Birria fans will be pleased to know that Disneyland is now offering a Birria Toasted Cheese Sandwich, as spotted by TikTok user @disneydaydreamer.
The Birria Toasted Cheese Sandwich comes with a side of consomé for prime time dipping and dunking. If you’ve got a craving for some birria, head on over to Jolly Holiday in Disneyland to get your cheesy, saucy fix.
Birria is in a great place right now, where it has bucked the idea of being just a trend, cementing its popularity as a culinary mainstay. It has now infiltrated the fast food space, first at El Pollo Loco and now, at Baja Fresh as Birria Tacos.
For a limited time only, from April 11 to July 10, Baja Fresh will serve up Birria Tacos along with a Churro and new Dulce de Leche dipping sauce. The Birria Tacos will come a la carte or as a combo that’s made up of mild chile-soaked corn tortillas stuffed with marinated steak, cheese, salsa and topped with onions and cilantro. It will be accompanied by a side of chile beef consomé for dipping, rice, and choice of black or pinto beans.
The more birria content, the better I say. The popular Mexican stew isn’t a trend, it’s here to stay. With such booming fame in the past couple of years on social media a slew of different takes and birria-inspired menu items. Even El Pollo Loco helped spread the birria gospel on a national level with their new birria menu lineup.
This time around we are treated to knowing that birria chicken wings exist. Spotted by TikTok account @thefirstdatedude, the wings can be found at Capullo Cucina Mexicana in Walnut Creek, California and Alameda, California.
Just watching the slow motion shot of delectable birria-glazed chicken wings getting dunked in rich consomé is enough to set off a major craving. Forget a fly outfit, this is the type of drip that I’m smashing the like button for.
The popularity of quesabirria has surged within the past number of years, with the Tijuana product taking Los Angeles by storm and then letting its frenzy spread globally. As popular as it is, mainstream chain restaurants still haven’t fully hopped on its hype train, save for El Pollo Loco debuting birria within the past month, and now, Norms Restaurants.
The Southern California diner staple recently debuted a quesabirria menu lineup of four new items: 1/4 Beef Quesabirria Burger, Braised Beef Chilaquiles, Shredded Beef Omelette, and Quesabirria Fries. All of these choices include Norms’ take on birria, which is tender, slowly braised beef seasoned with chiles, onion, tomato, garlic, and traditional herbs and spices.
Norms’ new Quesabirria lineup will be available from February 2 through May 7. Check out the shots below to see the rest of the menu items:
For those who love birria, Del Real Foods just dropped a Birria Taco Kit that simplifies making the braised, shredded beef at home. It makes 5 double-stacked tacos in just 5 minutes of heating, making it a super quick option for a tasty gluten-free meal – or something fun you can use to transform into a creative new dish.
That’s exactly what Foodbeast Chris did with the birria taco kit. He drew inspiration from the viral birria fusions that have taken over social media, like Birria Pizza or Birria Tamales.
However, Chris made one that uses just the core ingredients of birria and transforms them into a new dish: Birria Lasagna.
Instead of pasta, this lasagna uses layers of tortillas that have Oaxacan cheese fried into them. The birria from the Del Real kit makes it super easy to construct, and all you need is the kit, some Oaxacan cheese, queso fresco, and whatever toppings you desire what the lasagna is baked.
Below is Chris’s recipe he used to make this tasty and easy Birria Lasagna.
1 Del Real Foods Birria Taco Kit (get your own here or see if it’s any local stores near you)
12 oz Oaxacan cheese
10 oz queso fresco
Crema for garnish
Cilantro for garnish
Finely chopped white onions for garnish
Preheat your birria according to package instructions, in the microwave for 3-3 1/2 minutes.
Add a generous layer of Oaxacan cheese to a frying pan or cast-iron skillet. It should be about as wide as your tortillas from the Del Real kit.
Dip a tortilla into the consomme on each side, then place on top of the cheese so it melts into the tortilla and gets crispy on the other side. Repeat for each tortilla.
