Adventures in Eating

2 Jun 2009 by admin, No Comments »

Guess what we had for dinner a few days ago. Tongue.

Looks gross, eh? I saw it at a local farmers market — organic, grass fed beef tongue. I have always been curious about this cut — knowing that tongue was considered a delicacy at one time. I wondered whether it really was tasty. I felt brave and renegade-like buying something so hideous with the intent to cook and eat it. My kids almost retched when I showed them what was for dinner. I cooked it in a crock pot all afternoon with some peppercorns, parsley and a sliced onion. After skinning it, it looked much more appetizing. Underneath the disgusting, hairy-looking skin is, well, muscle which is pure meat. I sliced it and tossed it in a skillet with some sauteed onion and taco seasoning.


We ate it rolled in homemade corn tortillas. Delicious! The kids even rated “tongue tacos” as a 9.5 on the yummy-food grading system we have (10 is best!). It didn’t hurt that they had faux-margaritas with their tacos.



Hey, I am not above bribery to get them to try new foods. This time, it worked.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Hand over the faux margaritas, but I don’t think I am brave enough to try tongue. Bravo to your courageous kiddos!

  2. Megan says:

    Jamon declared “No, never, never never ever. no.” LOL
    Your kids were brave, very brave!

  3. Yvonne Todd says:

    These are my favorite tacos to order at our local taco stand! I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Lengua (Spanish for tongue) until a friend and I went to a MEXICAN restaurant for lunch. When you walk in and you’re one of the few “Gringo’s” you know it’s REAL Mexican food! As a child we made Empanidita’s at Christmas and tongue is one of my favorite fillings. Congratulations on introducing them to your family!

  4. shannon says:

    oh the picture squicks me out! kudos to you guys.

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