Taco joints aren't just taco joints. Know what I mean?

Just like different types of pizza, tacos can be prepared differently and still remain a taco.

In case you're wondering birria is a "Mexican dish of stewed meat seasoned with chili peppers." according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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Some restaurants take that stew add a tortilla and then boom, it's a taco. However, some places do that better than others.

Because Illinois has some of the best restaurants in the country, it should come as no surprise that we also have some of the best birria taco joints in the US as well.

According to Far and Wide who ranked the 30 Best Birria Taco Restaurants in the U.S. say four of the top 10 are in Illinois.

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Ranked 7th is Birrieria Zaragoza. Located at 4852 South Pulaski in Chicago, the restaurant is ranked a 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor.

One spot above Zaragoza is Birrieria Patino Ocotolan. Far & Wide says "This humble shop always has a line out the door and for good reason — the birria tacos are insane."

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Patino Ocotolan can be found at 3813 West 26th Street in Chicago.

Ranked as the 4th best birria restaurant is Birrieria Estilo Jalisco.

Located a bit closer to where we are, in the Rockford area, Estilo Jalisco is at 2230 North Western Avenue in Chicago. Gerardo on Zomato says Estilo Jalisco is "probably my favorite spot in the city."

Closer to the top and apparently Illinois best birria tacos come from Birrieria Ocotolan at 4007 East 106th Street in Chicago.

Ranked as the 2nd best in America, Far and Wide says "If there is one spot to get birria in Chicago, diners agree that it has to be Birria Ocotlan."

Where is your favorite birria taco spot in Illinois? Tell us!

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