On this episode of Una Mordida Tacos Tijuana, our host Chef Danny Betancourt went to “Tacos Río” located at Guadalupe Victoria 20, Zona Urbana Río, specifically right next to Mercado Hidalgo. On this occasion he tried two tacos: a birria taco priced at $1.75 dollars ($35 pesos) and a quesabirria (birria with cheese) taco priced at $3.75 dollars ($75 pesos).
The first thing to note about this taco was the fried tortillas which were drenched in grease as it is usual in this type of tacos. It also has beef birria, asadero cheese, onion, coriander, and salsa. When he took his first bite, Chef Danny confirmed that that the sauce was quite spicy.
The meat was very soft and one could tell that it had been cooked for hours. Danny described this quesabirria as ideal to eat at 5 AM to cure a hangover. The cheese flavor was present without overshadowing the meat, in fact, it helped it to distinguish itself due to its neutral flavor. The cheese made a long string when bitten. Something else to note is that the quesabirria was quite greasy and this is why this taco gets a rating of 9.0.
Price: $3.75 dollars ($75 pesos)
This taco has beef birria, onion, cilantro, sauce, and is served on two corn tortillas, one soft and one fried, with both of them being drenched in the birria broth’s grease. Just like in the previous taco, the salsa was quite spicy and Danny said that its spiciness level was 8.9.
Our host claimed that he enjoyed the contrast of textures since the outer tortilla was quite fried and, when bitten, it was mixed with the softness of the second tortilla. The meat and the birria juices were used to soften this taco a little bit more. This is why this taco gets a rating of 8.6.
Price: $1.75 dollars ($35 pesos)
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