Simple Slow-Cooked Korean Beef Soft Tacos


This recipe was handed down to me by a Korean friend. So full of flavor! I wanted to share it with you all. I did tweak it a little to add more spice. Feel free to tweak it yourself!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast, trimmed

  • ½ onion, diced

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar

  • cup soy sauce

  • 10 cloves garlic

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (Optional)

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 16 (6 inch) corn tortillas (Optional)


  1. Put chuck roast into the crock of a slow cooker; add onion, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, jalapeno pepper, ginger root, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, and pepper.

  2. Cook on High for 8 hours (or on Low for 10 hours). Shred meat with a pair of forks and stir into the liquid in the slow cooker.

  3. Serve with corn tortillas and your favorite toppings.

    close up view of Slow-Cooked Korean Beef Soft Tacos served with french fries on a plate

Cook's Notes:

This recipe was handed down to me, and I tweaked it a little by skipping the ginger and diced jalapeno. Instead I used 2 tablespoons garlic-chili paste from the Asian isle at the grocer. Depending on how spicy you like you may add more. We love spice!

Also, for the the topping I added a shredded bag of cole slaw, thinly sliced cucumbers, and carrots, tossed in 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
22g Fat
40g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 353mg 8%

* 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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