Tacos de Lengua (Beef Tongue Tacos )

Tacos de Lengua is a classic in Mexico. Moist and flavorful, coupled with Tomatillo Salsa Verde, avocado slices, and crumbled cotija cheese, it's a melt in your mouth experience.

Classic Mexican tacos de Lengua, beef tongue which has been braised with garlic and onions, finely chopped and served with salsa verde.


  • 1 beef tongue
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • Tomatillo Salsa Verde

  1. Place tongue in a crockpot, fill with water. Add onions, 1 tbsp. garlic, oregano, cumin, and salt. Cook on high for 4-6 hours, until the tongue is soft to the touch and tender. Once it’s tender, take the tongue out of the crockpot. 
  2. Peel off the outer layer of the skin when you are able to handle the tongue. It’s easier to take the skin off while the tongue is warm. Dice tongue into 1⁄2-inch cubes and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add lengua (tongue) cubes and 1 tbsp. minced garlic, and cook until a little crisp. Warm the corn tortillas.
  4. Place lengua in tortillas, add Tomatillo Salsa Verde, diced onions, crumbled cotija cheese, and avocado slices. 
  Serve with rice and beans. Enjoy!