Depending on where youâ€™re from, you may not have had the distinct pleasure of someone handing you a taco, telling you that itâ€™s â€œlenguaâ€ then demanding you take a bite without further explanation. The reason for the subterfuge is apparent once you learn that lengua is beef tongue. It may sound gross, but lengua is tasty, lean and full of protein.
It can be a little hard to prepare, but the tender meat is worth it!
Lengua tacos are a street taco staple. Tongue is (for obvious reasons) cheap, so with a tongue, a few onions and tomatoes, some cilantro and a package of corn tortillas, you can eat great for only a few bucks.
Looking at the name of this recipe, you can see why people prefer the name lengua. Still, the meat is good no matter what you call it, and the combined spiciness of the mustard and horseradish help your palate adjust to a new flavor and texture.
Tired of your traditional pot roast? Beef tongue cooks well in the slow cooker and comes out with a similar texture to pulled pork. You can make a paleo meal out of it, or use it to top nachos or a baked potato.