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Tacos de lengua served on a plate

Tacos de Lengua & Tomatillo Salsa

So tender and crispy, packed with flavor...these will be the best tacos you've ever had!
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 16 -24 small tacos
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Full of Days


For the tongue:

  • 1 3-4 lb grass-fed beef tongue
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 head garlic peeled and crushed (yes, the whole darn thing!)
  • 1 Tbs. black peppercorns
  • 2 Tbs. sea salt
  • Avocado oil for frying
  • For the Tacos
  • Corn tortillas
  • Salsa Verde or see our tomatillo recipe below
  • Avocados
  • Cilantro
  • Limes
  • Sour Cream
  • For the Tomatillo Salsa
  • 1 lb tomatillos peeled.
  • 1/3 cup onion chopped
  • 1 fist full of cilantro about 1/4-1/2 cup
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1 small jalapeno seeded (optional)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


  • Fill a large stockpot 1/2-2/3 full with water. Add tongue, onions, crushed garlic, peppercorns and salt.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for 3 hours until tender.
  • Using tongs, carefully remove tongue from water and allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes (until it's cool enough to handle).
  • Using a sharp knife, remove the outer layer of the tongue (the part with the taste buds…I know, gross!). 
  • Cut tongue into 1/4 inch slices. Heat avocado oil in a frying pan and sear sliced tongue on each side (about 1 minute per side) until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  • Chop up seared pieces of meat and serve up with desired toppings in lightly fried corn tortillas.

For Salsa:

  • Peel tomatillos and add to a small pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about five minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Drain water and place tomatillos into a blender, add onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalepeno pepper (with or without seeds, the heat is in the seeds), and 1 tsp salt.
  • Blend until smooth and adjust seasoning as needed according to preference.


Serving: 2oz. (or 1/16th of recipe) | Calories: 322kcal | Protein: 21.9g | Fat: 25.3g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 74mg