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Quesabirria at El Zarape
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Seven Outstanding Mexican Restaurants Specializing in Birria in Las Vegas

The Mexican stew with beef or goat has become a media sensation

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Quesabirria at El Zarape
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Instagram is ripe for images of cheese pulls, making birria tacos, especially its sister quesabirria tacos, the darling of the moment on social media. This Mexican stew starts with marinated beef or goat that then simmers in broth for hours to acquire its tender meat. Birrierias dot Jalisco and its capital, Guadalajara, but birria can be found throughout Mexican cuisine. In Las Vegas, look for smaller Mexican restaurants that specialize in the dish. Order tacos dorados for a crispy version of birria de chivo (goat) or birria de res (beef), and dunk it in the consomé served on the side, or try birria in ramen, burritos, or even on its own in bowl.

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Birria el Compa

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Jalisco-style birria finds a home at Birria el Compa, where birria is the centerpiece of the menu. Consomé comes with any birria or three taco order. Both birria de chivo (goat) and birria de res (beef) are on the menu. Order takeout online.

A crispy taco
Quesabirria at Birria el Compa
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Birrieria Dimas

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This food truck specializes in Mexican beef birria, roasted for up to six hours in consomé, and then shredded and served with or without cheese. Taco dorado brings a crunchy shell, while a burrito with birria comes with rice and beans. Birrieria Dimas also has ramen with birria. Every order comes with an 8-ounce cup of consomé. Order online.

Two plates filled with tacos with a cup of broth
Birria platters at Birrieria Dimas
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Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2

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Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2 specializes in pork dishes, but order the birria estilo Jalisco a la plancha with lamb meat for a change. Takeout available.

A lamb stew
Birria at Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2
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Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop

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This traditional birrieria on the eastside offers a choice of beef or goat Sinaloa-style birria tacos. Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop serves both versions with a side of consomé. Delivery and takeout available.

Two quesabirria tacos with a red soup on the side
Quesabirria tacos at Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop
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El Zarape 2

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El Zarape opened 28 years ago in Fontana, California, and grew into a staple in Las Vegas. El Zarape with its two locations in Las Vegas offers quesabirria tacos with four of the crispy tacos with meat stew and a side of consomé for $9.99. Those in the know order the hot Cheetos quesabirrias off the secret menu. Also at Arville and Hacienda. Call ahead for takeout orders.

A stack of four crispy tacos with cheese and meat stew.
Quesabirria at El Zarape
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664 TJ Birrieria

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Just steps from Wynn Las Vegas, 664 TJ Birrieria specializes in Tijuana-style beef birria served in tacos, the quesabirria with cheese, toasted tortillas, bowls, and tostadas, and they come with a side serving of consomé birria. The restaurant named itself after the area code for Tijuana.

A bowl of birria, Tijuana-style shredded beef stew with a tortilla and Mexican Coke.
A bowl of birria, Tijuana-style shredded beef stew with a tortilla, and Mexican Coke at 664 TJ Birrieria
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Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill

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A whole section of the Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill menu covers birria, whether with or without cheese. One version comes with ramen and other stuff burritos or tops nachos. Order two birria or quesabirria tacos and the consomé is free. Takeout and delivery available.

Two crispy tacos with beef
Birria tacos at Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill
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Birria el Compa

A crispy taco
Quesabirria at Birria el Compa
Birria el Compa/Facebook

Jalisco-style birria finds a home at Birria el Compa, where birria is the centerpiece of the menu. Consomé comes with any birria or three taco order. Both birria de chivo (goat) and birria de res (beef) are on the menu. Order takeout online.

A crispy taco
Quesabirria at Birria el Compa
Birria el Compa/Facebook

Birrieria Dimas

Two plates filled with tacos with a cup of broth
Birria platters at Birrieria Dimas
Birrieria Dimas/Facebook

This food truck specializes in Mexican beef birria, roasted for up to six hours in consomé, and then shredded and served with or without cheese. Taco dorado brings a crunchy shell, while a burrito with birria comes with rice and beans. Birrieria Dimas also has ramen with birria. Every order comes with an 8-ounce cup of consomé. Order online.

Two plates filled with tacos with a cup of broth
Birria platters at Birrieria Dimas
Birrieria Dimas/Facebook

Carnitas y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2

A lamb stew
Birria at Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2
Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2/Facebook

Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2 specializes in pork dishes, but order the birria estilo Jalisco a la plancha with lamb meat for a change. Takeout available.

A lamb stew
Birria at Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2
Carnitas Y Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara 2/Facebook

Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop

Two quesabirria tacos with a red soup on the side
Quesabirria tacos at Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop
Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop/Facebook

This traditional birrieria on the eastside offers a choice of beef or goat Sinaloa-style birria tacos. Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop serves both versions with a side of consomé. Delivery and takeout available.

Two quesabirria tacos with a red soup on the side
Quesabirria tacos at Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop
Los Arcos Birrieria y Taco Shop/Facebook

El Zarape 2

A stack of four crispy tacos with cheese and meat stew.
Quesabirria at El Zarape
El Zarape/Facebook

El Zarape opened 28 years ago in Fontana, California, and grew into a staple in Las Vegas. El Zarape with its two locations in Las Vegas offers quesabirria tacos with four of the crispy tacos with meat stew and a side of consomé for $9.99. Those in the know order the hot Cheetos quesabirrias off the secret menu. Also at Arville and Hacienda. Call ahead for takeout orders.

A stack of four crispy tacos with cheese and meat stew.
Quesabirria at El Zarape
El Zarape/Facebook

664 TJ Birrieria

A bowl of birria, Tijuana-style shredded beef stew with a tortilla and Mexican Coke.
A bowl of birria, Tijuana-style shredded beef stew with a tortilla, and Mexican Coke at 664 TJ Birrieria
664 TJ Birrieria/Facebook

Just steps from Wynn Las Vegas, 664 TJ Birrieria specializes in Tijuana-style beef birria served in tacos, the quesabirria with cheese, toasted tortillas, bowls, and tostadas, and they come with a side serving of consomé birria. The restaurant named itself after the area code for Tijuana.

A bowl of birria, Tijuana-style shredded beef stew with a tortilla and Mexican Coke.
A bowl of birria, Tijuana-style shredded beef stew with a tortilla, and Mexican Coke at 664 TJ Birrieria
664 TJ Birrieria/Facebook

Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill

Two crispy tacos with beef
Birria tacos at Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill
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A whole section of the Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill menu covers birria, whether with or without cheese. One version comes with ramen and other stuff burritos or tops nachos. Order two birria or quesabirria tacos and the consomé is free. Takeout and delivery available.

Two crispy tacos with beef
Birria tacos at Ay! Jalisco Mexican Grill
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