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Birrieria Diaz serves up delicious Mexican fare

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Enchiladas Mexicanas at Birrieria Diaz in Bethany, Monday, March 9, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Enchiladas Mexicanas at Birrieria Diaz in Bethany, Monday, March 9, 2015.

Thanks to some very shortsighted decisions from the U.S. government, the National Institutes of Health and human rights organizations around the world, my work breeding cattle with pigs inside them has officially stalled.

(Unofficially, look for some very uncomfortable cows out near Pauls Valley.) Well, sorry if nature, religion and decency were offended, but I think America is ready to eat some beork. (That’s beef plus pork. We just made up that word. You’re welcome.)

Until the day you can waltz into Whole Foods and ask to eat this hypothetical abomination before the lord, there is, happily, Birrieria Diaz, 6700 NW 39th St.

I suggest you try the Tacos Diaz ($6.99). Inside your choice of flour or corn tortillas, you will find steak, ham and bacon in the same taco. Not “steak, ham or bacon.” This isn’t amateur hour.

No, that’s a very important “and” — one that comes with melting mozzarella cheese, peppers, onions and tomatoes — that you should treat with equal parts respect and gnawing hunger.

Tacos Diaz at Birrieria Diaz in Bethany, Monday, March 9, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Tacos Diaz at Birrieria Diaz in Bethany, Monday, March 9, 2015.

Is there a chance you will die young if you eat this? Yes. But a better question is, Will your life even be worth living if you don’t eat it? Also yes.

These aren’t three magic tacos filled with solutions for the endless string of mistakes you call a life. But they are very tasty. You might be putting way too much pressure on tacos.

Located in Bethany, Birrieria Diaz is probably best known for its birria — a spicy mix of broth and meat — and rightly so. Birria (small for $6, medium for $8, large for $10) is a feast for the mouth and the eyes. It’s bright red with tender, braised beef or lamb, and it comes with so many fixings on the side that your table will be covered in a rainbow of flavors.

You should get the birria. You will get the birria. But you might also get some other stuff.

That said, I was very taken with the posole verde ($6.99), which did the unthinkable — got me to eat hominy.

As much as I love grits, hominy has never held any appeal for me. It’s watery, the texture is weird and the flavor is off.

Posole Verde at Birrieria Diaz in Bethany, Monday, March 9, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Posole Verde at Birrieria Diaz in Bethany, Monday, March 9, 2015.

Yet the posole at Birrieria Diaz has tons of hominy in it, and it was addictively delicious. It’s a pork and hominy stew, which is filling and satisfying, but it has the mild sweetness of avocado and the zing of tomatillo sauce.

If you’re lucky enough to stop in for breakfast (or if you like breakfast any time of day), check out the huevos rancheros or the spicy eggs ($7 each). Just be sure to ask for your eggs over-easy, because over-medium eggs are going to keep cooking on the plate and nobody wants a cooked-through yolk. Nobody.

A bit more subdued is the Enchiladas Mexicanas ($6.99), which are filled with cheese and onions and covered in red sauce. Add a little kick with the homemade salsa or hot sauce, and give the fried potatoes on the side a shake of salt.

But you should get the Tacos Diaz. They’re too good. And until I figure out why all of my test animals keep becoming sentient, it’s probably the best place to get steak, ham and bacon all in one bite.

Print headline: Birria good, This Mexican fare won’t fix life mistakes, but these authentic, zesty meals might help you forget them for awhile.

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