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Delicious Beef Tongue Tacos

Mama Rivas aka Pablo's Hottie

"This is a really mouth-watering way of making tongue. It practically melts in your mouth. Enjoy!"
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8 h 30 m servings 227 cals
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Original recipe yields 20 servings (20 tacos)


  • Calories:
  • 227 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 14 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 14g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 11.4 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 46 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the beef tongue in a slow cooker and cover with water. Add the onion slices, garlic, and bay leaf. Season with salt. Cover and cook on Low overnight or 8 hours. Remove the tongue and shred the meat into strands.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the tomatoes and peppers in the hot oil until softened on all sides. Remove the tomatoes and peppers in a blender, keeping the oil on the heat; season with salt. Blend briefly until still slightly chunky. Cook the diced onion in the skillet until translucent; stir in the tomato mixture. Cook another 5 to 6 minutes. Build the tacos by placing shredded tongue meat into a tortilla and spooning salsa over the meat.


  • Partner tip: Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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  1. 72 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This recipe is simple, delicious, and easy to make. For those of you that have never made "tacos de lengua," make sure you peel off the outer layer of skin before you shred the meat!

Most helpful critical review

I cooked recipe exactly but found my tongue lacking in salt and falvor. I had to purchase Taco seasoning to season the beef so that it would have an authentic taco flavor

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This recipe is simple, delicious, and easy to make. For those of you that have never made "tacos de lengua," make sure you peel off the outer layer of skin before you shred the meat!

Good recipe. My husband loved it. When I bought the tongue at the store he said, "that's just for you." But after he ate the tacos he said they were the best he's ever had. I'll tell him wha...

Delish. Keeper. Instead of cooking the tomatoes, peppers, and onions, I chopped them up by hand and added a handful of cilantro and a squeeze of lime to make salsa and serve with the tacos.

This is my recipe passed down from my mother. I just love it, and I hope you all enjoy it as well!

Delicious! The meat is so tender. Follow the recipe, no changes needed. My kids didn't know what they were eating, they thought it was roast beef. It was so good that when I told them what it...

I was hesitant to try this recipe, but boy am I glad I did try it! I changed a couple of things tho, I added chicken bullion to the water, and I cooked it on high for 5 hours for a 4.5lb tongue....

Hi, Cooked as per recipe. No problems and the skin peeled off easily. Overall, both myself and “she who must be obeyed”, thoroughly enjoyed it. However, both of us thought the tongue itself was...

This was an EASY way to prepare tongue! The house smelled great as it was cooking and I was really looking forward to the tacos all day. I was disappointed, however, when I tried them. The meat,...

I've made this exact same recipe before. When the steer went to the butcher I told my husband I wanted the tongue. His response was "You'll be eating it alone" I didn't tell my family it was to...