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Slow Cooker Lengua (Beef Tongue)

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"Don't let the cut of meat scare you it is a very tender tasty meat. 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."
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8 h 15 m servings 492
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place beef tongue, onion, garlic, and bay leaf in the crock of a slow cooker; generously season with salt. Pour in enough water to cover beef mixture.
  2. Cook on Low for 8 hours.
  3. Transfer beef tongue to a work surface and cool slightly. Peel outer layer of skin from beef tongue and remove rough end. Chop the meat into bite-size pieces.
  4. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir beef tongue meat until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 492 calories; 38.8 1.2 32.1 224 123 Full nutrition

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Simple and full of flavor. This was my first time attempting tongue and it came out wonderful. I too made tacos topped with onion, cilantro, and tomatillo sauce. So tender!

Excellent!!! It reminds me of the morning tacos de Barbacoa I used to eat during my weekends in Monterrey, Mexico. I cooked it on Hi for 1HR and the on Low for 6 hours. There was NO need to add...

Super easy! Loved how tender and delicious it came out! I recommend salsa de tomatillos on top with white onion and cilantro.

This was so easy to make a absolutely fabulous. Fixed it as shredded taco meat! Family never even knew what I had made!!!! I will definitely do again!

First time making lengua, I had no idea it would be so easy or I would have been making it ages ago. Next time I will make a little salsa verde. Super tender and delicious.

I was very nervous about this, but pushed myself to try it. It was surprisingly good, well seasoned. I used olive oil instead of butter because I'm following the autoimmune paleo protocol. O...

Simple recipe and an amazing way to make your house smell amazing.

I haven't tryed this recipe, but I'm a busy buisness woman and I feel I got this simple recipe, and simple ingredients I can purchase close to home all in one store wow simplistic is a bliss :)

The only way to cook beef tongue. always leave the skin on since it keeps the flavor and juices in.