San Diego business owner, Mike Touma was determined to find the best Birria in town. He decided to go south of the border to learn more about the popular dish. After experiencing the unique touch each chef added to their Birria and after a year-long obsession with Birria, including travels on both sides of the border to sample the region’s best renditions of the classic slow-simmered Mexican stew, Mike launched his food truck to further fuel his passion for the dish. “I’ve been exposed to all types of Mexican food,” said Mike. “First time I ever had Birria, I was hooked.”  Mike was inspired to add his own twist and Mike’s Red Tacos was born.

Mikes Red Tacos
Mikes Red Tacos

“Going south of the border was a distinct learning experience, not to mention a lot of fun. I had the opportunity to taste Birria in its own homeland,” said Touma. “I must say, they were all great, but each chef adds their own unique touch. I was inspired to give Birria my own twist here in the states.”

Mike’s Red Tacos debuted at 2335 Morena Boulevard, with a food truck. Revolving around a Birria recipe that was created in collaboration with area chefs, Touma’s menu is built around Birria tacos, made with fresh tortillas from a local vendor, which are dipped in chili oil and crisped up on the flat top for their signature red color.

We only use high-quality meat for our Birria. The meat is slowly simmered for hours into a blend of authentic spices. We dip our freshly made tortillas into our in-house created chili oil  that is then crisped onto the flat top.  This gives our tacos their signature red color, and that’s why they’re called red tacos!  Mike’s Red Tacos will also serve Birria ramen, and the signature Crunchstack, a take on the Taco Bell Crunchwrap.

Due to popular demand, Mike was able to expand from his food truck, which was only available on Saturday’s, to opening his restaurant at 4310 Genesee Ave in San Diego.  The doors opened on Friday, August 5, 2022. You can now enjoy Mike’s Red Taco’s 7 days a week.

Mikes Red Tacos