Construct your lasagna in a baking dish. Start with a layer of cheese-fried tortillas, then top with birria and a layer of crumbled queso fresco.
Repeat until your baking dish is full. Top the entire thing with some consomme and more Oaxacan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes to ensure the cheese gets crispy.
Let cool slightly to set, then cut a portion to your liking. Garnish with crema, cilantro, and chopped white onion.
Birria has been booming on social media for the past couple of years now and it was bound to happen that it would reach the masses via a national chain.
El Pollo Loco has stepped up to give the people what they want and will be the first quick service restaurant to serve Mexican Shredded Beef Birria on its menu.
For those unfamiliar, birria is a traditional stew made with a combination of meat and spices and is often recognized as one of the most celebrated dishes from the Mexican state of Jalisco. El Pollo Loco’s Beef Birria is available in three new entrees served with a dippable birria consomé, which is a savory beef broth with garlic, chili, and lime.
Here’s the lowdown on the new birria lineup at El Pollo Loco:
Shredded Beef Birria Stuffed Quesadilla – Filled with El Pollo Loco tender Mexican Shredded Beef Birria, melted cheese, fresh avocado, chopped onions and cilantro. Shredded Beef Birria Burrito – Filled with El Pollo Loco tender Mexican Shredded Beef Birria, cheese, sour cream, rice, beans, cabbage, chopped onions, and cilantro. Shredded Beef Birria Crunchy Tacos – Two Crunchy tacos filled with El Pollo Loco tender Mexican Shredded Beef Birria, cheese, chopped onion, and cilantro.
Fans should act fast if they want to get in on the birria action, as the Shredded Beef Birria menu at El Pollo Loco will only be available for a limited time until June 1, 2022.
Within the bustle and assortment of garment and textile shops in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles is an unassuming food court that houses Cilantro Lime, a Mexican restaurant that knows what the “eat with your eyes first” generation of diners wants and understands how to capitalize on it.
Cilantro Lime’s menu reads off as a savvy dive into Instagram-worthy dishes, ones that make our ears and palates perk up after getting wind of them. A bacon-wrapped street dog that’s topped with carne asada fries? Check. Esquite fries that marry Mexican street corn and French fries in some drool-worthy matrimony? Check. And now, for their latest triumph, a Birria Breakfast Muffin.
No, we’re not talking about muffin as in cousin of the cupcake type muffin. We’re talking about a juicy birria-charged bad boy that would effectively bully the Egg McMuffin we all know and love.
It all starts with two breakfast muffin slices dipped in consomé then cooked up on the flat top, then layered with griddled cheese so that it acts as a crispy layer of deliciousness that fences in the tender birria and fried egg. Yup, just like that.
So yes, do take my word for it and yes, do start with my three recos for Cilantro Lime, as seen above. Let those be your gateway drug to a menu that will have your eyes feasting as much as your hungry stomachs.
Birria’s been booming, and Los Angeles is at the epicenter of the craze. We’ve seen the wonder of this Mexican dish skyrocket in popularity, serving as a catalyst for different applications of the dish to come to fruition. From pizzas to ramen to now burgers, birria’s appeal is universal.
Recognizing and showing love to the craze is East Los Angeles’s A’s BBQ, a craft barbecue pop-up owned by Alan Cruz that touts itself as ‘East Los Soul BBQ’. At A’s they’re now offering the LA Craze Burger, which features smash patties seasoned with his proprietary birria rub, chile de árbol aioli, American and Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and a 24-hour bone broth reduction encapsulated in a vial and crowning the burger triumphantly, serving as the consomé that accompanies birria.
“When creating this burger. I didn’t want to just load a burger with birria. I wanted to give you guys the experience of birria in the most “burger” way possible,” explained Cruz. The vial of bone broth reduction on top is meant to be used “as a sauce or straight sauce up the bun with it, instead of dunking [into the consomé].
Cruz admits that this is an extremely untraditional burger, and it seems he’s covered both extremes of the spectrum, as this LA Craze Burger is also the furthest from traditional birria.
This delicious rule-bending burger is now available at A’s BBQ in East Los Angeles, California.