Where it's from: Jalisco
What it is: This festive dish (which you can also see as the main image of this article) is a holiday staple, consisting of stewed lamb, goat, beef, or mutton. The broth it's cooked in is made of chili peppers, and usually seasoned with hints of cinnamon, cumin, and cloves -- and it can also be used as a filling for the familiar tortilla-y goodness that is the taco. And that brings us full circle.
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer at Thrillist, and doesn't think you should order "an ice-cold birria". Read his musings on Twitter at @adamlapetina.