Speaking Lengua

I'm about to turn you on to something you absolutely must try. We all know about its existence, but many people seem intimidated by it, and feel repulsed when thinking about eating it. We're talking tongue, and although many animals' tongues make great eating, I'm specifically referring to the large and somewhat scary looking tongue of a cow.

While many grocery stores carry cows' tongue, it doesn't hurt to call ahead and make sure your butcher is well endowed. If it's not something they regularly carry, ask them to order one or two for you; they freeze well, and it never hurts to have a back-up tongue on hand.

The tongue is a very well exercised muscle, so the first thing you need to do is give it a long, slow simmer in big pot of flavorful liquid. I usually cover the tongue with water and add a good handful of salt, a few bay leaves, some peppercorns, an entire head of garlic, some chopped carrot, celery, and an onion. It takes at least two hours to achieve the velvety softness that is tongue's textural hallmark. It is that texture, along with some seriously deep beefy flavor, that makes tongue one of the world's greatest delicacies. After simmering, allow the tongue to cool down enough so that you can peel off the outer skin, taste buds and all. Trim away any gristly bits where the muscle was connected, and you're all set. You can now slice the ultra tender, tasty meat into medallions for grilling or sauteing, dice it into cubes for soups or stews, or shred it for sandwiches.

I typically make use of the long simmering time to whip up a roasted tomatillo salsa with lots of green chilli, garlic, and onions. I'll also pull out the masa harina and start in on the tortilla making process. To me, beef tongue is the absolute best taco filling, and I love to dice the cooked tongue, brown the cubes in a hot saute pan, and then pour the tomatillo salsa over the top. A few minutes of gentle simmering allows all the flavors to marry, then I finish with a big handful of chopped cilantro.

Spoon some of that into a hot, fresh, hand-made tortilla, sprinkle some shredded red cabbage and minced onion over the top, and finish with a good squeeze of lime. It may be simple Mexican street food, but it is truly one of the most focused and delicious combinations of flavors you're ever going to taste. Just make sure to not think about who's really tasting who!

Browse Culinary Arts Schools & Colleges

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Culinary Arts (AS)
            • Program areas include Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more
            • Students are taught cooking styles from around the globe, including Classical European, Asian, and Latin cuisine
            • Curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a chef, with course topics that include Culinary Techniques, Management by Menu, and Nutrition
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Intensive Sommelier Training
            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
            • Campuses in New York and Silicon Valley with nearby housing available
            Show more [+]
            Culinary Arts
            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • Externship opportunities are available at numerous famous New York City restaurants.
            • Campus is located near downtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many popular attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid