How To Cook Beef Tongue [Crock Pot]

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

Easy Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tongue Recipe

Beef tongue, (also known as "lengua") is a delicious and nutritious organ meat, and is extremely simple to prepare! We're sharing with you the most fool proof, easy beef tongue recipe for effortlessly moist and delicious shredded meat. Beef tongue is considered a delicacy, and once you try this recipe, you'll understand why! It is loaded with healthy fat and protein, as well as an abundance of micronutrients, especially high in vitamin B12.

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Acquiring a beef tongue may leave you slightly intimidated and ultimately confused on what to do with it - which makes sense, it is a tongue... Most of us were never taught how to cook a tongue!

Don't fear! Cooking beef tongue is extremely simple and actually requires very little work on your end. The toughest part is typically accessing the beef tongue in the first place, but once you have one, here's how to prepare it for the ultimate, moist & juicy shredded meat!

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What does beef tongue taste like?

Beef tongue is relatively similar to cuts of red meat, such as lamb shank or ank steak, but fattier and more mild. The texture is very dense yet tender, and when shredded, beef tongue is similar to beef barbacoa or carnitas! AKA: delicious!


Per 100g, raw*:

Calories: 248

Fat: 16g

Protein: 15g

Carbs: 3.5g

*100g raw beef tongue is about 70g cooked beef tongue, if you are curious!

Hope you enjoy this recipe! Surely you'll become just as obsessed with how wonderful beef tongue is as we are!

shredded beef tongue recipe



  1. Place beef tongue in crockpot & heavily season with salt. Add bay leaves if desired. 

  2. Pour in enough water to completely cover the beef tongue. 

  3. Set crockpot to low & cook for 8 hours, until the tongue is tender enough to poke through with a fork and come out easily. 

  4. Once finished, remove beef tongue from the crockpot and allow to cool. Once cooked, place beef tongue onto a working surface & begin to peel the outer layer of skin. It is much easier to peel the skin off after the tongue has been cooked, so you should be able to slit the skin with a knife and use your hands to peel. 

  5. Once cooled & peeled, using a fork, shred the beef tongue meat by scraping at the surface & ‘pulling’ down. 

  6. To keep the meat juicy, save the broth that was created in the crockpot & pour desired amount over meat!

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