Beef Brisket Tacos

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 8 hours


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Birthday parties back home were big gatherings of cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and anyone else we considered family. As soon as guests arrived, hot pans of shredded brisket, or carne deshebrada, appeared, along with frijoles, tostadas, salsas and huge bowls of salad. We always counted brisket tacos because the brisket could be made in the oven or a slow cooker. —Yvette Marquez, Muy Bueno Recipes + Stories, Littleton, Colorado


  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 cup brisket marinade sauce or liquid smoke plus 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds), fat trimmed
  • 20 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • Optional: Shredded cheddar cheese, lime wedges, media crema table cream, fresh cilantro leaves, thinly sliced green onions, jalapeno slices and salsa


  1. In a bowl or shallow dish, combine the first five ingredients. Add brisket; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Transfer brisket and marinade to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until tender, 8-10 hours. Remove meat; discard bay leaves. Reserve juices in slow cooker. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker.
  3. Using tongs, serve shredded brisket in tortillas. Add toppings as desired.

Can you freeze beef brisket tacos?

Once cooled, freeze the meat mixture and juices in airtight freezer containers. To use, partially thaw the meat and juices in the refrigerator overnight, then heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Editor’s Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef. The recipe was tested with Claude's Barbeque Brisket Marinade Sauce.

Beef Brisket Tacos Tips

What are the best toppings for brisket tacos?

There are endless toppings for brisket tacos! In addition to cheese, cilantro and sour cream, spoon on some pico de gallo, mild tomato salsa or guacamole.

What are the best tortillas for brisket tacos?

This recipe calls for corn tortillas but flour tortillas work well, too. No matter what you use, be sure to warm them in the microwave or a hot skillet so that they’re more pliable. To make it extra special, go with homemade corn tortillas or flour tortillas.

How can you use leftover beef brisket?

Use leftover brisket in any recipe that calls for beef brisket! We use it for chimichangas, shredded beef nachos and even beef fried rice.

Put your slow cooker to work with more of our favorite slow-cooker beef recipes, including traditional beef stew, barbecued beef sandwiches and braised short ribs.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tacos: 278 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 31g protein.