Slow Cooker Lengua (Beef Tongue)


Beef tongue is a very tender, tasty meat. Don't let the cut of meat scare you; you will be pleasantly surprised. Find the meat at any Mexican market — ask the butcher. Serve this in tacos with chopped onion, tomato, cilantro, and wedges of lime.

Looking down at a plate of slow cooker lengua tacos, topped with cilantro and white onion.
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 beef tongue

  • ½ onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, or more to taste

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Place beef tongue, onion, garlic, and bay leaf in a slow cooker; generously season with salt. Pour in enough water to cover beef mixture.

    Beef tongue, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt and water placed in a slow cooker.

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  2. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

    Ingredients after cooking on low.

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  3. Transfer beef tongue to a work surface and cool slightly. Peel outer layer of skin from beef tongue and remove rough end.

    Tongue placed on a work surface to cool slightly.

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    Skin and rough end removed from beef tongue.

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  4. Chop meat into bite-sized pieces.

    Beef tongue chopped into bite-sized pieces.

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  5. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir chopped meat until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

    Chopped beef tongue cooking until tender.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
39g Fat
1g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 224mg 75%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 323mg 7%

* 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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