Buche meat is a type of offal from the stomach lining. It is a popular ingredient in many Latin American dishes, and can be eaten raw or cooked. It is often used as a filling for tacos, stewed with vegetables or rice, or marinated and grilled. Buche can also be added to soups and other dishes to add a unique flavor. It may be an acquired taste for some, but when prepared well, buche is delicious and can be a good source of protein.
The exterior of the stomach is gently cleaned with vinegar or salt, to kill bacteria and remove specific stomach odors. Once it is clean, it can be boiled in water to partially cook it, which helps to balance the savory and offal flavors of the meat. Once it is cooked, it can be shredded and used as a taco filling, or chopped into small cubes and stir-fried with other ingredients to create a delicious soup. It is also a popular ingredient in stews and casseroles, adding a hearty texture and umami flavor to the dish.
Buche tacos are a popular Mexican street food made from marinated and grilled buche meat served in warm tortillas with fresh toppings, such as salsa, onions, cilantro, and limes. It is a good example of nose-to-tail eating, and highlights the rich textures of this overlooked meat.