Indonesian-Inspired Beef Rendang Tacos


Culinary Explorer
Hello, fellow foodies! Today, I'm excited to introduce a fusion creation that combines the bold flavors of Indonesia with the popular street food vibe of tacos – Indonesian-Inspired Beef Rendang Tacos. This dish takes tender, slow-cooked beef rendang and wraps it in warm tortillas with crunchy toppings for a unique and delicious culinary experience. Let's spice up taco night with a taste of Southeast Asia!

For the Beef Rendang:
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into chunks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, bruised and chopped
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons Indonesian or Malaysian curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for cooking
For the Tacos:
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced red onion
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges
  • Sriracha or chili sauce (optional)
  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, heat a bit of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant.
  2. Add the beef chunks to the pot and brown them on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the grated ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Indonesian or Malaysian curry powder, tamarind paste, brown sugar, fish sauce, and salt.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and enough water to cover the beef. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low.
  5. Cover the pot and let the beef simmer gently for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened. Add more water if needed to prevent it from drying out.
  6. Once the beef is fork-tender, use two forks to shred it into smaller pieces. Let it simmer uncovered for another 15-20 minutes to allow the sauce to further thicken.
  7. While the beef rendang is simmering, prepare your taco toppings.
  8. Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet or microwave until soft and pliable.
  9. To assemble the tacos, place a spoonful of beef rendang onto each tortilla. Top with shredded lettuce or cabbage, sliced cucumbers, red onion, fresh cilantro leaves, and a squeeze of lime juice. Drizzle with Sriracha or chili sauce if desired.
  10. Serve your Indonesian-Inspired Beef Rendang Tacos hot and enjoy the explosion of flavors with each bite!
These Indonesian-Inspired Beef Rendang Tacos are a delicious fusion of East meets West that's sure to impress your taste buds. So, grab your tortillas and get ready for a culinary adventure like no other! Selamat makan (enjoy your meal)!
Wow, these Indonesian-Inspired Beef Rendang Tacos look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love the fusion of flavors here, definitely gonna try this out for my next taco night! 🌮😋