Instant Pot Beef Tongue (Lengua) is extremely easy to make and is a special treat for a dinner! This is some tender and flavorful meat that you can use in so many different ways once you cook it up.
Beef Tongue ranks up there as one of the most overlooked pieces of beef to use in home cooking, but it is so delicious!
It was used heavily in America 50-70 years ago when no part of a cow from the local farms went to waste. Women began to get creative with beef tongue in the 1950s and it started to show up in various recipes in cookbooks. I’m not really sure why it has waned in popularity. Sure, it gives some people the “ewww” factor, but frankly, most people wouldn’t even know that they were eating the tongue if you didn’t tell them.
🐮 Why This Recipe Works
Easy, easy, easy – Wait until you look at the steps, it is a dump and go recipe, which means it’s completely hands off for busy nights.
Meal Prepping Heaven – Make this in no time and then you can simply shred this for Tacos, Enchiladas, Nachos and more. Make any of these additional recipes in about 15-20 minutes, so think about those nights when time is crunched for meals.
Delicious – If you haven’t grown up eating tongue, it may sound strange to think that people eat it and love it, but we do. Many countries serve this as a delicacy rather than a backup like we might observe in the U.S. It is moist, tender and melts in your mouth, thanks to the IP.
🥘 Where to Purchase
You can buy beef tongue from your butcher or several grocery stores.
If you are looking at your grocery store, check near where the livers are sold. Also, check in the frozen meat section. Sometimes they put them there, as beef tongue is not sought out as much as it used to be. If you don’t see it there, go to the meat counter and ask the butcher.
Check the local butcher or a farmers market that sells organic meats and vegetables. That is where we found two of ours. We also got one when we purchased a ½ cow years ago and that started our quest on how to cook beef tongue in the first place.
Either way, you can always call ahead before leaving your house.
If you are an Instant Pot cook, you know how fast, easy and flavorful that cooking in a pressure cooker can be! The meat always comes out tender and delicious and best of all, it is virtually hands off! I love saving time in the kitchen as much as possible.
Step One: Rinse the tongue and place it in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add in red onion and garlic cloves. Add one cup of water.
Step Two: Turn the Instant Pot on HIGH MANUAL for 90 minutes. Once the timer goes off, allow it to naturally depressurize.
Step Three: Remove the tongue, peel the hard layer of skin and serve up into slices for dinner.
TIP: Alternatively, make tacos, enchiladas, or grind it up for a sandwich mix (this is what my mom did in the “good ol’ days”) and it is incredible.
🧊 Freezer Tips
You bet! I wrap mine in saran and place it in a freezer safe Ziploc bag. It stays good in the freezer for about three months.
🍴 What to Do with the Peeling?
Don’t throw out the hard outer surface of the beef tongue after you peel it. It is great for adding to a pot for making your own bone broth. Stack them together and freeze them until it is time to make your homemade bone broth.
📌 Instant Pot Manual
Stay safe when using your Instant Pot. If you are unsure how to work your model, check out the Instant Pot Manual Page to double check if you have any questions. Each IP is slightly different, so referencing your model is best for all recipes if you are unsure.
Cooking this in the Instant Pot easily tenderizes the meat and comes out moist and tender. Cooking the beef tongue in the Instant Pot makes the meat to get so tender that you don’t even need a knife to cut it. Either use the side of a fork or shred it by hand.
Allow the tongue to naturally release (meaning don’t open the lid until all the steam has dissipated). It will take about 20-30 minutes.
It’s not fatty. It is an organ that doesn’t have fat attached to it, but it is not low calorie either.
It actually is. It has a lot of fatty acids, zinc, iron and B12 and benefits those recovering from illnesses. It should be eaten in moderation since it has a higher cholesterol content.
My grandmother would make beef tongue recipes when we were sick. All those great vitamins and nutrients were thought to help us get over our colds faster.
If you allow the tongue to cool too much, the outside can become hard to peel off. It is best to tackle this when it is warm.
I get that question a lot! It is extremely mild and tastes like flank steak or a mild steak. It is tender and flavorful due to the fat content.
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Instant Pot Beef Tongue
- 1 Beef Tongue two to three pounds
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 cup Water
- Place one cup of water in bottom of Instant Pot. Place beef tongue on top of the water.
- Cover tongue with chopped red onion and garlic.
- Turn Instant Pot on MANUAL HIGH for 90 minutes. Allow to naturally release the pressure.
- Once cooked and cooled slightly, the outside of the tongue will gently pull away from the meat easily and now you can make tacos, enchiladas, sandwiches or whatever you'd like. It will peel easily as long it is warm. If it cools off completely, it becomes difficult to peel.