I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but Birria has recently blown up in Borderland. I'm part of a foodies group and for a while there, it seemed like every other post was "where can I find Birria?" and was just inundated with pictures of Birria tacos.

I don't want to sound like a hater, I like Birria, and the trend does seem to be dying down, but for a moment there, it was all everyone wanted. Now, the El Paso foodies want everyone to remember that what you're eating might not be considered Birria, technically.

Traditional Birria is made with goat meat and various spices, herbs, and chiles like guajillo and ancho that adds tons of flavor and softens the goat meat. Once prepared, Birria tacos are paired and served with a side of consommé for dipping.

Since the resurgence of Birria, many different versions of it have become quite popular like Birria quesadillas, Birria ramen, even vegan Birria (weird, I know) but what a lot of places are using isn't goat, they're using beef, which is still pretty good, but not actual Birria. Some places do call it "beef Birria" or "Birria de res" but serious foodies know, it's technically not the real thing. And now, El Paso Foodies want you know, don't call it Birria if it's not from a goat.

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Some foodies had thoughts on the subject:

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So what do we call it instead? Someone let me know.

In the meantime, let people like what they like whether it be authentic goat Birria or beef Birria; either way, it's all good. Now, does anyone know where I could find Birria ramen?

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