Tacos de Lengua

I’ve always been what some might call an “adventurous” eater.  I like trying new foods. I remember growing up and going out to eat at Mexican restaurants with my Mom, Tia (aunt) and cousin. I’d order the Tripas,  Menudo, or Lengua Tacos. My cousin would look at me, shake her head and ask, “How can you eat that stuff?”

Eating “that stuff” was a no-brainer for me. My Mom would often cook traditional Mexican meals for us; I grew up eating it. I didn’t give Lengua Tacos a second thought. While my cousin couldn’t get past the fact that it was beef tongue; I was thinking “more for me!” LOL! Eating lengua was no different to me than eating a hamburger-they both came from a cow. My cousin ate hamburgers, but she wouldn’t eat lengua … go figure!

Once cooked, Lengua (Beef Tongue) is one of the most tender meats you will ever eat. I’ve gotten quite a few of my friends to try it, and they’ve all been surprised at how tender the meat is. The most common way Lengua is eaten is in tacos,  but there are also delicious lengua dishes made with a tomato sauce that I’ve had in restaurants. There was this one restaurant we used to go to, my Mom & Tia had a favorite waiter there who would always hook them up with “free” desserts & samples of other dishes. My Mom would usually ask him if there was any lengua available; he’d go into the kitchen & bring her a little morsel back. It’d be lengua cooked in tomato sauce – one of these days I’ll find a recipe for that dish & make it. My Mom & Tia would leave the waiter a huge tip. I still visit that restaurant whenever I’m in San Antonio.

Even though I no longer live in San Antonio; I can still cook all the delicious meals I grew up eating, thanks to Rumba Meats & Lucky’s Supermarkets!

A quick trip to my neighborhood Lucky’s Supermarket is all I have to do to find the cuts of meat I need. Not only is Lucky’s carrying Rumba Meats, you can find it at FoodMaxx & Save Marts too. This is great news for those of us who like to make Menudo, Lengua, Tripas, & all the other delicious Mexican dishes we grew up eating.


Here’s my easy recipe for Tacos de Lengua (Beef Tongue Tacos).