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Beef Tongue Tacos (Beef Tacos de Lengua)

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 Beef Tongue
  • 1 Onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Black Peppercorn
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, stemmed (optional)
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves


  • Corn Tortillas
  • Onion, chopped
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro


  • Place beef tongue in a large stock pot. Add onions, garlic, salt, peppercorn, bay leaves and jalapeno pepper. Cover with water. Bring to boil. Then, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 4 hours until tongue is tender
  • Remove beef tongue from water and allow to cool
  • Peel off the tough outer skin using your fingers or a small sharp knife.
  • Remove patch of meat where tongue would connect to mouth.
  • Slice tongue (approximately 1/4 inch slices)
  • Heat vegetable oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Saute the tongue slices until they are lightly browned on both sides.
  • Remove from skillet, and dice beef into small cubes. Alternatively, you can shred the beef using two forks.
  • Make the tacos by placing a large spoonful of beef in each corn tortilla. Add other desired toppings like avocado, onion and cilantro.
Keyword Beef Tongue