Lengua En Salsa De Tomate Y Rajas (Braised Beef Tongue)

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Total Recipe Time:  3-3/4 to 4-3/4 hours
Makes 6 servings

1 beef tongue (about 3-1/2 pounds)
2 large onions, divided
4 cloves garlic, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, chopped
3 large roasted poblano peppers, peeled, seeded, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Serving Suggestions:
Hot cooked rice, potatoes, side salad of shredded lettuce, chopped onion and tomato
1.Chop 1 onion and mince 2 cloves garlic; set aside. Cut remaining onion into quarters. Peel remaining 2 cloves garlic; leave whole. Place beef tongue, onion quarters and whole cloves garlic in stockpot. Add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 3 to 4 hours or until tongue is fork-tender.
2.Remove tongue; cool slightly. Remove and discard skin from tongue; cut away roots. Carve tongue diagonally across the grain into 1/2-inch slices. Set aside.
3.Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add chopped onion; cook and stir 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Add minced garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, poblano peppers, salt, thyme, oregano and black pepper; cook and stir 8 to 10 minutes or until tomatoes are softened. Add sliced tongue; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes to blend flavors.
4.Serve with Serving Suggestions or as desired.

Cook's Tip:  To roast peppers, arrange on large sheet of aluminum foil. Place on broiler rack so surface of peppers is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 12 to 15 minutes or until skin is blackened, turning frequently. Fold aluminum foil over peppers to enclose. Let stand 5 minutes to loosen skins.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 279 calories; 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat); 94 mg cholesterol; 444 mg sodium; 12 g carbohydrate; 3.8 g fiber; 16 g protein; 3.7 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.2 mcg vitamin B12; 3.4 mg iron; 9.9 mcg selenium; 3.3 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and zinc; and a good source of fiber, niacin, iron and selenium.
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