Quesabirrias as served at Pablo's Tacos and Beer in Indio, California, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Season 35.
Recipe courtesy of Pablo's Tacos & Beer


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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 50 min
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 1 serving



Salsa Birriera:


  1. On a large skillet or comal, heat up the tortillas with the oil to make them crispy. Add the Chihuahua cheese and Birria meat, then let the cheese melt for 1 minute. Drop 2 ounces of the Birria broth on top of the quesabirrias, then fold and let them get crispy on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip and let them get crispy on the other side, another 2 minutes, then remove to a plate.
  2. Put the onion and cilantro in a 6-ounce soup cup and fill with the remaining 6 ounces Birria broth. Serve on the plate with the quesabirrias, then add the Mexican grilled onion, grilled serrano pepper, the lime wedge and the Salsa Birriera to complete the dish.
  3. The best way to eat them is by putting some salsa inside the quesabirria, and some in the broth. Squeeze the lime in the broth as well, then roll your quesabirria, dip it in and enjoy.


  1. Cut the meat into big chunks, then put them in a pot with 1 gallon of water and put it on the heat.
  2. In a small pot, make an adobo, using the peppers, garlic, tomatillos, tomatoes and 1/2 gallon water. Boil for 10 minutes, then blend and add to the pot with the meat. Add the vinegar, oregano, salt, cumin, pepper and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover the pot and let simmer until the meat is tender, 1 hour 30 minutes. Separate the meat and the broth for easier handling.

Salsa Birriera:

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
  1. Roast the arbol chiles, tomatillos, tomatoes and garlic on a comal or skillet, turning occasionally, until they look almost burnt; the peppers and garlic take about 5 minutes, and the tomatillos and tomatoes take 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a blender, then add the salt and blend them together.
  3. In a pot, heat up the lard for 2 minutes, then add the salsa. Bring it to boil for 3 minutes, then stir and check the seasoning. Remove from the heat and let it cool down to enjoy with your favorite birria preparation.

Cook’s Note

You can also put some onion and cilantro inside the quesabirria for extra flavor. When you make birria, a little bit of fat will be sitting on top of the pot. Separate it and use it instead of the oil to crisp the tortillas and give them better flavor. You can use the Salsa Birriera with anything you want. It is a little spicy, but delicious.