Hailing from Jalisco, this Mexican specialty sees adobo-marinated meat cooked in a broth and served with corn tortillas, onion, coriander and lime. Whether you fancy the traditional goat or beef, or something totally different, these are the best places to find the street food staple right here in London, from west to east and everywhere in between. Looking for the best birria tacos near you? Coming right up…
Birria Taco UK
As the name would suggest, this West London favourite is cooking up authentic Cal-Mex-style dishes that also happen to be halal. After moving from its previous Edgware Road home, Birria Tacos have taken over the Bait Lounge on Edgware High Street. You’ll find the warm meaty stew paired with onions, shredded cheese and all the usual suspects, plus a red, stewy sauce for dipping. Options include the classic taco alongside beef birria ramen, loaded nachos, vegan options and churros – all washed down with a variety of Jarritos.
💸: £15 for beef birria tacos
📍: DarMarrakech, 422 Edgware Road, London W2 1EG
🚉: Edgware Road or Warwick Avenue stations
Southern California and Northern Mexico come together under the arches of Deptford Market Yard. Cooked for 6 hours, Taca Tacos’ staple beef birria is available in a quesataco, softshell or broth form, as well as a combo of all three. Non-meat eaters can choose between the likes of Baja fish, pulled shrooms and house black beans. Don’t miss the monthly specials either – recent editions have included a mouthwatering banh mi taco and Halloween pumpkin flavour.
💸: £16 for the birria combo
📍: Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4BX
🚉: Deptford station
Located in the heart of Marylebone, Cavita serves ceviche, tostadas, esquites and more gorgeous Mexican plates. Their birria recipe sees smoked beef shin birria smothered in adobo sauce, topped with crispy cheese and paired with a veal bone consomé for dipping every last morsel. After lapping up the best birria tacos in central London, venture downstairs where the secret agave-focussed Mayahuel bar offers a menu of tequila and mezcal-soaked cocktails.
💸: £14 for the smoked beef shin quesabirria
📍: 60 Wigmore Street, Marylebone Village, London W1U 2RZ
🚉: Oxford Street or Bond Street station
Dos Mas Tacos
Currently operating out of Fairgame, Dos Mas Tacos is home to the finest birria tacos in Canary Wharf. What started out as a market stall has made way for kitchen residencies at top London bars like Satan’s Whiskers, and KERB at the National Theatre. You can expect a slice of Latin American flavour, with tacos such as chicken tinga, cauliflower vegano and beef birria made with spicy tomato salsa and beef jus.
💸: 2 for £10 or 3 for £13 tacos
📍: 25 Fisherman’s Walk, London E14 4DH
🚉: Canary Wharf station
Image credit: Dos Mas Tacos x Fairgame