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Best Brisket Taco Recipe

brisket taco recipe

As a food writer and a lover of Mexican cuisine, I am always on the lookout for the perfect taco recipe. After much experimentation, I have finally found the ultimate combination of tender brisket, fresh toppings, and flavorful seasonings. This recipe is easy to make and sure to impress your guests at your next taco night.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Recipe Cuisine: Mexican
  • Aggregate Rating: 5/5


  • 3 lbs. beef brisket
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced onions
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Lime wedges


  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Rub the spice mixture all over the brisket.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together beef broth, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Place the brisket in a large dutch oven or roasting pan. Pour the sauce over the brisket.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 4 hours, or until the brisket is tender and easily shredded with a fork.
  6. Remove the brisket from the pan and let it cool slightly. Shred the meat with a fork and discard any excess fat.
  7. Heat up tortillas on a griddle or in the microwave.
  8. Assemble the tacos with shredded brisket, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Nutritions Table

Nutrition Information DetailsAmount Per Serving
Total Fat15.2g
Saturated Fat5.5g
Total Carbohydrate31.5g
Dietary Fiber4.4g
Total Sugars10.8g

Recipes FAQ

  • Can I use a slow cooker instead of an oven?
  • Yes, you can cook the brisket in a slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.

  • Can I use a different cut of meat?
  • While brisket is the traditional cut of meat for tacos, you can also use chuck roast or beef short ribs.

  • Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
  • Yes, the brisket can be cooked and shredded ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or on the stovetop before assembling the tacos.

  • Can I freeze the leftover brisket?
  • Yes, the leftover brisket can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

  • What toppings go well with brisket tacos?
  • Some popular toppings include avocado, cotija cheese, pickled jalapenos, and hot sauce.

  • What type of tortillas should I use?
  • Corn tortillas are the traditional choice for tacos, but you can also use flour tortillas.

Recipes Tips

For the best flavor, make sure to use a good quality beef brisket. Look for one that has a nice layer of fat on top, which will help keep the meat moist during cooking.

Don't skimp on the toppings! The fresh ingredients add a pop of color and flavor to the tacos.

If you want to add a little heat to the tacos, try adding some sliced jalapenos or a few dashes of hot sauce.