Essential T: Michoacan-Style Goat Birria Tacos at Birria El Güero

When it comes to street food, you can always trust a güero or güera

The very best Mexican foods start with the letter T—tacos, tortas, tlayudas. Here we showcase the tastiest “T” bites from the streets of L.A.

Are you beginning to see a pattern here? I’m often asked how I find new places and while my answer is usually evasive, not because it’s such a secret, but because it’s a set of practices that I don’t think would be useful to other people, it’s just something that works for me. But, one thing I can share is that any time a street food vendor is called Güero or Güera (masculine and feminine for a blonde or a fair-skinned person), you should pull over and give it a try.

There are many reasons why someone acquires the nickname güero in a Mexican family, but when the said güero or güera opens a street food stand they are predetermined to become tight with their clients, and tend to reciprocate that affection with great food.  As I approached the sizable line at Birria El Güero I heard customers one by one call out, “4 tacos, Güero!” “Que onda, Güero?” (What’s up Güero?) Believe it or not, this method is science! Okay, not really, but it’s close.

Goat birria at Birria El Güero
Birria at Birria El Güero

El Güero’s food truck serves up tender, juicy Michoacan-style birria tacos with various cuts including ribs and shanks full of bone marrow—grab a straw or something to dig it out—served with handmade tortillas. Birria El Güero joins Tacos La Güera and Pollos Asados Al Carbon El Güero on the list of L.A.’s own distinguished Güeros/Güeras. So what’s in a name?—deliciousness.

Birria El Güero, NE corner of E. Slauson Ave. and Holmes Ave., Huntington Park, weekend mornings until the birria runs out