Korean Fusion Delight - Homemade Bulgogi Tacos Recipe

Jocelyn Russell
Jocelyn Russell


Bulgogi, the savory and sweet Korean marinated beef, takes on a new and delicious form in this recipe as it meets the vibrant world of tacos. Combining the bold flavors of Korean cuisine with the convenience and versatility of tacos, these Bulgogi Tacos are a fusion sensation that will elevate your taco night to a whole new level. Let's dive into the steps of creating this mouthwatering dish.


For the Bulgogi Marinade

  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef (ribeye or sirloin)

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated

  • 2 tablespoons mirin (rice wine)

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)

For the Tacos

  • 8 small flour or corn tortillas

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


1. Marinate the Beef

  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, mirin, and crushed red pepper flakes.

  • Place the thinly sliced beef in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish.

  • Pour half of the marinade over the beef, ensuring it's well coated.

  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight for a more intense flavor.

2. Cook the Bulgogi

  • Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.

  • Cook the marinated beef slices for 2-3 minutes per side or until they develop a beautiful caramelized exterior and are cooked to your preferred level of doneness.

  • Pour the remaining marinade over the beef during the last minute of cooking, allowing it to create a flavorful glaze.

3. Prepare the Toppings

  • While the bulgogi is cooking, chop and prepare your taco toppings.

  • Shred lettuce, dice tomatoes, slice red onions, and chop fresh cilantro.

4. Warm the Tortillas

  • Heat the tortillas in a dry skillet or on a griddle for about 30 seconds per side, or until they are pliable and slightly browned.

5. Assemble the Tacos

  • Lay out the warm tortillas.

  • Place a generous portion of bulgogi in the center of each tortilla.

  • Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced red onions, and fresh cilantro.

6. Serve and Enjoy

  • Squeeze a wedge of lime over each taco for a burst of citrusy freshness.

  • Serve the Bulgogi Tacos immediately, and savor the explosion of flavors with each delicious bite.

These Korean-inspired Bulgogi Tacos are a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and umami, making them a delightful addition to your taco repertoire. Enjoy the fusion of culinary worlds in the comfort of your own home!