Pork Tongue Tacos

Spicy Pork Tongue Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Creme

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“Pork tongue” tacos may not sound all that appetizing to you. I get that. Kind of. Don’t be afraid, though. Shredded tongue is the BOMB. Trust me!

I made these tacos to fill a void in my life. You see, there’s this small taco and burrito shop called Romo’s in Fargo that my partner and I frequent. Now, having never been to Mexico or certain other southern states, I can’t really say I’ve ever had authentic Mexican…however, my partner claims that this taco shop has the best and most authentic Mexican meat in town. We actually prefer this place over Chipotle, which just opened in Fargo – it’s cheaper, we get more food, and it tastes phenomenal.

When we first went to Romo’s, I spotted beef tongue on the menu and knew I had to try it. I love being adventurous in regards to food. (If only I could apply that zeal to other parts of my life. Ah, well.)

So anyway, I tried the shredded beef tongue and absolutely fell in love. Salty, spicy, not dry at all…oh man, I still have dreams about this stuff. For a few weeks, we frequented Romo’s and I got the beef tongue every time.


Until One Unfortunate Evening…

…when they told me they didn’t carry it anymore. I asked why. Apparently, a few people complained that the beef tongue was “too close” to the other meat. I wish I knew who those people were, just so I could angrily flip a table and walk out in front of them. Frankly, I still don’t understand why you would complain about something like that. It’s like

To be fair, I’m guessing they didn’t sell a lot of it either. It was seriously the best meat they offered (even though the rest is phenomenal too), but too many people are scared off just because of what it is. What. A. Shame.

Offal Is Awesome.

After grieving about the loss of the amazing shredded beef tongue for a few days, I realized that I had a couple pork tongues in the freezer. Why? Because offal is cheap, cheap, cheap. I think each pork tongue, about 1lb each, cost me less than $2. Yeah – grass fed, organic, pastured pork for less than $2. I tend to have a lot of offal on hand.

I wanted a replacement for the amazing shredded beef tongue I had loved at Romo’s, but I also wanted the entire process to be super easy. Like, so easy that you don’t have an excuse not to make it. So I threw it in the crockpot with some spices and shredded it with a couple forks after about 6 hours.

EUREKA – Easy Pork Tongue Tacos!

Pork Tongue Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Creme

Then I made up an equally lazy Cilantro Avocado Creme to top it off. It’s damn delicious. This entire meal is so incredibly easy!

Now, I’ve seen tongue recipes that tell you to trim away some bits. I didn’t bother with that. Again, I wanted this to be easy. You don’t have to mess around with the tongue before putting it in the crockpot ( I know that grosses some people out). The outside skin did get a little tough while cooking, so at first shredding was a little difficult. But I kept at it and eventually it tore apart. If you want to avoid this, you could add 1/4 cup or so of broth. I didn’t just because I didn’t want the end result to have too much moisture, but there’s nothing wrong with adding it.

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Pork Tongue Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Creme

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 23 servings 1x

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Ingredients

Pork Tongue Tacos

Cilantro Avocado Creme

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ c cilantro
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 2 Tb coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Put all shredded pork tongue ingredients in a small crockpot. If desired, add broth (you may find it easier to shred – mine shredded fine without, but required more elbow grease).
  2. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Use 2 forks to shred the tongue.
  3. To make the cilantro avocado creme, simple add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2-3 tacos

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Spicy Pork Tongue Tacos

Chelsea

I'm Chelsea, the author behind Do You Even Paleo! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

7 thoughts to “Spicy Pork Tongue Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Creme”

  1. This is awesome. You’re awesome. I’m convinced. Although I don’t know if I can find pork tongue for quite that cheap at my farmer’s market. Do you think it comes a little cheaper in ND?

    Also, great story behind the recipe! Really well written and fun to read. I’ll keep you posted on these babies when I make them next weekend :).

    1. It may come a little cheaper here in ND. Part of what makes offal so cheap around here is that so few people want them. It’s hard to find here unless you speak to a rancher directly. I hope the recipe works for you! It’s admittedly tough to shred the tongue with forks, but I *made* it work, haha! And it’s really my favorite way to have it 🙂

  2. I custom raise pork in Michigan. Typical for prosciutto, pancetta, Guanciale, etc.

    Decided to work with more product. Tongue was less than 48 hrs old. My slow cooker is “turkey” size, so I put tongue in small glass bowl, covered with foil with spices & some duck fat, 1/2 cup stock & put I dine slow cooker for 8 hrs.

    AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING !!!!!!!!!

  3. I am excited to try this. My local pork farmer sells offal for $1.99 a pound. I find it really hard to eat meat everyday because of the expense but with that price hopefully I can stretch it out that we can have some more protein in our diet. I believe my hobby has had beef tongue tacos so I hope this will go down well with him. He is a bit more sensitive to the offal than me. I am not exactly in love with offal but I can stomach it enough especially knowing it is helping my body.

    1. That’s one of my favorite things about offal – it’s usually much cheaper than other cuts! I just see it all as meat, so offal has never really struck me as weird. But I guarantee you – tongue is one of the most tender cuts out there. It’s so delicious!

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