How to Prepare and Eat Beef Tongue

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Tacos de lengua

Have you ever had Beef tongue? It is a meat similar to cuts such as plank steak and Lamb Shank, but is fattier and has a milder taste.  As a traditional Mexican dish Beef tongue is often eaten in the form of beef tongue tacos, or Tacos de Lengua.  Try something new tonight, and check out how you make and prepare beef tongue along as well as a great recipe for Tacos de Lengua.

Preparing and Cooking Beef Tongue

  1. First you want to wash the Beef Tongue thoroughly and scrub with a kitchen brush.
  2. Place the beef tongue in a large pot or slow cooker pot along with Peppercorns, Garlic, Onions, and Bay leaves, Carrots cover with water or chicken broth. Cook over night on low or boil it on stovetop for 2 to 3 hours, until very tender. 
  3. After you have let the tongue cool, peel off the tough skin.
  4. Then cut into ½ inch cubes or it can be shredded depending on what dish you are going to make.

 Tacos de Lengua


  • 1 whole cow or veal tongue (see note above)
  • 1 medium onion, split in half 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 quart low sodium homemade or store-bought chicken stock
  • 6 stems cilantro
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat, pork fat, or canola oil 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 to 24 corn tortillas warmed

Optional garnishes

  • Fresh salsa
  • Queso fresco or feta
  • Chopped onions and cilantro
  • Wedges of lime
  • Tomatillo sauce 
  • Guacamole


When ready to serve, heat oil or lard in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add tongue pieces and cook, stirring occasionally, until tongue is well browned on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes total. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 To serve, wrap a spoonful or two of tongue in a double layer of corn tortillas. Top with desired toppings. 

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