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Korean BBQ Tacos

Experience the fusion magic with my Korean BBQ Tacos, inspired by the famous ‘Kogi’ food trucks. Combining the savory sweetness of Korean-style BBQ bulgogi with the vibrant zest of Mexican tacos, this recipe offers a fusion of flavors! It’s the perfect blend for a quick, delicious meal that’ll leave you craving more!

Why I Love This Recipe

I’m absolutely thrilled about my Korean BBQ Tacos because they’re my own twist on the classic, bringing together the best of Korean and Mexican cuisines right to my kitchen! Crafted with Korean BBQ Bulgogi, these tacos burst with savory sweetness and a hint of garlic, complemented perfectly by the freshness of cilantro and the kick of hot sauce! Plus, if swap out traditional tortillas for my homemade cheese shell tacos, it adds an extra layer flavor that takes these tacos to the next level!

So, if you’re anything like me – someone who craves bold flavors and loves to experiment in the kitchen – you simply have to give these a try. Trust me, they’re a taste of home with a delightful twist that’ll keep you coming back for more!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Thinly Sliced Beef – thinly sliced beef around the thickness of deli meat. Rib-eye, chuck or sirloin cut work best. These can be picked up from an Asian grocery labeled for the use of shabu-shabu or sukiyaki. You also can used shaved beef.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Onion – yellow or brown onions.
  • Garlic freshly grated or pressed with a garlic press. 
  • Jalapeno – fresh and chopped.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil – 100% Toasted Sesame Oil that should have a dark brown color.  
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Shredded Cheese – used for cheese taco shell. Pre-shredded cheese like Mozzarella, Colby Jack, Mexican blend, Cheddar, Pepper Jack and Parmesan. Can also use traditional corn or flour tortillas instead.
  • Cilantro freshly chopped, used for topping.
  • Green Onion – freshly chopped, used for topping.
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.

Additional Toppings

For additional toppings on your Korean BBQ Tacos, consider Kimchi, a tangy delight, or a splash of refreshing Lime Juice. Amp up the flavor with extra Korean BBQ Sauce, or add some heat with your favorite Hot Sauce.

🔑 Marinade Secret Ingredient

You can enhance the marinade by including 2-3 tbsp of grated Korean Pear or 1-2 tbsp of pressed Kiwi to naturally sweeten and tenderize the meat, or you can opt for 1/2 cup of Cola instead of water to add extra sweetness to your Korean BBQ Bulgogi.

🥩 Beef Note

The best cuts to use are Rib-eye, Chuck, or Sirloin. You can find these meats already pre-cut in thin slices at your local Asian supermarket, under packages labeled ‘shabu shabu’ (thin), or ‘sukiyaki’ (slightly thicker). You also can use Shaved Beef as a backup option.

Korean BBQ cheese tacos lined up next to each other on a black slate.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Begin by using a food processor to blend onion, garlic, jalapeno, soy sauce, sweetener, toasted sesame oil, and black pepper for the marinade. Infuse your own twists like cola, Asian pear, ginger, or fruit juices.

Korean BBQ mariande in a food processor.

💡 Marinating Pro Tip

For the best results, add each beef slice individually to ensure each piece is covered in marinade. If needed, adjust by adding a bit of Water or Cola for Extra Sweetness. This technique guarantees that every slice absorbs the rich flavors of the marinade.

Step 2 Marinate thinly sliced beef for 24-36 hours in mixture.

Beef in a ziplock being marinated.

Step 3 Add oil to a large pan with a flat bottom. Once the oil is preheated, cook marinated beef in a pan until browned, around 3-4 minutes.

Korean BBQ beef being cooked in a frying pan.

🍳 Cooking Pro Tip

You can Cook the Beef Directly from the Marinade.

Step 4 If opting for cheese shell tacos, bake cheese on a mat at 425°F for 5-6 minutes. Otherwise, use traditional corn or flour tortillas.

Cheese taco being baked in the oven.

Step 5 Assemble by placing bulgogi on the tortilla, topped  with chopped onions, green onions, scallions, and a chili paste finish.

Korean BBQ taco on a white plate.

Pairing Recommendations

To complement these flavorful Korean BBQ Tacos, consider serving them alongside traditional Korean side dishes such as Korean Spinach Salad or Korean Pickled Vegetables.

Korean BBQ cheese tacos close up shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use store-bought Bulgogi marinade for this recipe?

Yes, if you prefer, you can use store-bought Bulgogi marinade for this recipe.

How long should I marinate the beef for the best flavor?

For the best flavor, marinate the beef for 24-36 hours, ensuring that the marinade covers all parts of the meat. If needed, add more liquid such as water or cola to ensure the beef is fully covered by the marinade.

Can I make the beef ahead of time and reheat it later?

Yes, you can make the beef ahead of time and reheat it later.

Storage Tips

It’s best to eat the taco immediately after assembly. However, if you have leftover bulgogi, store it in an airtight container and refrigerate. The meat will stay fresh for 5-7 days when stored properly in the fridge.

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Korean BBQ cheese tacos lined up next to each other on a black slate.

Korean BBQ Tacos

Discover the fusion magic of Korean BBQ Tacos! Crafted with succulent beef Bulgogi, these tacos are bursting with savory sweetness and a hint of garlic. Perfect for adventurous foodies craving bold flavors. Learn how to make this delightful twist on classic tacos today!
4.75 from 8 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: Korean bbq tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Tacos
Print Recipe
Calories: 228kcal

Ingredients

Bulgogi

  • 1 lb Thinly Sliced Beef rib eye, chuck, shaved beef
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste

Marinade

  • 1/2 Whole Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Whole Jalapeno optional
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Taco

  • 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar or cheese of choice
  • 1/4 Whole Onion
  • 3 Stems Cilantro
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make Korean BBQ taco on the countertop.
  • Use a blender or food processor to blend ingredients (1/2 onion, garlic, jalapeno, soy sauce, water, sweetener, toasted sesame oil and black pepper together to form marinade. Transfer marinade to a zip-lock bag.
    Korean BBQ mariande in a food processor.
  • Add in sliced beef and massage in the marinade ensuring equal distribution. Place zip-lock bag flat in the fridge for 24 hours (up to 36 hour flipping over at least once half way through the marinate.
    Beef in a ziplock being marinated.
  • After marination is complete, add 1 tbsp of cooking oil to a large fry pan and bring up to temperature on high, should take around 1 minute. Once up to temp, transfer beef only and cook for about 3-4 minutes while occasionally mixing until browned. Transfer to holding plate.
    Korean BBQ beef being cooked in a frying pan.
  • Preheat oven to 425F. Note - if using regular tortilla or shell, skip to step 10).
    Oven being preheated.
  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (parchment paper works too). Place 1/4 cup of shredded cheese on the silicone baking mat and spread cheese around to form a circle roughly 2-3 inches in diameter. Repeat with rest of the 11 shells (or how many ever you have room for) and ensure they are not touching each other.
    Cheese on a silicon baking mat.
  • Once the oven reaches temperature, bake in the center of the oven for 7-8 minutes until edges have begun to brown.
    Cheese taco being baked in the oven.
  • Pull the tray from the oven and let cheese shells cool down for about 1-2 minutes. After cooled, transfer cheese shells to a serving plate. Top with beef, chopped onions, green onions, cilantro and a squeeze of Sriracha. To enjoy, fold cheese shell like a taco shell.
    Korean BBQ taco on a white plate.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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