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How To Make Authentic Beef Tongue Tacos (Tacos de Lengua Recipe)

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Inside: If you have ever wanted to learn how to make beef tongue tacos, you are in the right place. Keep reading to find out the proper way to make this Mexican delicacy.

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Rumba Meats. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Beef tongue tacos ready to eat - tacos de lengua

A couple of months ago I shared my recipe for making authentic Mexican menudo. Menudo is a tasty soup made using beef tripe and is commonly consumed throughout Mexico. Today, I want to share another recipe that may seem odd to some, but that is really quite good! The recipe I am going to share today is for beef tongue tacos, or “tacos de lengua.”

In Mexico, there are many recipes that use the less commonly-consumed cuts of meat, such as beef tripe, beef tongue, oxtails, and cheek meat. Here in the United States, you won’t find these cuts on many menus, and the meat can be hard to find as well! Fortunately, you can easily order all of these types of meat from the comfort of your home from Rumba Meats.

beef tongue rumba meats

I recently purchased the variety pack from Rumba Meats, and it came with all of the cuts that I listed above. It was a really good deal for the amount of meat that came in the box, and it arrived in a very well packed box, and still frozen! The meat is very high quality and will allow you to make this beef tongue tacos recipe and more.

What Does Beef Tongue Taste Like?

When people hear “beef tongue”, the most common reaction is that it must not taste good. However, once people give it a try, they usually enjoy it! When cooked correctly, beef tongue is extremely tender and flavorful and is the perfect base for a delicious taco.

In order to ensure that the beef tongue is tender, you have to prepare it carefully and cook it slowly. The end result will surprise you and you will understand why these tacos are so popular in Mexico.

How Do You Cook Beef Tongue Properly?

The first step to cooking Beef Tongue is to prepare it by washing it and removing any excess fat.

Next, you will cook it in a large stockpot with boiling water and some fresh herbs, garlic and spices.

Once the beef tongue is cooked according to the instructions above, you will be able to easily remove the outer layer of the tongue and get into the tender meat in the center.

I always like to cut the beef tongue into small pieces, and then add it back to a frying pan with some oil and some of the broth that is leftover from cooking the meat.

Tacos de lengua tongue tacos in pan

Finally, it is time to put together the tacos. This is a pretty straightforward process. First, take a corn tortilla and heat it in the microwave or over the stove. Next, add the shredded beef tongue and top with cilantro, diced onions, a spritz of lime juice, and a pinch of salt. The last step is to add a delicious salsa, like this salsa verde or this salsa roja.

tacos de lengua making

One taste of these beef tongue tacos and I am sure that you will be a fan. Make sure to come back and let me know how they turned out in the comments below.

tacos de lengua with corn tortillas - beef tongue

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Authentic Beef Tongue Tacos (Tacos de Lengua)

These beef tongue tacos, or tacos de lengua, are tender, flavorful, and very authentic. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tacos de lengua, tongue
Servings: 20 Tacos
Calories: 196kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Beef Tongue Rumba Meats
  • 1.5 liters water
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch thyme fresh
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20 corn tortillas
  • 3 limes
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Start by cleaning the beef tongue and cutting off excess fat
  • Add the onion, the thyme, the garlic cloves, and the salt to a large stockpot full of boiling water, and then add the beef tongue
  • Let cook over medium heat for 30-45 minutes, or until you can easily insert a fork
  • Once tender, remove the beef tongue, and peel away the outer layer of the beef tongue
  • Next, cut the meat from the beef tongue into very small pieces
  • take 1/4 cup of the water where you boiled the beef tongue, and add it to 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, and add to a frying pan over medium heat
  • Add the chopped up beef tongue and mix and let cook for a couple of minutes
  • Make the tacos by adding a small amount of the beef tongue to a corn tortilla and top with chopped onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, and salsa verde

Nutrition

Serving: 1Taco | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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