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

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 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tacos de lengua, tongue
Servings: 20 Tacos
Calories: 196kcal


  • 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


  • 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


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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 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.

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Mimi Brown

Friday 19th of February 2021

Delicious and I'll definitely make it again.


Saturday 13th of February 2021

Rumba does not have anything in stock. Thankfully there is a good Mexican store near me that cares tongue. They also have chicken feet which is an interesting treat too.

Charlie Alvarez

Saturday 16th of July 2022

@Art, I don’t know if they’ll have it where you are, but my local Walmart Supercenter carries Rhumba brand meats in stock and they have lengua, cheek meat, tripas, honeycomb tripe, and oxtail as well. Maybe give it a look.

John S

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Thank you for sharing your story and recipe. I really enjoyed this page.


Saturday 24th of August 2019

I’d give a better it took me an hour to read your essay before I got to the recipe.

Charbel Barker

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

Hi Ryan,

The purpose of the article is not only to provide a recipe, but also to provide information about this recipe, and many people search for that type of information. Please be aware that at the top of every recipe on my site there is a "Jump to Recipe" button that you can click on to skip over anything that you prefer not to read and it will take you right to the recipe.

Thanks for the comment. Charbel

Eddie Garcia

Monday 13th of May 2019

I've never personally seen lengua tacos made with salsa roja. It's always been salsa verde in my experience. This recipe is more like the traditional way from Back On my Block, off the taco trucks. I do them in the crockpot, myself. :)


Friday 3rd of January 2020

I agree, I have only seen it done in a green tomatillo sauce. Sure I might enjoy the red sauce when I try it.

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