I'm already pretty sure some of you are cringing in horror after reading "THE T-WORD" in the subject of this post. Beef tongue conjures up revulsion in many people, usually those who have never even sampled this amazing cut of beef (so definitely don't knock it 'till you try it). Beef tongue, being a frequently used muscle, needs to be cooked slowly, much like the tougher cuts used for pot roasts. Much like with pot roast, the slow braising/simmering of the meat transforms a tough cut into a tender, incredibly flavorful meal.
Beef tongues are extremely affordable, and easily found at most ethnic market, especially Hispanic & Asian markets. Also known as lengua in Mexican cuisine, slowly cooked and seasoned with peppers, onions and tomatoes, the tongue has an extremely assertive BEEF taste; not at all like offal as some would expect.
Served atop warm, homemade tortillas, and topped with roasted salsa verde, fresh cilantro, queso fresco and a squeeze of lime, there is no better taco to fully encompass the traditional flavors of Mexico. Enjoying one of these, and fully grasping the amount of work involved, will REALLY make you appreciate the measly price of $1.75 charged by local taquerias here in Birmingham.