So you made that 15lbs brisket for your family of four and now you are looking for some brisket leftover recipes ideas. Brisket is delicious but it is so much meat, you need to plan what to do with it over the next couple days without getting the “brisket again?” complaint from the family. 

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This recipe is a family favorite and probably the only way you will want to have beef tacos going forward. I think my kids prefer these tacos over the actual brisket. Smoked tender brisket in a taco is so much better than buying ground beef at your grocery store. 

The recipe is simple and very quick to make. You do not need many ingredients but the usual suspects that are typically in your fridge and spice rack. 

Some great sides/sauces to accompany your tacos could be Guacamole, Salsa and Sour Cream. Instead of Salsa, I add a quick shot of our homemade BBQ sauce to the taco right before we wrap it tight. 

Add some homemade guacamole to the taco, it tastes amazing.

If you haven’t already checked out our brisket smoking guide, you can see it here. You can freeze and reheat brisket as well. We go over the safe way of doing it with our Registered Dietitian Julie Harris.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 – 2 lbs leftover brisket (cubed 1/4″ to 3/8″)
  • 1/2 head of lettuce (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (cubed)
  • 1/2 sweet onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 6 Large tortillas (1 package of hard tacos)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 TBSP homemade taco mix

Homemade Taco Mix

  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/2 Tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 Tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 3 Tsp cumin
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tsp kosher salt

Equipment: 

  • Large Frying Pan
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cheese Grater

Instructions:

  • Get out your leftover brisket and start chopping it into ¼” to 3/8” cubes. 
  • Chop all of the vegetables to a taco friendly size and set aside. 
Brisket taco ingredients
  • Mix your spices together to create your taco mix. 
  • Heat up the frying pan to medium heat and add your chopped brisket.
  • Combine water and taco mix together in a small cup. Pour over chopped brisket and mix well.
Brisket meat in frying pan
  • Simmer on low for at least 10 min. or until most of the moisture is evaporated and the brisket is well seasoned.
  • Remove from heat and set aside. 
  • Custom build your tacos to your liking; add the brisket meat first, then tomatoes, onion, and lettuce. Top with cheese and your favorite bbq sauce. Add guacamole, salsa, or sour cream to your liking.
Filled brisket taco
  • Wrap your taco tight and enjoy.
Brisket taco wrapped
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Brisket Tacos

Leftover Brisket makes amazing tacos. This simple recipe is from scratch.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: beef tacos, Brisket Leftovers, Brisket Tacos
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Jannah Haas

Equipment

  • Large Frying Pan
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cheese grater

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 pounds Leftover Brisket cubed
  • 1/2 head Lettuce chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes cubed
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion chopped fine
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 6 Tortillas Substitute with hard tacos if desired
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 TBSP Homemade Taco Seasoning mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 2 TBSP Chili powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic salt
  • 1/3 Tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 3 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Kosher salt

Instructions

  • Get out your leftover brisket and start chopping it into ¼” to 3/8” cubes. Chop all of the vegetables to a taco friendly size and set aside. 
    Brisket taco ingredients
  • Mix your spices together to create your taco mix. Heat up the frying pan to medium heat and add your chopped brisket. Combine water and 2 TBSP taco mix together in a small cup. Stir well. Pour over chopped brisket and mix well.
    Simmer on low for at least 10 min. or until most of the moisture is evaporated and the brisket is well seasoned.
    Brisket meat in frying pan
  • Remove from heat and set aside. Custom build your tacos to your liking; add the brisket meat first, then tomatoes, onion, and lettuce. Top with cheese and your favorite bbq sauce. Add guacamole, salsa, or sour cream to your liking.
    Filled brisket taco
  • Wrap your taco tight and enjoy.
    Brisket taco wrapped

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1245mg | Potassium: 714mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1623IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 5mg
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