Venison Tongue Tacos Recipe

Serving size

Deer: 1-2, Elk: 2-4

Time to make

3-4 hours

Ingredients

1-4 venison tongues
1 yellow onion, quartered
6 cloves of garlic, smashed
1-2 dried chilis (ancho, guajillo, etc.)
3 whole cloves
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. peppercorns
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 bay leaves
Water for cooking
Ice water for cooling
Cooking oil

Tortillas
Fresh chopped cilantro
Diced yellow onion
Sliced jalapeno, radishes, or avocado
Salsa Verde or Pico de Gallo
Lime wedges

Also works with

Deer, antelope, caribou, elk, moose

How to make it

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  1. Scrub the tongues clean under running water with a potato scrubber. You don’t want any dirt or debris in the braising liquid.
  2. Place the tongue, onion, garlic, chilis, clove, salt, peppercorns, cumin seeds, and bay leaves in a large pot with enough water to cover the top. Cover with a lid and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Allow the tongue to gently simmer for several hours. A small deer tongue may take about 3 hours, but a large elk tongue could take up to 6 hours or longer. You will know they are ready when the meat is fork tender and you can easily slide a knife between the outer skin and meat.
  3. Plunge the tongues in cold water until cool to the touch. Use as sharp knife to prick under the thick outer shell in order to separate it from the meat. Have patience and peel this outer layer off. The top portion may peel easily with your fingers, but the bottom of the tongue may need a little more work.
  4. At this point, you can cook the tongue immediately or store it inside the braising liquid in the refrigerator for up to three days. If time is not a concern, I prefer the latter option. To do so, strain the solids from the liquids and return the peeled tongues back to the pot and let them soak to absorb the rich flavors and deep coloration.
  5. Roughly chop the tongue into small pieces.
  6. Heat a large cast iron or sauté pan over high-heat. Add a drizzle of cooking oil or lard into the pan and quickly sear the chopped tongue until crispy and brown.
  7. Serve inside of tortillas with your choice of the suggested toppings.

Serving size

Deer: 1-2, Elk: 2-4

Time to make

3-4 hours

Ingredients

1-4 venison tongues
1 yellow onion, quartered
6 cloves of garlic, smashed
1-2 dried chilis (ancho, guajillo, etc.)
3 whole cloves
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. peppercorns
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 bay leaves
Water for cooking
Ice water for cooling
Cooking oil

Tortillas
Fresh chopped cilantro
Diced yellow onion
Sliced jalapeno, radishes, or avocado
Salsa Verde or Pico de Gallo
Lime wedges

Also works with

Deer, antelope, caribou, elk, moose

Special equipment

large pot, sauté pan