This beef tongue takes a little time to prepare but is very tasty served in some warm corn tortillas.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the tongue, half of the chopped onion, garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons salt, and 1 jalapeno pepper into a large pot. Fill with water to cover the tongue by several inches, then bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until very tender, 3 to 4 hours. Remove the tongue from the water and allow to cool. Reserve the liquid. Once the tongue has cooled, peel off the tough outer skin, then shred the meat using two forks.

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  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the whole tomatoes and 2 jalapeno peppers; boil until the vegetables are tender. Place the vegetables into a blender, and puree until smooth. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • Once the onion has softened, stir in the shredded beef tongue and tomato salsa. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, then pour in 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid. Cook and stir until the liquid has evaporated, leaving moist, flavorful meat, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

201.4 calories; 12.4 g protein; 2.2 g carbohydrates; 81.9 mg cholesterol; 1350.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
It was my families first time with lengua and we are impressed. This recipe probably has a lot to do with our liking it. I used chilli peppers in place of jalapenos because the kids can tolerate it a lot better. We turned into tacos as well with my husbands homemade salsa with tomatoes jalapenos cilantro onions lemon juice and garlic powder. I even chased the kids with the tongue before cooking and they still liked eating it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
It was my families first time with lengua and we are impressed. This recipe probably has a lot to do with our liking it. I used chilli peppers in place of jalapenos because the kids can tolerate it a lot better. We turned into tacos as well with my husbands homemade salsa with tomatoes jalapenos cilantro onions lemon juice and garlic powder. I even chased the kids with the tongue before cooking and they still liked eating it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2010
My husband loves Lengua. We are currently in Hanoi Vietnam and I though why not while we are here to try this dish. I was about to get FRESH beef tongue which I think made the dish good. Instead of cooking the tomatoes jalapenos separte I cooked it with the tongue and I added 1 cup of chicken broth. He said it was just like the kind he would get in his favorite restuarant in Texas. I have friends here now wanting the recipe. This is a keeper.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
This is a tasty recipe. Try adjusting the cooking time and substituting with smoked tongue instead. Or better yet apple wood smoke the tongue yourself. Simply delicious. Added a little fresh thyme bay leaf when cooking the tongue. Served the dish over rice but I expect it would also be good with a side of boiled potatoes or over french fries. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2011
I cook it over night in a crock pot. It comes out super tender in the morning (8-9 hours on low)!!Boil it with a small onion jalapeno serrano tomato a couple of bay leaves salt garlic salt bouillon. Make sure you add plenty of salt to the water that way the meat can have a lot flavor. Shred and serve in tacos. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
Thank you so much for your recipe. I like lengua. They make the best tacos. Also you can slice the meat after it is cooked and skin removed and fry in a little oil with slice onions and chopped tomatoes minced fresh garlic salt and pepper. Serve with mexican rice and pinto beans. and of course flour or corn tortillas. You can also add 1 hot serrano chopped into tomato and onion mixture. thanks again for a great recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2009
This is a great recipe I followed it exactly and it tunred out wonderful! My DH ate it all up. We made tacos and topped them with cilantro onion limes and hotsauce. Then with the left overs took sandwiches the next day. Thanks for the great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2011
This is delicious! So tender and tasty. I've made your recipe at least four times in the past couple years usually for tamales. After the tongue's done simmering I just add sauteed onions and spices like cumin onion and garlic powder. Any tips on how to use the leftover spicy salted beef broth? I have so many containers of it in my freezer! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2010
very well exsplained Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2010
It certainly took a long time to brine but this was an excellent recipe and we all loved it! It's so tender! The only change I made was to decrease it to 2 jalapenos so the kids would eat it. Read More
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