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Lengua Loaded Tacos
Time for me to vent. But what else do I do on this blog? It’s my diary. With other people reading it. Ya creeps.
I’m kidding. Don’t go getting all emotional on me, I’m already a sh*t show.
It’s be a tough couple past days. On Saturday morning, we began landscaping on our property. We had a giant tree in the front yard that needed to come down before something like lightning struck and it came through our house. And we needed to have our entire back yard property line of bushes come out as well. All so we can put a fence up and begin to make our house look like we give a damn. I left for the gym as they began cutting down the tree in our front yard so when I came home to a flooded laundry room in our basement, I began the juggling game: dealing with the landscaping while trying to solve the plumbing issue myself. After nothing worked, since well I know absolutely nothing about plumbing, I called up a plumber and he came to roto rooter or whatever the hell it’s called.
He instantly knew something wasn’t right and called for a sewer scope. Boom, our sewer line had collapsed. Luckily it hadn’t collapsed completely that we had feces in our basement or some horror like that, but enough that the only way to solve the issue was to dig 8 feet deep and repair where the damage was done. You see, old Denver home sewer lines were built out of clay. Genius. And luckily the line went through a really convenient place: below our cement patio. So they began cutting and digging and after they fixed the small issue near the house, they scoped the rest of the line which went through the entire back yard and found what? More collapsed lines. Because, well, THEY’RE MADE OF F*CKING CLAY. So since they were already there, digging away, they asked us if we wanted them to do it all because this would all just happen again later on if it wasn’t replaced. We agreed and I went and sat on the toilet that I could not flush, to cry and cry.
We have our wedding coming up in less than a month, which we are paying for. And it’s tax season and since I own my own business, well you know how that goes. Perfect timing. We had been saving for the past year for the fence and some landscaping but no where in there were we prepared for a new sewer line. You know why? Because our contractor lied to us and even though he knew there were issues, he ignored them and told us nothing of the fact. What a terrible human being.
When sh*t like this happens, I have a real hard time turning on the positivity. Especially since I haven’t heard back from insurance yet and I am pmsing like a mother f*cker. Will insurance pay for it? I have absolutely no clue right now. I just know that we are freaking the f*ck out and I’m trying to not go off the deep end. Even though I remind myself how lucky we are to even own a home and have our health and get to marry each other in less than a month, IN JAMAICA, the money just has a much stronger voice and opinion in this situation. Especially since this could have been completely avoided before we moved in. Sorry for all the downer talk guys, it just sometimes hard to see the light when so many human beings are creating clouds.
But you know what doesn’t create clouds? TACOS! There is an amazing taco place in Denver that seriously has the best tacos I’ve ever had. And when we recently went there for date night a few weeks back, I decided to man up and try their lengua taco. I was scared and creeped out but it was totally amazing. This is where that taco was inspired from! Because when Yellowstone Beef sent me some slabs of meat, including a giant tongue, I was very intimidated…mostly creeped out. The taco place made me step up and own that beef tongue. Ew. Just try it, ok?
Lengua Loaded Tacos
- Yield: 3-4 1x
For the tomatillo salsa
- 1–2 tablespoons ghee
- 10 tomatillos
- 3 jalapeños
- 2 garlic cloves
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/3 cup packed cilantro
- salt, to taste
For the shredded beef
- 1 beef tongue
- 3 garlic cloves
- enough beef broth to cover
- 1/2 white onion, sliced
- salt, to taste
For the pineapple mayo*
For the tacos
- To help with time management on these, make your tomatillo salsa a day ahead so you don’t have to mess with it the day of. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place tomatillos and jalapeños on the baking sheet. Use a brush to brush each pepper with a bit of ghee or coconut oil and then sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven to cook for 20-30 minutes, until charred on the outside. Let cool then run under cold water to help peel off and discard the skin and seeds of the jalapeños. Place all ingredients for the salsa in the food processor and blend until smooth. Place in the fridge to cool.
- Cut three deep holes in the beef tongue and press the garlic cloves in the holes. Place the tongue in the crockpot then cover with beef broth, onion and a healthy amount of salt. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Once cooked, remove from broth to let cool for a couple minutes then peel back the skin of the tongue with the tastebuds. Shred or chop (I did both) then set back in the broth to soak up more flavor while you finish other ingredients.
- Place all ingredients for the pineapple mayo into a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Lastly, place a medium pan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1-2 tablespoons of ghee or coconut oil. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chopped and shredded tongue from the liquid and let it drain a bit (this will make sure that the tongue gets crispy in the pan) then place it in the pan in one single layer. Let cook for 2-3 minutes until browned and crispy on one side, then use a spatula to flip the meat to the other side and let cook for 1-2 more minutes, until crispy.
- Then build the tacos: tortilla, crispy tongue, tomatillo salsa, avocado slices, radishes, diced pineapple, pineapple mayo, and cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice on top! Serve immediately!
*Pineapple mayo does not keep for very long. Use this in 2-3 days before discarding.
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