Tacos de lengua, or beef tongue tacos, are a popular dish in Mexican cuisine. The tender, flavorful meat is slow-cooked with spices and served with fresh toppings on warm tortillas. While some may be hesitant to try tongue, it’s a delicacy in many cultures and is a sustainable way of using the entire animal. Our Eva Longoria inspired tacos de lengua recipe is a delicious and adventurous way to explore new flavors and expand your culinary skills.
The actress’s 2023 CNN show Searching for Mexico showcased the food and culture of six diverse regions in the southern country, with the aim to illustrate Mexico’s multifaceted offerings beyond the cliche tacos and tequila. She inspired us to dive deeper into classic Mexican cuisine.
Eva Longoria Inspired Tacos de Lengua Recipe
1 beef tongue, approximately 3-4 pounds
3 large white onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
A pinch of salt
A pinch of whole peppercorns
2 tbsp of olive oil
- In a stock pot, fill two-thirds of it with water. Add the beef tongue, two chopped onions, garlic cloves, bay leaf, peppercorns, and salt. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5-6 hours.
- Remove the beef tongue from the pot and allow it to cool to room temperature. Peel off the skin and shred the meat.
- Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Add the remaining chopped onion and the shredded beef tongue. Sauté until the meat is slightly crispy.
- Serve the sautéed tongue on warm corn tortillas, topped with fresh pico de gallo.
Recipe by Gabe Gomez / Photography by Dave Bryce / Food and Styling by Anna Calabrese
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