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Birria Bonanza: 14 Must-Try Spots for Tasty Tacos in Austin

As a local in Austin, I have had my fair share of tacos. But recently, there has been one type of taco that has taken the city by storm – birria tacos.

These delicious tacos originate from the state of Jalisco in Mexico and have quickly become a fan favorite in Austin.

What makes birria tacos unique is the meat used in them. Traditionally made with goat meat, the meat is slow-cooked for hours with a combination of herbs and spices until it becomes tender and flavorful.

The meat is then shredded and served in a warm tortilla with a side of consommé, a savory broth made from the same herbs and spices used in the cooking process.

In Austin, there are numerous places that serve birria tacos, each with their own unique twist on the classic dish.

From food trucks to sit-down restaurants, you can find birria tacos all over the city. But with so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to go for the best birria tacos.

In this blog post, I will be sharing my top picks for the best places to get birria tacos in Austin. I have scoured the city, trying out different restaurants and food trucks, and have narrowed down my list to the top spots that I believe serve the most delicious birria tacos.

So, whether you're a local or just visiting, be sure to check out these spots for a taste of the best birria tacos in Austin.

1. Granny's Tacos

Granny's Tacos
1401 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Google Maps)

Granny's Tacos is a no-frills food truck that serves some of the best birria tacos in town. The savory, tender, and moist meat is the highlight of every dish.

The menu offers a variety of tacos, burritos, and tortas, all at an economical price point.

The service is quick, and the wooden benches provide a relaxed atmosphere to savor every bite.

If you're in the mood for some mouthwatering birria tacos, Granny's Tacos is the place to be.

2. Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine

Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine
9012 Research Blvd Unit C-6, Austin, TX 78758 (Google Maps)

Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine is a must-visit for anyone looking for delicious birria tacos. The customer service is exceptional and the food is outstanding.

The restaurant uses compostable packaging which is a plus for the environment. The vegan options are impressive and the flavors are authentic.

The portion sizes are just right, making it a great value for money. The restaurant can get busy during peak hours, but ordering ahead online is an option.

The spicy habanero option is a must-try. The restaurant is a great find and definitely worth a visit for its tasty and authentic Mexican cuisine.

3. La Tunita 512

La Tunita 512
2400 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78741 (Google Maps)

La Tunita 512 is a food truck that serves some of the best birria tacos in town. The tacos are juicy, flavorful, and come with handmade corn tortillas.

The quesotaco, with a cheese-encrusted tortilla, is a must-try. The service is friendly, and the wait times are reasonable.

Keep in mind that the truck is not always in operation, so check their Instagram account before heading over.

If you're a fan of authentic Mexican food and looking for a hidden gem, La Tunita 512 is definitely worth a visit.

4. Vaquero Taquero

Vaquero Taquero
104 E 31st St, Austin, TX 78705 (Google Maps)

Vaquero Taquero is a taco place that started off as a cart and has now turned into a brick and mortar restaurant.

They specialize in homemade tortillas and have a no-nonsense vibe. The birria tacos are decent, but could have had more cheese.

The al pastor taco is a standout and the Nopales taco is also worth trying. The seating area is a bit tight, but the service is friendly and attentive.

Prices are affordable and the Pina Agua Fresca is a refreshing drink option.

5. Tacos La Catrina

Tacos La Catrina
15400 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78717 (Google Maps)

Tacos La Catrina is a must-visit for anyone looking for delicious birria tacos.

The menu is simple, with a focus on birria, but the flavors are anything but. The beef is tender and juicy, with just the right amount of spice.

The salsa is also excellent, adding a nice kick to the tacos. The staff is friendly and the service is quick.

The prices are reasonable, making this a great spot for a quick lunch or dinner. Don't miss out on this gem of a restaurant!

6. Rosita's Al Pastor

Rosita's Al Pastor
1801 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Google Maps)

Rosita's Al Pastor is a must-visit for anyone in search of mouth-watering birria tacos.

The goat meat is cooked to perfection and pairs perfectly with the consome.

The homemade corn tortillas are a standout feature that adds to the overall experience.

