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Mulitas (Birria/Carne Asada/Carnitas/Pollo Asado)

Mulitas (Birria/Carne Asada/Carnitas/Pollo Asado)

A mix between a soft taco and quesadilla, Mulitas will quickly become your favorite Mexican recipe. This Mexican street food staple is king of the LA food truck scene.

Two corn tortillas are loaded up with tender meat and melted cheese and garnished with your favorite toppings, like 4-ingredient guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and even smoked salsa.

Use your favorite Mexican meat to stuff inside the mulita – Birria, Birria de Chivo, Carne Asada, Instant Pot Carnitas or Pollo Asado. It’s all good, baby!

What Is A Mulita

A Mulita is like a meat and cheese panini made with corn tortillas instead of bread. 

Inside view of a Multias

Mulitas vs Quesadillas

At first glance it looks like quesadilla, but it’s so much more. Quesadillas are made with 1 large flour tortilla, whereas a multias uses 2 soft corn tortillas. 

Mulitas Mexicanas

Here are four versions of multias food to consider – we usually use leftovers to make it a bit easier to prep.

side by side photo of a bowl of birria and carne asada

Mulitas de Birria

We tend to have a ton of leftovers when we make birria ramen or birria tacos, so we use it to make Birria Mulitas. This Mulitas de Birria recipe is a great way to use up pretty much any Mexican meat leftovers.

Mulitas de Asada

Grill up a batch of our famous San Diego-style carne asada and stuff the tender meat between two soft corn tortillas with cheese! It’s just as easy to make as our other carne asada recipes: carne asada nachos, carne asada fries, carne asada tacos and Mexican street tacos.

Side by side photo of pollo asado and carnitas

Chicken Mulitas

Pollo asado fans will love this chicken mulitas recipe just as much as our pollo asado tacos!

Mulitas de Carnitas

The Carnitas Mulita is “probably” the easiest version to make as it utilizes the Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker Carnitas) to make the meat and the ingredient list is relatively short for a Mexican recipe.

Topping Ideas

Here are some topping ideas we love using on Mulitas Taco. When you visit the food trucks, the toppings are added to the inside of the mulitas after cooking. We just throw them on top as we like cool guacamole, sour cream, etc.

Feel free to peel back the tortilla once it’s cooked and add your toppings directly to the center and re-seal.

4 Ingredient Guacamole
Sour Cream
Mexican Cheese – Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Colby Jack, Asadero, Cotija Cheese, Queso Fresco or Oaxaca
Pickled Red Onions
Pickled Banana Peppers or Pickled Peppers
Homemade Salsa or Mango Pico de Gallo 
Shredded Lettuce
Lime Juice

Two photos showing a tortilla with cheese then topped with birria

How To Make A Mulitas

We’re going to keep it short and sweet with photos vs text. Basically you load up one corn tortilla with cheese and meat and heat on a griddle until the cheese is melted. Gently remove from the grill and garnish with your favorite toppings before grubbing down. 

Serving Ideas

Mulitas are amazing on their own, however if you’re looking to amp things up, here are some ideas:

4 Mulitas with guacamole and salsa

Recipe Tips

  • Dice the meat into 1/4″ cubes for the best ratio per bite and texture.
  • Plan on using about 2 oz of steak per taco.

Drink Ideas

Anything Mexican themed –  Mexican MuleMango MicheladaMichelada rimmed with ChamoyCorona SunriseMadras DrinkBeermosa, or Margarita.

Close up of a Mulitas topped with guacamole and salsa.
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Mulitas (Birria/Carne Asada/Carnitas/Pollo Asado)

A mix between a soft taco and quesadilla, Mulitas will quickly become your favorite Mexican recipe. This Mexican street food staple is king of the LA food truck scene.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Prep The Meat1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Birria Recipes, Carne Asada Recipes, Carnitas Recipes, Pollo Asado Recipes
Servings: 8 Multias
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: Varies

Ingredients

Meat Filling Options (Pick One!):

Mulitas:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 16 Corn Tortillas
  • 8 oz Cheese, Shredded

Garnishes (Optional):

  • OPTIONAL: 4-ingredient Guacamole, Salsa, Sour Cream, Onions, Lettuce.

Instructions

Meat Filling Options (Pick One!):

  • Make 1/2 batch of birria, carne asada, pollo asado or carnitas before making the multias (or up to 3 days prior). To re-heat, just add the diced pieces of meat to a skillet over medium heat until warmed throughout.

Make The Mulitas:

  • Pre-heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add one corn tortilla to the skillet and immediatley top with cheese and meat. Place the second corn tortilla over the top.
  • Once the cheese starts melting gently press down on the mulitas before carefully flipping over with a flat spatula.
  • Every 1-2 minutes, flip the mulitas until the cheese is fully melted and the tortilla is browned.
  • Transfer to a plate and top with your preferred garnishes. You can also peel open the tortilla and add your topping inside the mulitas for easy eating. (*Note 2)

Notes

Note 1 - You can make the meat up to 3 days in advance. Mulitas are a great use of leftovers.
Note 2 - When you visit the food trucks, the toppings are added to the inside of the mulitas after cooking. We just throw them on top as we like cool guacamole, sour cream, etc.
Feel free to peel back the tortilla once it's cooked and add your toppings directly to the center and re-seal.
Note 3 - Nutritional information is calculated with birria and jack cheese. Zero toppings have been added to the calculations.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 1mg
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