Healthy Recipe: Korean Tacos with Braised Beef & Radishes

Recipe by Becky Duffett | Photo by Erin Kunkel

Once you go gochujang, it’s hard to go back. The beloved Korean hot sauce is a little funky and fermented, giving an extra edge to saucy braised beef. Fold it into warm tortillas, and pile lots of fresh veggies on top, with shredded carrots and radishes, sliced scallions and bright herbs.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1½ lb (750 g) lean stew beef, cut into cubes

3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 chopped green onions, white and pale green parts only  

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) beef stock, reduced sodium

2 tablespoons soy sauce, reduced sodium

2 tablespoons gochujang chile paste (see note above)

8 small flour tortillas, reduced sodium

1 carrot, thinly sliced

1 daikon radish, thinly sliced

Fresh cilantro leaves for sprinkling


In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the beef and cook until browned, stirring once or twice, about 5 minutes total. Add the garlic, ginger, and green onions and stir until fragrant, 1 minute.

Add the beef stock, soy sauce, and gochujang, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cover the pot and braise until completely tender, 1½ to 2 hours. Break up the beef into shreds with a wooden spoon and stir to coat in the sauce.  

Warm the tortillas. Fill with the braised beef, carrots, and radish. Sprinkle with the cilantro leaves and serve warm.  

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 500

Protein 42 g

Total fat 17 g

Saturated fat 4.5 g

Carbs 41 g

Fiber 2 g

Total sugars 7 g

Added sugars 0 g

Sodium 1030 mg

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