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"Spice Up Taco Tuesday with Mouthwatering Korean BBQ Beef Tacos - Try Our Recipe Now!"

Korean BBQ Tacos are a delicious fusion dish that combines flavorful Korean-style grilled meats with the convenience and heartiness of a taco. Here's a basic recipe to get you started on making your own Korean BBQ Tacos, along with some tips and tricks for the best flavors and textures.


  • Dish name: Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

  • Cuisine: Fusion (Korean-Mexican)

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes (plus marinating time)

  • Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

  • Yield: 8 tacos


  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef (ribeye or sirloin works well)

  • 8 small corn tortillas

  • 1/2 cup Korean BBQ sauce (bulgogi marinade)

  • 2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 1 carrot, julienned

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced

  • For the Korean BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated

  • 1 tablespoon Gochujang (Korean chili paste)


  1. Combine the Korean BBQ sauce ingredients and marinate the thinly sliced beef for at least 1 hour or overnight for more flavor.

  2. Grill the marinated beef over high heat until cooked through and slightly charred, about 3-5 minutes per side.

  3. Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet or on the grill for a few seconds on each side.

  4. Place a portion of the grilled beef on each tortilla.

  5. Top with cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and green onions.

  6. Drizzle a little extra Korean BBQ sauce over the top, if desired.

  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Meat Preparation: Freeze the beef slightly for easier slicing into thin pieces, which are more authentic for Korean BBQ.

  • Marinating: Marinate the beef for as long as possible. Overnight is best for developing deeper flavors.

  • High Heat Cooking: Ensure your grill or pan is very hot before cooking the meat. You want to get a good sear while keeping the inside tender.

  • Tortillas: Double up the tortillas if they are too thin to hold the fillings.

  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh herbs and vegetables for the toppings to balance out the rich flavors of the meat.

  • Sauce on Side: Serve some extra Korean BBQ sauce on the side for those who want an extra punch of flavor.

  • Balance Flavors: The spiciness of the Korean BBQ meat should be balanced with the cooling effect of fresh vegetables or a creamy sauce like a sesame mayo.

  • Charcoal Grill: If you have access to a charcoal grill, use it for an extra smokey flavor that complements Korean BBQ well.

  • Quick Assembly: Assemble the tacos quickly after the meat is cooked to enjoy the combination of warm meat and cool, crisp vegetables.

To enhance your Korean BBQ Tacos and add more complexity in flavor and texture, you can experiment with a variety of toppings. Here are some additional toppings that complement the rich flavors of the Korean BBQ meat:

  • Kimchi: A must-have for Korean dishes, kimchi adds a spicy and tangy crunch.

  • Pickled Radishes: They bring a bright acidity and crispness to the taco.

  • Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds for a nutty finish.

  • Sriracha Mayo: Mix some sriracha with mayonnaise for a creamy and spicy sauce.

  • Perilla Leaves: If you can find them, perilla leaves are a great herb with a unique flavor that pairs well with Korean BBQ.

  • Mango Salsa: For a sweet and tangy twist, mango salsa can be a refreshing addition.

  • Cucumber: Thinly sliced cucumber provides a cool and crisp contrast.

  • Pickled Onions: Another layer of acidity and sweetness that helps cut through the richness of the meat.

  • Gochugaru Slaw: Make a slaw with cabbage and carrots, seasoned with a bit of gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes) for extra spice.

  • Avocado: Include some slices of avocado for creamy richness.

  • Japanese Mayonnaise: Drizzle some for a slightly sweet and tangy flavor.

  • Crispy Garlic or Shallots: Add them for a punch of flavor and a bit of crunch.

  • Microgreens: For a burst of freshness and a pop of color.

Feel free to mix and match these toppings to create your own perfect Korean BBQ Taco!

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Savor these Korean BBQ Tacos as a delightful mix of bold and exciting flavors, wrapped up in a soft and comforting tortilla. Enjoy your culinary creation!

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