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Beef Tongue Flautas

beef tongue flautas

As my family enjoys our vacation this week, I’m inviting some of my favorite bloggers to guest post here and bring you their best recipes and nutrition insights. The first blogger to take me up on my offer was a fellow Austinite, Lindsey, the Homemade Mommy. Thank you, Lindsey, for sharing here today!

Last Spring I purchased my first half share of a veal cow from a local raw milk dairy farm. Before I go on, please understand this wasn’t the proverbial veal of the 1980′s – this was responsibly raised veal from a farmer I know and trust. This bulk meat purchase has taught me true ‘nose to tail’ cooking and eating, and has been a delicious experience to say the least. My most recent adventure was with tongue. I figured the best way to get my family to enjoy tongue was to roll it up and fry it! Enter beef tongue flautas, or as you might know them, taquitos. I promise this will be a hit with your family!

First I needed to prepare the tongue and that meant poaching the tongue until it was tender enough to remove the tough outer skin. I poached the tongue with ingredients that would also create a beautiful broth for later use.

Poached Tongue

The Players

  • 1 beef tongue
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 carrot, sliced into chunks
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced into a few chunks
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2-3 stems parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf

The How-To
Insert the cloves into the onion halves then add them to the pan with the other vegetables and the tongue. Add enough cold water to cover the tongue. Slowly bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Skim any scum from the broth that floats to the top. Once simmering, add the spices, herbs, and garlic. Lower the heat and cover, simmer until the tongue is tender. This took about 2 hours using a regular stock pot on the stove.

When the tongue is tender, remove it to a plate and peel the tough outer skin. It might help to wear rubber gloves as the tongue will be quite hot, but it is easier to peel it now as the skin is easier to remove when hot. Discard the skin, or feed it to your pets like I did. When peeled and cool, chop into small pieces for the flautas. Save the cooking liquid to make flavorful nourishing rice or soup.

Beef Tongue Flautas

The Players

The How-To
Bring a medium saucepan to medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add a tablespoon of beef tallow, the beef tongue, and taco seasoning. Sauté the tongue until browned, then add the ketchup and cook a few minutes longer. Remove from heat.

Bring another pan to medium high heat and add another tablespoon of beef tallow to the hot pan. Heat the tortillas in the hot oil to make them pliable, but not crispy. Spoon a small amount of the beef tongue into one of the tortillas and roll it up like a cigar. Pierce through the center of the rolled up tortilla with a toothpick to hold it together. Roll up a second tortilla with the beef tongue and then add it to the same toothpick. Repeat the process with further pairs until you have used up your beef tongue and tortillas, creating pairs of flautas sharing one toothpick as pictured below.

frying beef tongue flautas

Heat your pan again to medium high heat. Add ½ cup of the beef tallow to the hot pan. When the oil is hot, add in a couple of the flauta pairs and fry until browned. Turn them over and fry the other side until browned and crispy. If the oil starts to smoke, pour it out and start over. Drain on a kitchen towel or paper towel while you finish frying the rest of the flautas, adding more beef tallow as needed.

Enjoy with guacamole and sour cream for dipping!

Meet Lindsey

Lindsey works in a full time corporate job at a software company and is a wife to an amazingly supportive husband as well as a mother to a 3 year old daughter. She also blogs about food — Real Food — at Homemade Mommy. Frankly, I’m astounded by her! She finds the time and makes a commitment to homemade cooking because eating this way has truly changed her life and her family’s life. Ditching processed food has helped her family heal from a number of ailments including asthma, allergies, recurrent sinus infections and ADHD. She buys organic, from family farms, local and grass-fed. She is passionate about achieving vibrant health and is happy to share her recipes, experiences, and stories with you in the hopes that it will help you create your own path.

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14 Responses to Beef Tongue Flautas
  1. Kathy @ Granny's Vital Vittles
    March 1, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Looks delish Lindsey! I have a beef tongue and I didn’t know what to make with it … now I know :-)

  2. Lindsey @ Homemade Mommy
    March 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Thank you Kathy! This is seriously yummy!

  3. Kathleen | Becoming Peculiar
    March 1, 2013 | 10:56 am

    This is perfect! Thanks! I recently got a tongue with my recent beef order, and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. I’ll have to put this on the menu for next week. Thanks again!

  4. Sarah @ Fit Family Together
    March 2, 2013 | 11:38 am

    I’m wondering if you could use this recipe for goat tongue or pig tongue? Any feedback on this?

    We raise our own goats and pigs and it would be great to use the tongues!

  5. Allison
    March 2, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    I think it looks yummy, but I can tell you with great confidence that Ayurveda would not recommend that meal after giving birth.

    • KristenM
      March 2, 2013 | 1:29 pm

      Did you accidentally comment on the wrong post? This recipe post has nothing to do with Ayurveda.

  6. Christy
    March 2, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    I gladly take anyone’s “liver, tongue, tail, heart” that they get with their cow order – and the tongue is the one piece that stumps me. I will so be making this for my family!

  7. Diana Davenport
    March 3, 2013 | 1:31 am

    As an aside… I just wanted to clear on little thing up: There is an official difference between flautas and taquitos. Flautas are mad with corn tortillas, and taquitos are made with flour. Sorry to be so pedantic, but I am a Texan in Germany where there is barely any Mexican food to begin with, the vast majority is far from authentic, and they even think Margaritas are made with lemons instead of limes. Egad!!!

    • Traci
      March 3, 2013 | 6:11 am

      Diana – One of my daughter’s wants to graduate college and teach in Germany for a few years. My first question to her was, “Yes, but can you get raw milk?!!” Ha! Can you tell me how it is there getting real food?

    • Lindsey @ Homemade Mommy
      March 4, 2013 | 9:26 pm

      Being from El Paso, Texas originally I beg to differ. Yes-flautas are traditionally made with corn tortillas but they also make taquitos with corn. I have never seen a taquito made with flour! I have seen a ‘flaquito’ before made with flour though. I think some restaurants just don’t know what they are serving and they use the name that people know. The real reason I threw in the term ‘taquitos’ anyway was so that people not from Texas or Mexico knew what I was talking about!

  8. Rusty
    March 3, 2013 | 8:32 pm

    We do this every chance we get but we pressure cook the tongue and the time to cook goes down to only one hour (if it’s a smaller one ie. one pound) and it turns out super tender!

  9. Bebe
    March 4, 2013 | 10:08 pm

    So is this what is meant by “slip of the tongue”? Lol. Sorry, the devil made me say it. ;)

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