Simple Slow-Cooked Korean Beef Soft Tacos

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This Korean taco recipe was given to me by a Korean friend. It’s so full of flavor! I did tweak it a little to add more spice. Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time:8 hrs | Total Time:8 hrs 20 mins | Servings:8 | Yield:16 tacos


  • 1 (3 pounds) beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, diced (Optional)
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 16 (6-inch) corn tortillas (Optional)


  1. Place chuck roast into a slow cooker with onion, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, jalapeño pepper, ginger, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until meat is tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork, on Low for 10 hours or High for 8 hours.
  2. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and shred the meat with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and mix with the juices.
  3. Serve with corn tortillas.


Sometimes I use 2 tablespoons of garlic-chili paste instead of the ginger and diced jalapeño. Depending on how spicy you like it, you may add more. We love spice!

For topping the tacos, mix a bag of shredded coleslaw with thinly sliced cucumbers and carrots. Season the slaw with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories:456 | Fat: 22g | Carbs: 40g | Protein: 24g

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About the Author: Jenny Kristy

Spice Seeker, Recipe Weaver, Nomad Chef |With a passport bursting with stamps and a pantry overflowing with global spices, Jenny Kristy isn't just a cook, she's a culinary nomad. Her travels fuel her passion, transforming exotic flavors into recipes that tantalize and transport. She weaves magic in her kitchen, sharing her adventures through meals that whisper of Marrakesh markets and Tuscan trattorias. From teaching sushi to whipping up Moroccan masterpieces, Jenny ignites wanderlust and connects cultures, one delicious bite at a time.

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