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Plato de birria.jpg
Birria and condiments
Place of originMexico
Region or stateJalisco
Main ingredientsmeat (typically goat or sheep), dried chili peppers

Birria (Spanish: [ˈbirja] (About this soundlisten)) is a Mexican dish from the state of Jalisco.[1] The dish is a spicy stew, traditionally made from goat meat or mutton, but occasionally from beef or chicken.[1] The dish is often served at celebratory occasions, such as weddings and baptisms, and holidays, such as Christmas and Easter.[1] It is also suggested as a hangover remedy.[1] Preparation techniques vary, but the dish is often served with corn tortillas, onion, and lime.[1] Traditionally, the meat is marinated in adobo spices.[1]

In Mexican culture[edit]

Restaurants or street carts that serve birria are known as birrierias and exist throughout Mexico, especially in Jalisco and its capital, Guadalajara.[1] Birria is an icon of the cultural identity of the jalisciences (people of Jalisco) and especially the tapatíos (people of Guadalajara).[1] However, neighboring Mexican states have their own variations of the dish: the birria estilo Zacatecas of Zacatecas and the birria de Colima of Colima.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rafael Hernández, "Birria," in Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions, Vol. 1 (2012, ed. María Herrera-Sobek).