The service is fast and friendly, and the prices are reasonable. A great option for a quick and delicious meal.

7. Taqueria Jessica

Taqueria Jessica
7221 McNeil Dr, Austin, TX 78729 (Google Maps)

Taqueria Jessica is a must-visit place for birria tacos. The Quesa Birria Tacos are a must-try and are priced reasonably.

The staff is friendly and the seating area is covered, making it perfect for outdoor dining.

The salsa is delicious and available in larger containers. The migas breakfast taco and bean & cheese burrito are also highly recommended.

Taqueria Jessica is the real deal for authentic Mexican food.

8. Rositas Food Truck

Rositas Food Truck
1801 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Google Maps)

Looking for some of the best birria tacos in town, then look no further than Rositas Food Truck. Their tacos are cooked to perfection and come out quickly.

The salsa is spicy but has amazing flavor. The quality of the tacos is unparalleled and will leave you feeling satisfied.

The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming. Don't let the long line discourage you, the wait is worth it.

Make sure to try their freshly made flour tortillas and their pineapple agua fresca. This food truck is a must-visit for anyone looking for delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine.

9. Sabor Tapatio

Sabor Tapatio
5604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745 (Google Maps)

Sabor Tapatio is a Mexican restaurant that serves up some of the best birria tacos in town.

The barbacoa is also a must-try, and the crispy tacos come topped with grilled onions and avocado crema.

The food is authentic and made with fresh ingredients, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The prices are fair, and the portions are generous.

Whether you're in the mood for tacos, tortas, or burritos, Sabor Tapatio has you covered. Don't miss out on this South Austin gem!

10. AUTENTICOS MICHOACANOS

Autenticos Michoacanos
2005 Southern Oaks Dr, Austin, TX 78745 (Google Maps)

AUTENTICOS MICHOACANOS is a food truck that serves some of the best birria tacos in the city.

The homemade tortillas and fresh condiments add to the already delicious flavors of the birria meat.

The menu can be overwhelming at first, but it's worth trying different items as they all hit the mark in terms of consistency, portion, seasoning, and timeliness.

The friendly and attentive staff make the experience even better. If you're looking for authentic Mexican street food, AUTENTICOS MICHOACANOS is definitely worth checking out.

11. Birrieria Lopez Cabrera

Birrieria Lopez Cabrera
6300 #4 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744 (Google Maps)

Birrieria Lopez Cabrera is a Mexican restaurant that serves some of the best birria tacos in town.

The made-to-order tacos are bursting with flavor and the consome is a standout. The salsas are also flavorful, with a spicy red sauce that packs a punch.

Customers rave about the quesabirria tacos and many consider this spot a must-try. The friendly staff and great customer service make for a pleasant dining experience.

If you're a fan of birria tacos, Birrieria Lopez Cabrera is definitely worth checking out.

12. Los Danzantes ATX

Los Danzantes Atx
8504 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745 (Google Maps)

If you're looking for some of the best birria tacos in town, look no further than Los Danzantes ATX.

The birria ramen and quesadilla are must-tries, and the tacos are seasoned to perfection with crispy shells.

The customer service is top-notch and the portions are generous.

This authentic Mexican restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie in the area.

13. Taquito Aviles

Taquito Aviles
11218 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753 (Google Maps)

If you're looking for the best birria tacos in town, look no further than Taquito Aviles.

This food truck serves up delicious and authentic Mexican cuisine that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

The birria tacos are a must-try, with perfectly seasoned meat and a spicy consommé that will warm you up from the inside out.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the prices are reasonable for the quality of food you receive. Don't miss out on this hidden gem for your next taco craving.

14. Taqueria la luna

Taqueria La Luna
10104 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753 (Google Maps)

If you're looking for authentic Guanajuato-style Mexican cuisine, Taqueria la Luna is the place to be.

This hidden gem serves up some of the best birria tacos in town, along with fresh menudo and other classic dishes like pastor tacos and fajitas.

The staff is friendly and the food is prepared to perfection.

Don't miss out on this must-try spot for true Mexican cuisine.