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Instant Pot Beef Tongue Stew

Beef Tongue Stew (Lengua Guisada) Panamanian style, is a tender cut of meat made with tomato sauce, culantro, potatoes, and carrots. It is quite a delight.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Latin, Panamanian
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup passata (tomato puree)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup beef tongue broth or any other broth
  • 2 beef tongues cooked and cut


  • Turn on your electric pressure cooker in the "Sauté" function; once it is hot, add the oil. Then add the onions, garlic cilantro and sauté until the onions are soft and change color.
  • Now add the passata, Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, and mix everything.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, broth, and mix everything. Finally, we add the pieces of the tongue. Cancel the “Saute” function.
  • Cover the pot, select the "Manual" or "Pressure" function depending on your pressure cooker model, and set the time to 5 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to get to pressure.
  • Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover the pot, if there is a lot of liquid, you can turn on the "Saute" function and let the sauce reduce a little for 5 minutes. And it will be ready to enjoy!



Storage suggestions and accompaniments
  • Storage: Once cool, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheat: You can heat them in a skillet or use the microwave.
  • Tomato puree: You can replace it with tomato paste (1 tablespoon). Or, if you prefer, you can use tomato sauce with some flavor (¼ cup). And you follow the steps just like the recipe.
  • Beef tongue broth: If you don't have it, you can use whatever broth you have on hand or water. Any of the above options will work fine. You can reduce the amount of salt if you use cube broth.
  • If you like, you can also add mushrooms, either fresh or canned. If they are fresh, sauté them together with the onions. If they are canned, drain them and add them along with the potatoes and carrots.
  • If you prefer a low carb option or even a keto option, you can remove the potatoes and leave the carrots. 
Can the recipe be reduced?
It can be cut in half without inconvenience, and you follow the same steps.
Can I cook it on the stove?
You can make it in a pot on the stove without problems. Follow the same steps 1-3. When you get to step 4, how long it takes will depend on how long it takes for the potatoes and carrots to be ready. Remember that the tongue is already cooked.