These brought me back to my days in Honduras and Costa Rica. I’m pretty sure I had cow tongue there without knowing it. The taste was entirely too familiar. For those of you scared….don’t be! I just tastes like meat, and you wouldn’t know it was tongue. Although I won’t lie, once it was cooked, before it was diced, it looked very similar to the cadaver tongues that I used to teach from in lab! Yikes! It is just another muscle, and you can probably get it cheap!
I know what you’re thinking. Disgusting. But they are so good! Trust me. Additionally, tongue is a very nutritious food that is great for skin and soft tissue!
Beef Tongue Tacos
Prep the tongue by removing any hair that may be stuck to it….but this probably isn’t necessary. Cut the tongue in half. Place it in a stock pot and bring to a boil with a whole onion, a head of garlic, and some salt. (Just throw the aromatics in there whole, you are just flavoring with them, not eating them). Simmer for 2 1/2-3 hours until the white connective tissue comes off easily. Peel it off. Let the tongue cool and dice it up. Put it in a taco w/garnishes. We going authentic, so we ate them with 100% corn tortillas; however, if I were to make it at home, I would enjoy it just as much in a lettuce cup. We served it with fresh tomatillo salsa, radishes, cucumber, sauteed green onion, avocado, onion, cilantro, and lime..