Birria is a type of stew made with either goat or beef. The liquid base is made using a variety of dried roasted peppers. You eat birria with a corn tortilla and rice or beans and onions and cilantro. This is a traditional Mexican dish often served during Christmas festivities and weddings. Birria had it's origin in the state of Jalisco which is where we are now, but birria can be found all over Mexico. There are often birria stands at the side of the road.
The big pot of birria...this is after most of us have already been fed!
A backyard family feast.
This is a very old house.
The old house has been added on to several times. Sal says he remembers as a boy that this was just a four room adobe house that didn't even have any windows. Sal's aunt and uncle were not well off, but they raised 14 children in this little four room house! One boy went on to become a lawyer, and one is now a doctor in Mexico City. In Mexico, if you have ambition you can still do well even if you come from a poor family!
Enjoying a birria feast!
This morning, we are off to tour a local moonshine mezcal factory!