Tongue Tacos

Tongue Tacos


"As a child my mother would trick us into eating this, telling us it was beef. Now that I have kids they love it and I don't have to trick them! Warning: can be very messy to eat."


3 h servings 566 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 566 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 40.1 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.9g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 34.2 g
  • 68%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 218 mg
  • 73%
  • Sodium:
  • 126 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Simmer the tongue in water to cover until no longer pink, about 50 minutes per pound of tongue. Remove from water and let rest until cool enough to handle. Peel the skin off the tongue, trim the gristle, and cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. While the tongue is cooling, combine tomatoes, onion and cilantro in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook tongue with salt and pepper until heated through and slightly colored, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain.
  4. In a small skillet, heat tortillas 1 minute on each side. To assemble tacos, layer tongue and tomato mixture inside a folded tortilla and sprinkle with lemon juice. Serve immediately.
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  1. 14 Ratings


the recipe was pretty good, but i added a few ingredients that set it over the top and cooked it in a pressure cooker which cut the cooking time in half. I added about 2 tablespoons of salt and ...

This is my kids favorite food ever! They ask for it every weekend. I like to add a little lemon juice to the skillet when frying the tongue. I also mix the chopped tomatoes, onion, and cilantro ...

Hi Amy! This is exactly the way my mother used to make these too! They are my all time favorite and my kids love them too! I Wouldn't eat them any other way, either.

We ate these growing up all the time! The tongue used to be inexpensive but not it has beomce pricey. (at least in California)

Try the "tomatillo" relish, it works better.


Easy and straight forward. Tongue is an excellent meat for those of you a bit squeamish--don't be, it's worth the effort!

ms ramirez- i cant thank you enough, your recipie was the bomb best lengua tacos ive ever wrapped my lips around. the only thing i added was a-1 sauce to the finished product. thank you again

I Love lengua and these tacos were very good. Thanks for the recipe!