Where to Try Birria in the Portland Area

Papi Chulo's, Birrieria PDX, and More
March 31, 2022
Papi Chulo's serves up cheesy, succulent queso birria tacos with savory consommé. (Papi Chulo's)

Birria has been in the spotlight for quite some time now, and the craze shows no sign of dying down anytime soon. The spicy stewed Mexican meat dish, often made with goat or beef and frequently served in tacos, has gotten a boost in the U.S. in recent years, thanks in part to Instagram, TikTok, and a starring role in an episode of Netflix's irresistible food documentary series Taco Chronicles. It's not difficult to understand why the trend has caught on: The succulent meat lends itself well to a myriad of photogenic permutations, from the in-demand "quesabirria" tacos (a kind of crispy quesadilla-taco hybrid with birria and melty cheese) to more unusual creations like birria ramen, birria pizza, birria fries, and more. We've rounded up a list of places serving the popular dish in the Portland area, so you can go see what the hype is about for yourself. Whatever you do, don't forget a cup of the salty consommé broth for dunking your tacos, French dip-style. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Birrieria Carlos Add to a List
This birria truck has tacos, quesabirria, mulitas, burritos, and even birria ramen and birria pizza.
Happy Valley
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Birrieria Jalisco Add to a List
Named for the region where birria originates from, this cart serves birria plates, tacos, bowls, vampiros (corn tortilla tacos with melty cheese, cooked on a grill until crunchy), mulitas, burritos, quesadillas, birria en caldo, and more.

Birrieria La Plaza Add to a List
Head to this cheerful red cart for birria tucked into tacos, "quesotacos," tostadas, burritos, and more. If indecision strikes, try the plaza plate, which contains a taco, tostada, a mulita, a quesadilla, and a cup of the consommé, all for $10. Quench your birria-induced thirst with house-made aguas frescas.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Birrieria Los 7 Hermanos Add to a List
Traditionally, birria is made with goat (known as "birria de chivo"). You can find both braised goat and beef at this Gresham spot, which serves the meat simply on its own in soupy consommé or in tacos with soft corn tortillas.
Pickup, dine-in 

Birrieria PDX
Fans rave about this family-owned birria truck, which was one of the first quesabirria destinations to land on the scene in Portland and now operates four locations. A standout menu item is the birria ramen, which is made with Tapatío instant ramen noodle soup mix rehydrated with birria broth. For variety, try the sampler, which comes with a taco, a quesotaco, a vampiro, a mulita, and consommé.
Centennial, Buckman, Lents, Beaverton
Pickup, dine-in, drive-thru

Birrieria Pepe Chile
A spinoff from the taqueria and catering company Pepe Chile, this cart with locations on N Williams Ave and in the CORE food cart pod serves modern mash-ups like birria nachos and birria fries in addition to more traditional offerings like sopas, pozole, and birria en caldo.
Boise, Lents
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Fabos Tacos Add to a List
Billing itself as "Portland's first taco window," this walk-up spot has you covered for all your late-night birria cravings.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, delivery

La Birria Republic Add to a List
This cart inside the Carts on Foster pod offers all the usual birria suspects in addition to items like the "Quesa Birria Monster" (flour tortilla, birria, French fries, cheese, guacamole, onions, and cilantro with a side of consommé) and the "Kill Bill Chilaquiles Torta" (Mexican bread, birria, chilaquiles, cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream).
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

La Taquiza Vegana Add to a List
Those looking for a plant-based birria option will want to check out this vegan spot, which serves a version made with guajillo-spiced jackfruit, cilantro, and onions.
Mount Tabor
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

La Tía Juana Taqueria Add to a List
This taqueria serves quesabirria tacos in addition to a range of other Tijuana-style tacos with handmade tortillas.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

Niños Birrieria Add to a List
This truck outside Motorcycle Public House offers several dishes with birria in addition to house-made aguas frescas, which can be topped with optional sour candy.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

OG Birrieria Add to a List
Once you've stuffed yourself silly into a birria-induced stupor, cap off your meal with churros or sweet fried plantains at this truck located in the parking lot of the downtown Hillsboro Grocery Outlet.
Pickup, dine-in

Papi Chulo's Add to a List
The Jalisco-style taqueria has earned a loyal following for its birria tacos and burritos.
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Rose City Taqueria Add to a List
This neighborhood taqueria also serves both goat and beef birria.
St. Johns
Pickup, dine-in

Tacos El Patron Add to a List
Located off of the TV Highway, this truck serves a variety of birria-stuffed delights on the weekends.
Pickup, dine-in

Vegan Junk Food Add to a List  
This plant-based comfort food spot serves vegan birria tacos made with jackfruit cooked in a spicy sauce, served in crispy corn tortillas with dairy-free cheddar and cotija cheese and jalapeño crudo.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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