Korean Beef Tacos

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Bulgogi style Korean Beef Tacos that are easy enough to make any day of the week. These Korean beef tacos are sweet, spicy, and a hit with the whole family.

slow cooker korean tacos

I was reading an article about the most hipster foods and had to laugh, because this recipe qualifies as 3 of them: food truck tacos, kimchi, and Korean tacos. 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 (or my doughnut sandwich cookies), cold brew coffee, and brussels sprouts.

I love the Korean tacos that Takorean makes at Union Market in DC, and I crave them all the time, but getting there can be a pain. I’m always more than willing to recreate something that I love, though. 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 there are other methods that make this an easy weeknight meal, too.

What Makes These Korean Beef Tacos So Good?

These tacos are so full of flavor, it’ll be hard to have just one. When you slow cook beef, it takes on an entirely new level of flavor, because all of the ingredients have time to soak into the meat. The tender, juicy beef, paired with a zesty lime cream are good enough on their own, but when you add the extra toppings, you get spice, crunch, and vinegar in every bite.

Ingredients

The ingredients are pretty basic, with a bunch of optional toppings. Here’s what you’ll need to make these Korean beef tacos:

The beef:

  • 3 lb chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

The lime cream:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt

To serve:

  • kimchi
  • lime wedges
  • Sriracha
  • sesame seeds
  • corn tortillas
  • cilantro

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

Hot to Make – The Steps

When using a slow cooker, I like to start it in the morning, and by dinnertime, you have tender, fall-apart, beef. You can also use a Dutch oven or other large pot instead.

Step 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 or pot.

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Step 2: Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours if using a slow cooker. If using a pot or Dutch oven, use a low heat for 2 to 3 hours. The meat will be tender and fall apart when it’s ready. Use a fork to shred the beef and crush the garlic cloves. Stir and coat with the sauce.

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Step 3: Mix together the sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl.

lime cream recipe

Step 4: Heat the tortillas, top with beef, lime cream, kimchi, Sriracha, cilantro, and sesame seeds.

Variations

Change Up The Meat: One of the great things about this dish is that you can make tacos out of just about anything. If you want to make a vegetarian version, swap out the beef for your favorite meat alternative, like Quorn or tofu. You can also make a chicken version if you’re not feeling the beef.

Change Up The Toppings: When it comes to the toppings for these Korean beef tacos, let your imagination run wild. You can serve these tacos with just about anything you want. Add some cheese, swap the cilantro for some parsley, or incorporate other zingy ingredients, like jalapeños for an extra kick.

FAQs //

I thought, when using a slow cooker, the meat had to be covered in liquid?

This is sometimes the case, but more so for pressure cookers. I use a slow cooker in my recipe, which doesn’t require the meat to be completely submerged. Don’t worry, the meat will still be nice and tender because the steam keeps it moist.

What goes well with these Korean beef tacos?

These tacos are great on their own, but if you want to bulk them out a little, I’d recommend a slaw, salad (like my cucumber and onion salad), or a side of pan-fried vegetables. And don’t forget to save room for dessert.

I’m trying to feed a crowd. How many servings does this recipe make?

It depends on how hungry everyone is, but I’d say around 5 or 6 servings. Feel free to double up the recipe if you have a particularly large or hungry crowd.

slow cooker beef taco recipe

How to Store Korean Beef Tacos

When you’re storing these tacos, you’ll want to keep the ingredients separate because the tortillas will get soggy if they’re sitting with the beef and sauce in them overnight. Wrap up the beef and lime cream in different containers and keep cold in the fridge for up to four days.

If you want to make the beef ahead of time, or save it for a longer period of time, you can keep it in the freezer for up to two months. When reheating, simply place the beef in a pot on the stove over a medium-low setting and stir as it heats up.

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Korean Beef Tacos

Slow Cooker Korean Tacos

bakedbree
Bulgogi style Korean Beef Tacos that are easy enough to make any day of the week. These Korean beef tacos are sweet, spicy, and a hit with the whole family.
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 569 kcal

Ingredients
  

Slow Cooker Korean Beef

  • 3 lbs. 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
 

  • Add the beef, brown sugar, soy sauce, onion, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to the insert of a slow cooker.
  • 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.
  • Mix together the sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Heat the tortillas, top with beef, lime cream, kimchi, sriracha, cilantro, and sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 569kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 45gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 906mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13g
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