I’m ba-ack – to Sunday Supper, that is! The holidays got a little nutty so I took a break, but I’m very happy to be participating once again. This week we are *slowly* ringing in the New Year. Slowly – get it? Yup, slow cookers! All the recipes this week are crock pot friendly and quite appropriate for all the cold weather we’re having. I considered it a perfect excuse to check one off my cooking bucket list – making beef tongue tacos! (Lengua is Spanish for beef tongue.)
I first tasted beef tongue about a year ago in a restaurant. It came on a small plate as a hash, and we all loved it. Making it at home immediately went on the list. I’m quite pleased to discover and report that this is a very easy dish to make at home. The beef sits in the slow cooker with a few aromatics for 8 hours, then it cools slightly and you remove the skin and dice it. Then you simmer it just a few minutes in the sauce and you’re done!
Now, you may have noticed that I didn’t post any pictures of the tongue whole. That’s because, well, the cooked tongue, pre-skinning and dicing, well, just looks like a giant penis. I wish I was kidding. But it really, really does. As in, men wish they were… okay never mind. But anyways!
Once you get it peeled and diced, it’s not so disturbing (or phallic) and things are pretty smooth sailing from that point on. I know this recipe probably isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but if you’re even a slightly adventurous eater, I’d highly recommend trying this, it’s really quite tasty. Matt ate three tacos in a row. Oh, and this doesn’t have to be tacos; I loved it on tortilla chips, which makes me think it works as a dip of sorts, or possibly as nachos, too. Whichever way, enjoy!
Source: adapted from Muy Bueno by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith, and Evangelina Soza
2 ½ – 3 lbs. beef tongue (make sure it’s raw, not cured)
3 cups water
1 small onion, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbs olive oil
½ a medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 (15 oz.) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 tsp ground cumin
Pinch of ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican
¼ tsp ground chile de arbol
8 corn tortillas
Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Crumbled Cotija cheese, for garnish (optional)
Place the beef tongue, water, onion, garlic and salt in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
You’ll know the beef tongue is ready when the skin has turned white and a sharp paring knife pierces it easily. Remove the tongue and let it cool to where you can handle it. Peel the outer skin off. Use a sharp paring knife to help if necessary. You will also need to cut off the fatty and funky looking underside part. Basically, it’s the part that looks like the testicles. I know that’s crude, but if you’re making this dish following these directions, you’ll know *exactly* what I’m talking about.
Once the tongue is skinned and trimmed, dice into ½-inch cubes and set aside.
Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve. Add the strained stock into a fat separator. If you don’t have one, then refrigerate it so you can skim the fat off.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. Add the olive oil to a 10-inch skillet, preferably cast-iron, and place it over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion has softened. Shut off the heat and scrape the veggies into your blender. Add the tomatoes, ½ cup of your reserved stock, cumin, cinnamon, chile de arbol, and salt and pepper to taste. Puree until very smooth, 1-2 minutes. Pour the sauce back into the skillet. Add the diced tongue and turn the heat to medium-low. Simmer about 5 minutes to warm the tongue through and thicken the sauce slightly. It should not be runny.
While the sauce is simmering, warm the tortillas and keep them in a tortilla warmer if you have one, or in a foil packet.
To serve, fill a tortilla with some of the beef tongue mixture, then garnish with cilantro and cheese, if desired. I used both garnishes, and I could go either way on the cheese, but I highly, highly recommend using the cilantro. It really adds a needed fresh, grassy note.
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