Braised Beef Cheek Tacos

With the price of food skyrocketing, it’s wise to make financially savvy food purchases.

When it comes to meat, there are many cuts that are less expensive and still very delicious.

Compared to popular steak cuts like Porterhouse, beef cheeks aren’t an expensive cut of meat. They’re one of the best cheap cuts of meat for slowing cooking or braising.

And, the best part is they are rich in collagen and protein. Beef cheeks are higher in protein and lower in calories and fat than conventional cuts of meat.

They have an extra-beefy flavor and cooking it in liquid (braising) makes them very tender and delicious. It takes a bit of time to braise the meat until it’s at the desired tenderness, and it’s totally worth it.

Once the beef is cooked, you can add it into taco shells or tortillas and top with any ingredients you’d like – shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, chopped cilantro, lettuce, hot sauce.

Not every store carries beef cheeks, but your butcher shop or local farmer would probably have them.

If you have a taco night planned, try these. You won’t be disappointed!

Braised Beef Cheek Tacos
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Recipe type: Food is Medicine
Cuisine: Holistic Health Coach Recipes
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 2pounds trimmed beef cheeks, cut into large chunks
  • 1large onion, diced small
  • 2carrots, diced
  • 4cloves garlic, minced
  • 3cups beef stock (or water)
  • 1 - 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven (thick-walled pot with heavy lid) over medium-high heat.
  3. Add beef and cook until browned, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Add onion, carrots and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour beef stock and tomatoes into the Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Add oregano, thyme, bay leaves and salt.
  6. Cover with a tight lid and place into the oven.
  7. Cook until beef is soft and easy to pull apart with a fork (3-4 hours).
  8. Shred the beef, and fill your tacos with your favorite ingredients.