Lengua (Beef Tongue) Stew


Beef tongue is combined with veggies and slowly simmered in tomato sauce and spice. Serve cow tongue soup over rice or other whole grains (buckwheat, quinoa, bulgur, etc.).

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 (2 pound) beef tongue

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 small leek, thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 2 large carrots, shredded

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 (1 ounce) packets taco seasoning mix (such as Goya®)

  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Place beef tongue into a large pot with a tight-fitting lid and cover with water by 1 inch. Add salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours. Strain and reserve cooking liquid. Remove and discard skin from tongue. Shred meat using two forks; set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in onion, leek, celery, and carrots. Cook and stir until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste until no lumps remain and cook for 1 minute. Add shredded meat to the pot along with reserved broth and taco seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until vegetables are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

388 Calories
26g Fat
17g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 388
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 1391mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 616mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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