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I know, I know, I was skeptical too but my boyfriend Brad really wanted to try beef tongue so we went in search of a Paleo recipe. Brad ended up finding a YouTube video with this recipe. It’s worth watching if you have 5 minutes. I made a few seasoning adjustments and served it with a salad and homemade Paleo “tortillas”  I have to say, this turned out DELICIOUS! The tongue tasted like a decadent stew meat. With the spices I used and the pineapple it has that savory sweet combination that is so yummy!  This should easily feed 4 people. Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

To Braise the Tongue

  • 1 3 lb Beef Tongue
  • 4 bay leaves
  • About 12 or so whole peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves of garlic peeled, but you do not need to chop it
  • 1 tbs of salt
  • water, enough to cover the tongue when in the braising pot.

So here is the tongue we used. Yikes! Looks daunting!

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It’s no big deal, take it out of the package, rinse it off and put it into a large enough oven safe pan or pot that will also hold enough water to cover the tongue.( I used my cast iron dutch oven)  Add enough water, 4 bay leaves, peppercorns, whole peeled garlic cloves,  and salt.

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Cover and cook in a 350 degree oven for about 4.5 to 5 hours.

Once the tongue is done it will feel fork tender on the underside where there is no skin. Let the tongue sit in the liquid for about 10 minutes then remove and let cool enough so you can handle it. You want to peel the skin away at this point, it should remove very easily. When you slice it the meat will look a lot like well marbled pot roast meat.

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To Make the Tacos

Ingredients:

  • Your cooked tongue, chopped into bite sized pieces.
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs chopped garlic
  • 1 small white or yellow onion chopped or sliced thin.
  • 1 cup or so chopped pineapple
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbs of sea salt (or to taste)
  • 10 or so turns of your pepper grinder (or to taste)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • A handful of chopped cilantro

Start by chopping your onion, pineapple, tongue, garlic and cilantro.

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In a very large pan add your olive oil, garlic and onion and sauté over medium to medium high heat.

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Once the onion starts to sweat, add the chopped tongue and all your spices. The measurements listed here were my starting measurements.

Once it is all added and the meat, onions and garlic are all mixed in well, taste it and add a dash more of this or that to your taste if needed.

Then add the pineapple and let it cook long enough to heat the pineapple through and caramelize while the meat gets that browned crust. It will look like this.

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Squeeze fresh lime juice over the whole thing and add fresh cilantro.

We used fresh salsa and  fresh guacamole as toppings. We ate these using Paleo tortillas but they honestly tasted just great the next day when eaten with iceburg lettuce leaves as a wrap. The lettuce seems to add a fresh crispy wrapper to the very decadent flavor of the meat.  We also had a fresh salad on the side that I dressed in olive oil, champagne vinegar, salt and pepper.

To make the Paleo Tortillas (courtesy of Paleo Comfort Foods) These tasted more like crepes but they held up very well to the very heavy, very juicy fillings. I would make them again.

  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water ( I used a little extra water to thin them out a bit)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 14 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt ( I added this myself)
  • coconut oil

Whisk all ingredients in a mixing bowl until well bended with no remaining lumps.

Using a small non-stick pan, add about a tsp of coconut oil and let melt. You will need to add coconut oil with each tortilla.

Pour about 3 tbs of batter into the pan tilting it around to spread the batter out in a thin layer. ( I ended up adding a tbs more water to thin it out a bit)

You can use a little more batter if you want bigger tortillas, you will just end up making fewer of them. This should make about 8-10.

YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL THE FIRST SIDE BROWNS BEFORE YOU TRY TO FLIP IT OR IT WILL RIP.

Once the first side is brown, flip to brown the other side. Ours looked like this.

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These really were yummy! Finger licking yummy! If you’ve never tried beef tongue, you’re feeling adventurous and seeking a recipe that really brings out the best flavor, I highly recommend this one! If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear what your think!

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