This bulgogi recipe is an amazing way to make some delicious Korean Beef Tacos! With each bite you’ll taste mouth watering flavors that will definitely satisfy all your taco cravings!
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Korean Beef Tacos
A local food truck used to come to my office every Thursday. I looked forward to the change in pace and flavorful food compared to my usual cardboard frozen meal or lame protein bar. Much to my dismay, they no longer come.
Although this is helpful for my wallet and waistline, I just kept craving one of my favorite food truck delicacies, Korean Beef Tacos. My only choice was to replicate.
Baltimore is a big town for “eating your meat on the street.” The food truck boom hit and hit hard. We have everything from breakfast to dessert roaming the streets offering steamed food wrapped in aluminum foil.
Truth be told, I used to be scared of food trucks, but I guess my vision was of dirty hot dog water from the streets of Manhattan. Let me tell you, food trucks have changed. They follow sanitation codes, offer fresh and local ingredients and come up with some truly gourmet to-go meals, vegan to bacon galore!
I’m sure you’ve seen bulgogi beef listed as one of the ingredients in the recipe card, and I’m sure most of you are curious to know that it is. The word bulgogi means “fire meat” which is essentially what it is.
Bulgogi beef is thinly sliced pieces of marinated sirloin that is cooked on the grill or in a griddle on the stove top. From the meaning of bulgogi you’d think it would have a spicy flavor but it’s actually on the sweeter side. You can also make our Instant Pot Korean Beef for a shredded version with the same delicious flavors.
Bulgogi is one of the most popular Korean dishes and is usually served to non Koreans for their first Korean food experience. You’ll find it being served at Korean barbecue restaurants where you cook it yourself at the built in grills at your table. Make into tacos, serve over rice or even make beef bulgogi bowls!
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Korean Beef Tacos
- 1 1/4 pounds sirloin steak , thinly sliced to 1/8 of an inch
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 garlic cloves , crushed
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers , canned in adobe sauce (more or less depending on taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup carrots julienned
- 1/2 cup cucumber julienned
- 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds white, black or mixed
- 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1/2 cup cilantro roughly chopped and large stems removed
- 1 cup queso fresco crumbled
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- In a large airtight plastic bag mix sirloin steak, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic and rice vinegar. Massage together and into the meat.
- Marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour, but up to over night. While the meat marinates, chop and prepare the veggies.
- In a small food processor or using an immersion blender, blend together mayonnaise, chipotle peppers and salt. If you do not have either of these, finely chop chipotle peppers and whisk together. It will not be as smooth, but will taste the same. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
- Fill a medium saucepan half way with water and bring to a boil. Add apple cider vinegar, cabbage, onions, carrots and cucumber. Boil for 2 minutes, just long enough to soften, but not long enough for the veggies to be mushy. Remove and strain.
- In a medium mixing bowl, toss vegetables with rice vinegar and sesame seeds. Set aside until ready to assemble.
- About 15 minutes before you are ready to eat, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Coat well with cooking spray. Remove sirloin from marinade, discard of remaining marinade.
- Add to hot pan, tossing over 30 seconds or so. Due to the sirloin being so thin, it will cook quickly. For medium rare, it will only take 2-5 minutes. Time more or less depending on your choice of wellness.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 12 large pieces of aluminum foil. Assemble each taco with all ingredients. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Lay in a single file layer on a large cookie sheet. Heat for 5 minutes. Remove and serve by unwrapping aluminum foil, no utensils needed!
- Enjoy your Korean Beef Tacos!
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That looks like home prepared food. Nice for a food delivery food truck to deliver such delicious food!
That looks delicious. Too bad my kids probably wouldn’t eat it 🙁
Korean Tacos sound amazing! I love spicy food, so this is definitely a recipe I want to try!
I was skeptical about food trucks too but I’ve some good food from some of them. I like to go to events that have a variety of food trucks available so we can all get what we want.
Wow these look delicious, I would love to make some for myself!
This looks very delicious. Speaking of food trucks, we have a friend who started the first food truck in Paris a few years back and she started quite the trend. Of course it is upscale and her business is now worth quite a bit of money.
This looks really good. I love Korean beef, and sriracha is totally a must on it!
My husband loves bulgogi and will make it every chance he gets. I never thought about making it into a wrap. Sriracha is a must!
Those look so good. My Hubs has been eating a lot of tacos lately.. or wraps. Not sure what you call them, but this would be a nice change for him.
My mouth is watering as I’m reading this. Yum! Can’t wait to try it.
We love Korean food, and this looks amazing! Definitely going to try it.
I had no idea there was even such a thing as a Korean TACO! Neat! Our city has a Food Truck Rally once a month, but we haven’t been to it yet!
This looks very delicious, I like fusion food !
These look amazing! I’m going to be making these for dinner one night 🙂
We don’t have food trucks here. It would probably be dangerous if I did (ha). The recipe looks good though. I might have to give it a try.
Oh, my yum! I am pinning this one for sure – looks delish!
I think food trucks are a brilliant idea to bring new and interesting food to the masses without the cost of a stand alone restaurants. These Korean tacos look amazing.
That sounds so good. We are big fans of tex-mex and things like this in our house. You are always coming up with the greatest recipes.
I’m so in love with Korean food. This recipe sounds delicious. We do have food trucks in Montreal (after 60 years of them being banned lol) but they are not as great as the ones in the USA (in my opinion)
Well I absolutely see how this would be sorely missed! This looks absolutely amazing! I wish we had food trucks that awesome here. I love the beef and fresh veges packed into that taco, its just mouthwatering! Aioli and Sriracha are my favorites 🙂