Corned Beef Tacos with Creamy Cole Slaw

Most people only eat corned beef near St. Patrick’s Day or if they have corned beef hash on a breakfast menu from time to time. We eat it all year round. It is a favorite in our house and I am always looking for things to make with my leftovers, if there are any. We love tacos so corned beef tacos made different ways are always a favorite in our house. This recipe with homemade Thousand Island Dressing comes together super easy and you can make the slaw and dressing ahead of time to let the flavors meld even more.

Verdict: This dish was good but the hit for everyone was the cole slaw. We made more and ate it for two nights. It was good as a side dish too. The kids loved making the the Thousand Island Dressing. There are many ways to make it – adding finely diced red or green peppers, dill relish, etc.. It all depends on what you like. We like it a bit tangier with the vinegar so I usually add an extra splash and sweeter with the pickle relish.

Corned Beef Tacos with Cream Cole Slaw

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 pound corned beef
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Warmed flour tortillas for serving
  • Homemade Thousand Island Dressing Recipe for serving, below

Cole Slaw:

  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 1 small white onion, diced finely
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced finely
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard

Thousand Island Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce sauce, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the corned beef to a large pot or Dutch oven along with mustard powder, cayenne pepper, garlic and black pepper.
  2. Add about an inch of water and cover. Bake for 2 hours or until the corned beef is tender. Uncover and increase the temperature to 400 degrees and bake another 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot and cool slightly. Shred the corned beef with a fork and set aside.
  4. While the corned beef is cooking make the cole slaw, by adding all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust spices to your liking. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Make the Thousand Island dressing by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust spices to your liking. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Serve the corned beef on warmed tortillas, then top with the creamy cabbage slaw and drizzle with homemade thousand island dressing. Serve warm.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Perfect timing for Oktoberfest. 🍁🍂🌾


  2. Carol anne says:

    Corned beef is yummy! We eat it all year round here in ireland! I love it! These sound delicious! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!


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