How to Prepare Bulgogi Tacos


Are you a food lover?  Or are you someone who loves trying out different kinds of foods?  If yes,  then the bulgogi tacos are a must-try for you. 

Bulgogi Tacos are a perfect combination of both Korean and Mexican cuisine. This involves bringing in the blend of the savory, sweet and hot flavors of Korea’s marinated beef and the crunchy corn-based flavors of the Mexican taco. Blending these two and having a taste is like a match made in heaven.

Bulgogi Tacos are not just an exceptional food combination that tastes great; they also show the creativity and diversity of food cuisine. The blend of Korean and Mexican cuisine that brings to life the bulgogi Tacos has been able to show us the hidden power of food that helps to connect people from all over the world.

People from different cultures and races with different flavors and foods have been able to come together, fostering peace and oneness among many.  In this article, we’ll be looking at the wonders of bulgogi tacos.

History of Bulgogi Tacos

Bulgogi Tacos aren’t as old as the hills; they are a recent dish that came out in the early 2000s in the USA. This unique and tasty dish has been said to have its roots in the late 20th century, during the bloom of Korean and Mexican cuisine in the USA.

During this period, there was an increase in the popularity of Korean cuisine in the USA, which led to the opening of a lot of Korean restaurants and grocery stores. The tacos of Mexican cuisine on the other hand, have been a common and staple food and have long been part of American cuisine. You may be wondering how the blend of both Korean and Mexican cuisine occurs to produce the unique Bulgogi Tacos. Let’s find out.

The perfect harmony of both Korean and Mexican cuisine to form Bulgogi Tacos has been traced to food trucks.  In the early 2000s, food trucks were very popular in the USA, with chefs who were very creative and innovative,  trying out different food flavors and ingredients to see how they could come up with a unique yet tasty dish.

As these food trucks increased with quite a number of innovative and creative chefs who were always experimenting with different flavors, there was now a discovery of the combination of Korean and Mexican cuisine, which was already practiced in Korean-American communities. This led to the birth of the Bulgogi Tacos, which gained popularity throughout the city, all thanks to the food trucks.

Ingredients used in Preparing Bulgogi Tacos

Now that we’ve looked at the history of how Bulgogi Tacos emerged, let’s look at some of the ingredients that are being used to prepare Bulgogi Tacos.

1. Marinated Beef

The most important ingredient used in preparing Bulgogi Tacos is marinated beef. If there’s no marinated beef, then there is no Bulgogi Tacos. Marinated beef is a sliced steak or a sliced rib-eye, which is then marinated in a sweet and savory Korean bulgogi sauce.

2. Kimchi

Kimchi is the second ingredient used in making Bulgogi Tacos. Kimchi is a fermented cabbage or radish which is usually spicy. It adds its own unique flavor to the Bulgogi Tacos, making it delightful to taste.

3. Lettuce

The next ingredient on our list of ingredients used in making Bulgogi Tacos is lettuce. The Lettuce adds its own special taste to the dish. For making the Bulgogi Tacos, you can make use of diverse kinds of lettuce. The iceberg or romaine are commonly used.

4. Radish

The next is Radish. Radish is added to the Bulgogi Tacos to give it a crunchy effect. Without Radish, your Bulgogi Tacos would be far from perfect. To make Bulgogi Tacos with Radish, all you need to do is prepare your Radish by slicing them or you can also make use of daikon.

5. Sriracha or Gochujang

The next item on the list is a Sriracha or Gochujang. What’s Bulgogi Tacos without a spicy feel? The Sriracha in Bulgogi Tacos does what sugar does with cakes.  Sugar makes cakes sweet, but the Sriracha or gochujan, is a spicy chilli paste that is added to the Bulgogi Tacos for heat.

How to Prepare Bulgogi Tacos

You’ve heard a lot about Bulgogi Tacos and you wish to have a taste of it but it’s not possible to get it in your current location. Well,  if you follow the methods listed below, you can learn how to prepare Bulgogi Tacos.

Step 1: Prepare the Bulgogi Sauce

By now, you must have gotten all the ingredients listed above from the mall,  supermarket, or even a local market. The first step here is to make your Bulgogi sauce. All you need to make a Bulgogi sauce are:

  •  1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  •  1/4 cup brown sugar
  •  1 tablespoon sesame oil
  •  2 tablespoons minced garlic

Now all you need to do is pour all these ingredients into a bowl and whisk until the sugar has dissolved and then your sauce is ready. You can add cornstarch to make the sauce thicker, gochujang for more heat and scallions to give it a crunchy effect.

Step 2: Marinate the Beef in the Sauce

Take the beef you’ve bought and Marinate the beef in the bulgogi sauce for at least 30 minutes or all through the night so it can take in all the different flavors in the sauce. After marinating the beef,  grill the marinated beef on a hot grill or in a skillet until it is cooked to your desired taste.

step 3: Almost Ready

The next thing you need to do is warm the tortillas. After that, you arrange the tacos by layering the grilled beef, kimchi, lettuce, radish, and sriracha or gochujang sauce on the tortillas. And yes!  Your Bulgogi Tacos are ready to eat.


In conclusion, Bulgogi Tacos are a unique food combination you need to try.  Since it originated, it has been loved by many. As the popularity of food trucks grew in the USA, so did the demand for Bulgogi Tacos, As people grew to love the dish, more and more restaurants included Bulgogi Tacos on their menus. Apart from the food trucks, social media also played an important role in the popularity of Bulgogi Tacos.

Bulgogi Tacos have gained popularity on social media as people who had tried it shared it online for others to see. Even the hashtag  #BulgogiTacos became a very popular method that lovers of food used to share their experiences with the dish. The Bulgogi Tacos shows the creativity and power of food bringing people from all races together and combining different cultures to produce something exceptional.





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