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slow cooker korean tacos

I was reading an article on HuffPost Taste and had to laugh. It is called the 22 Most Hipster Foods on the Planet and this recipe qualifies with 4. Food truck (this is inspired by the ones that I get from the Takorean truck), taco, kimchi, Korean taco. If I served it with a craft pale ale, it would be a complete hipster meal. I am too old to be a hipster (my grandmother isn’t, apparently) but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate a fancy doughnut, cold brew coffee, or Brussels sprout.

I love the Korean tacos that Takorean makes at Union Market, and I crave them all the time. But getting there can be a pain. It is really true what they say about DC traffic. It is awful and really hinders a lot of my culinary adventures. I don’t feel like fighting traffic on the Beltway, but I am willing to recreate something that I love. And while these are not exactly the same, they absolutely did the trick when I was craving a taco and didn’t want to get in the car.

I made mine in the slow cooker. Not exactly authentic, but makes this an easy weeknight meal. Start it in the morning, and by dinnertime, you have tender, fall apart, beef. I bought my kimchi at the Asian grocery store near me, but I think that you can get it in a lot of regular grocery stores these days. If not, a little cabbage slaw would be good. The squeeze of lime at the end makes all of the flavors come alive.

slow cooker korean taco recipe

3lbs. chuck roast
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 sliced onion
10 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons grated ginger
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Lime Cream:

1 cup sour cream
zest of one lime
juice from one lime
salt

To serve:

Kimchi
lime wedges
Siracha
sesame seeds
corn tortillas
cilantro

slow cooker korean beef soft tacosAdd the beef, brown sugar, soy sauce, onion, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to the insert of a slow cooker.

slow cooker beef soft taco recipeCover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. The meat will be fork tender and fall apart. Use a fork to shred the beef and crush the garlic cloves. Stir and coat with the sauce.

lime cream recipeMix together the sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl.

slow cooker beef taco recipeHeat the tortillas, top with beef, lime cream, kimchi, sriracha, cilantro, and sesame seeds. This recipe is adapted from Family Fun Magazine.

slow cooker korean beef taco recipes

Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

Ingredients

    Slow Cooker Korean Beef
  • 3lbs. chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 sliced onion
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons grated ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Lime Cream:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • zest of one lime
  • juice from one lime
  • salt
  • To serve:
  • Kimchi
  • lime wedges
  • Siracha
  • sesame seeds
  • corn tortillas
  • cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add the beef, brown sugar, soy sauce, onion, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to the insert of a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. The meat will be fork tender and fall apart. Use a fork to shred the beef and crush the garlic cloves. Stir and coat with the sauce.
  3. Mix together the sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Heat the tortillas, top with beef, lime cream, kimchi, sriracha, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
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24 Responses to Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos

  1. laura says:

    I work in DC and the tacos at Takorean are amazing. Im going to try your recipe too! Looks delicious!

  2. Kathy says:

    These sound delicious! And perfect for a busy weeknight!

  3. Amanda says:

    This look so good! I’ve never had korean food of any type but the flavors in this sound lovely.

  4. Karly says:

    Oh, I bet that smelled so good coming from the crockpot!

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  6. christine says:

    question: I thought when cooking in pressure cookers the meat has to be covered with fluid? the soy sauce and few tables spoons of other doesn’t seem like enough fluids to cover a 3 lb chuck meat?

    • bakedbree says:

      I am not using a pressure cooker, it is a slow cooker. And for a slow cooker you do not need to cover completely with liquid.

  7. You are definitely cool enough to be a hipster! :) these tacos look sooo good! And there is nothing wrong with using the slow cooker for this… is the recipe that makes food authentic. LOVE your photos! So clean and crisp.

  8. Holly says:

    Hi there!

    I just made these for lunch for my mom so she wouldn’t have to cook! Everyone in my family loved them, along with our visitor who frequently eats Korean food! Thank you so much for a great recipe! :)

  9. Shannon says:

    It’s a drizzly day here, so these are in the slow cooker right now – just need to buy the accompaniments. Great suggestion! I think kimchi fried rice will make the menu this weekend too.

    • Shannon says:

      Thanks for the recipe and idea Bree! Super easy and so so so so yummy! It packs a lot of flavour in the first bite! That sour cream/lime was delicious. I think I need to eat leftovers with fish tomorrow.

    • bakedbree says:

      That sounds amazing! I love kimchi!

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  11. kelley says:

    I ADORE these. Anytime I can make dinner with the slow cooker it’s a win. And I love me some tacos!!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Having just eaten the beef tacos at Takorean last week I was thrilled to see this recipe. We made it last night for friends and it was a huge hit. The recipe will be joining my favorites for simple yet impressive meals! Thank you!

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