Brisket Tacos — a great use for leftover smoked brisket

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Brisket Tacos are an excellent use for any leftover brisket, smoked brisket or not. This easy taco recipe will be one you will come back for over and over.

Brisket Tacos made with leftover smoked brisket on a serving platter

We find ourselves with another overload of smoked brisket leftovers.  It happens.

Though we have dozens of great uses for leftover smoked brisket (see below), tacos are definitely a go-to and one of our favorites! I mean, who doesn’t love a taco night?!

Brisket Tacos

We’re using smoked brisket for these tacos, but you can use whatever kind of brisket you have (oven cooked, crockpot, I won’t judge). But of course you can’t deny the amazingness that is brisket slow cooked for hours and hours in the smoker.

Best toppings for brisket tacos?

You can load them up with whatever you want, but I don’t want to drown the flavor of that slow cooked delicious smoky meat. So we’re keeping it simple.

  • Pickled Onions
  • Diced White Onions
  • Jalapeño Slices
  • Cilantro
  • Squeeze of Lime

You can also make a simple pico de gallo instead of the onions and jalapeño, or top with this easy blender salsa.

Brisket Taco on a serving platter

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Brisket Tacos on a serving platter

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Brisket Tacos on a serving platter
4.60 from 10 votes

Smoked Beef Brisket Tacos

A simple and delicious brisket taco recipe for leftover smoked brisket.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 (adjust to portions to your crowd)


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups leftover smoked beef brisket, shredded or cut up into cubes
  • 8 corn tortillas

Suggested toppings:

  • 1/4 cup pickled onions
  • 1/3 cup diced white onion
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup blender salsa
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup diced cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cheese: Shredded Mexican cheese blend or Cotija
  • 1 lime sliced


  • In a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil and brisket. Stir to warm up.
  • Heat up your tortillas. I like to warm them up over a hot grill. But if you don’t have one handy, my next favorite method is heating them up over my gas stove, like pictured. It gets the tortillas nice and warm.
    preparing taco shells
  • Load the tortilla with re-heated leftover brisket and any additional toppings. Squeeze some fresh lime over the top.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ, Barbecue, Mexican
Servings: 4 (adjust to portions to your crowd)
Keyword: beef brisket tacos, brisket taco recipe, brisket tacos, smoked brisket tacos
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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for these ideas–my choice is to let the brisket shine, so pickled onions, chopped cilantro, a slice of avocado and a sprinkle of crumbled cotija looks perfect!