stuffed burritos and loaded gorditas. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone. Third-party delivery options are available via services like Uber Eats, GrubHub and Postmates. East Austin host bar White Horse has reopened for on-site services.

500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Hay Elotes

2214 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Show-stealing cups of street corn and other indulgent Mexican goodies make this East Austin snack shack’s cheesy birria de res taco offerings something of a hidden gem. Take-out can be ordered in person or over the phone. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

2214 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Taco More

2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

The Riverside location of this staple Mexican eatery serves an excellent birria de chivo stew that can be ordered as a quesabirra taco (the staff will also prepare one with beef, upon request). Takeout can be ordered in person or over the phone. Postmates delivery is also available. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

2015 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741

8. Lechuza Birria Tacos

3403 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
From above, three tacos with slices of lime on a paper plate, and then four containers of assorted salsas in round containers on top of a wooden table
The birria tacos from Lechuza Birria Tacos
Trey Gutierrez/EATX

Sharing a South Lamar ghost kitchen with fellow MSB Hospitality concept Phantasma Kitchen, chef Tim Lane takes inspiration from birria de res’s best qualities. This results in his cheese-smothered chicken, barbacoa, and black bean tacos, each made to be dunked in the house-made consomme. Takeout orders can be placed in person or online. Third-party delivery is also available via services like Postmates and Grubhub.

3403 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. La Tunita 512

2400 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78741
Tacos with meat, cheese, and cilantro on a black griddle
Quesabirria tacos from La Tunita
La Tunita 512/Facebook

Gerardo “Jerry” Guerrero’s brisket birria de res breathes spicy life into a menu that is simple by design. Even if you don’t order all five of this south Austin trailer’s menu items (but seriously, why wouldn’t you?), the quesabirria taco is a must. The corn tortilla is replaced with a crispy, plancha griddled disc of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese. Takeout orders can be placed online, and third-party deliveries (Grubhub, Postmates) are also available. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

2400 Burleson Rd
Austin, TX 78741

10. El Borrego De Oro

3900 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Well before the red taco craze hit Austin, the lamb birria at South Congress’s premier Michoacán-style restaurant was already the stuff of legend. In stew or taco form, the adobo’s bright spice tames the meat’s inherent funk. Takeout orders can be made in person and over the phone, and there are third-party deliveries (Grubhub, Door Dash, Favor). The restaurant has reopened for dine-in services.

3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

11. Sabor Tapatio

5604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745
A hand dipping a taco with cheese, meat, diced onions, and cilantro into a styrofoam cup of consomme, on a brown table
The quesabirria from Sabor Tapatio
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Jalisco native Elin Gonzalez Garcia’s poppin’ South Congress trailer casts a wide culinary net, from migas to buche to ceviche. Yet it’s his quesabirria taco that steals the show, despite not technically being “birria”. It’s actually filled with the similarly prepared barbacoa de estilo Guadalajara — richly seasoned beef stewed alongside earthy spices and aromatics for a final product that can readily scratch any red taco itch. To-go orders can be placed in person or over the phone. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

5604 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78745

12. Jamie's Barbecue & Mini Tacos

8006 Bluff Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78744
A hand dipping a taco with visible cilantro into a styrofoam cup of consomme on top of a red-and-white-checkered food paper liner next to a taco on a wooden table
A quesataco from Jamie’s being dipped in consomme
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

With its peppery brisket sandwiches and bite-sized al pastor tacos, the humble South Austin truck delivers what it promises. But blink-and-you’ll-miss the rib-sticking birria de res birria on the menu, available in quesataco, torta, and even birramen form. The latter consists of a large bowl of Tapatío-brand instant ramen with a broth upgrade of consomme and beef. To-go orders can be placed in person. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

8006 Bluff Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78744

13. Tejas Birria

2390 FM2001, Buda, TX 78610
A pile of tacos with cheese, meat, and cilantro on top of a black griddle
Quesatacos from Tejas Birria
Tejas Birria/Facebook

The “I Love Birria So Much” mural scrawled on the back of Kyle-based taquero Alex Hernandez’s jet-black trailer isn’t just amusing marketing, it’s also a window into his worldly, almost mad-scientist approach to the dish, found in Buda, Texas. Tejas Birria’s offerings range from the traditional quesataco to an inspired Korean-Mex creation of seaweed-wrapped birria kimbap. At the moment, take-out orders can only be placed in person, though the trailer’s online ordering feature is set to debut in February. There are tables available for on-site outdoor dining.

2390 FM2001
Buda, TX 78610

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