Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde


Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde an easy Mexican recipe
This is a paid partnership with Rumba Meats, all opinions are my own.

This Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde recipe is perfect for a special occasion, like a family gathering or a dinner with friends. You can even cook it the day before, and the flavors will be even better! This is one of the dishes I had thought about preparing for that day back in February when my dear friend Sonia (from La Piña en la Cocina) came to visit me. It’s an easy meal that can be prepared ahead of time, but is still really delicious.

I’m so thankful that the folks at RUMBA Meats made that memorable day possible; everything happened so fast and it was gone too soon that I’m glad that they were able to capture everything on video. It was a day full of emotions, laughter, and even some tears. Meeting Sonia was like getting to see one of my cousins, and cooking together felt like being home with by mom and my brothers and sisters. Enjoying some time in the kitchen and sharing all those memories made me feel like a kid on Christmas morning!

I hope you enjoy this video, where you can see some of that beautiful day in my kitchen.

Enjoy this recipe for Beef Tongue in salsa verde!



  • 1 Beef Tongue from Rumba Meats
  • ½ white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 cups of water


  • 20 oz. of Tomatillos (about 10 medium size tomatillos)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 serrano peppers, or 2 jalapeños*
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde an easy Mexican recipe

The most popular way of making the salsa for this dish is to boil the salsa ingredients, but you can roast the tomatillos, peppers, and garlic cloves if you want to add more flavor to it.
For those of you that like things a little bit spicy, you can use Arbol peppers instead of Serrano or Jalapeño. 5 Arbol peppers will give it enough heat without being too spicy. 

Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde an easy Mexican recipe

1.  Remove beef tongue from its vacuum-sealed package and rinse lightly. Place in a large stock pot (you can use a pressure cooker or an instant pot) and add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme. Cover with the water and bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat and gently simmer for about 2 hours until the meat is tender.

If using a pressure cooker, cook for 40 minutes; on an instant pot, it will take about 35 minutes. Every pot or pressure cooker is different, so the cooking time will vary. The meat will be ready when it is soft enough to eat but not too cooked that it becomes mushy. 

2. Once the meat is cooked, let it cool and remove the outer skin. Next, slice with a sharp knife; the slices should be between 1/3 and ½ in. thick.

3. While the meat is cooking, begin preparing the salsa by removing the husks from the tomatillos and then slightly rinsing them to remove that sticky residue that some of them have.

4. Place the tomatillos in a saucepan with the peppers and garlic cloves and cover with water. Turn the heat to high. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 14-15 minutes until they are cooked.
Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde an easy Mexican Recipe

5.  Let the tomatillos and peppers cool after cooking and then place them in your blender. Process until you have a smooth sauce. In case you feel the salsa is too dry, add a little bit of the cooking water.

6. Heat the oil in a large skillet, pour the salsa in, and season with salt. Add the beef tongue slices and gently simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Right before serving, stir in the chopped cilantro.
Beef Tongue in Salsa Verde and easy Mexican Recipe

Serve with some rice and warm corn tortillas.

Buen Provecho!
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