corned beef tacos
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Why I love these corned beef tacos

Corned beef and cabbage is a staple for many St. Patrick’s Day dinner tables. But, if I’m being completely honest, I think it’s pretty boring. I decided to do something different this year with a crazy twist on this traditional dish.

Corned beef and cabbage tacos with Guinness horseradish cream sauce. The sauce really accents the flavors in the corned beef. I am not kidding you, this sauce is amazing. I could put it anything.

Since I have no one to feed in my apartment, I brought the tacos over to my parents’ place for lunch and my dad loved them. Then, they were passed on to my sister who just texted me, “de-lish,” and that means a lot because she’s a fairly picky eater.

Don’t forget dessert! Make some Lucky Charms cookies to go with your corned beef tacos.

corned beef and cabbage tacos

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

How to make corned beef tacos with cabbage slaw

These tacos are the perfect way to use up your left over corned beef, but it’s also a great way to serve it in the first place. The choice is yours. Either way, you’ll need cooked corned beef for the tacos.

I didn’t have leftovers, so I picked one up at the grocery store and cooked it in a mixture of Guinness, water (1 can Guinness + 1 quart water), and the spice packet. I followed the directions, and then chopped it up.

You could really prepare the corned beef using any method though – boiling, roasting, slow cooking.

leftover corned beef tacos

FAQs and tips about corned beef and cabbage tacos

Do you rinse corned beef before cooking?

Yes. You should rinse corned beef before cooking. Normally, I wouldn’t suggest rinsing raw meat, but since corned beef is stored in a super salty brine, I think it’s best to rinse or soak it before cooking to remove a bit of the saltiness.

What cut of meat is corned beef made out of?

Corned beef is usually made from beef brisket, but the unique flavor comes from the brine it’s preserved in, which contains pink salt and pickling spices such as juniper, all spice, and mustard seed.

corned beef tacos

More St. Patrick’s Day recipes:

corned beef tacos with cabbage on a plate

Corned Beef Tacos

Have leftover corned beef? Try changing things up with these corned beef tacos topped with coleslaw and creamy Guinness horseradish sauce!

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/3 cup sour cream (we used vegan)
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Guinness
  • 3 teaspoons fresh horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped corned beef, heated
  • 1 package coleslaw mix
  • 8 multigrain tortillas


To prepare the sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, Guinness, horseradish, mustard, vinegar and salt & pepper.

To assemble the tacos:

  1. Top each tortilla with some corned beef, cabbage and sauce.

Keywords: dairy free, corned beef, beef, tacos, coleslaw, cabbage, Guinness, Irish

Last Updated on October 18, 2021 by Melissa Belanger