If you love tacos, we have a tasty vegan variation for your to try, inspired by the classic birria tacos from Jalisco, Mexico. We swapped meat with jackfruit but cooked it the same way as in the traditional recipe. It's such an irresistible dish we bet it'll become your new taco-Tuesday favourite. Sounds good? Let's do it!
The term birria refers to the process of preparing and cooking the filling, which varies slightly from your classic taco stuffing. Birria is actually a dish of marinated meat (usually goat meat) that is stewed in a chilli-based, herby broth called adobo. It can be enjoyed on its own, but it's often used as a taco stuffing along with chopped onions and fresh cilantro.
Turning birria into a vegan-friendly recipe is super easy, thanks to our versatile friend jackfruit. The young and unripe green fruit is not sweet at all, but it has a rather neutral taste. This means it can soak in the flavours of the herbs or spices it is mixed with. Moreover, it has a wonderful "meaty" consistency and can be easily pulled into shreds as one would do with cooked meat. It's the perfect plant-based meat replacement for these tacos!
Preparing birria tacos takes a little bit of extra time than regular tacos, but the end result is absolutely worth it. First, you have to marinate the jackfruit chunks in the adobo sauce and then stew them for about half an hour in the broth before "pulling" them into shreds.
The adobo sauce is what sets these tacos apart. It consists of dried chillies simmered in broth with spices, herbs, onions, and ginger, all blended into a dark sauce. You'll need dried whole red chillies for this, possibly mildly spicy. Ancho or guajillo chillies are the perfect choice, but if you can't find them, you can use dried paprika chillies instead.
What we love the most about birria tacos is that the corn tortillas are first soaked in the adobo broth and then sizzled in a skillet until crispy and browned. This step adds a lot of flavour and makes the tacos simply irresistible! And the great news is one of these beauties has only 170 calories, meaning you can enjoy two or three of them and make a meal out of it. Super!