Tacos de Cabeza Recipe

Tacos de Cabeza Recipe

Last Updated on September 14, 2023

If you’re a fan of authentic Mexican cuisine, you’ll love this Tacos de Cabeza recipe. And if you are not sure what type of meat is cabeza meat or how to prepare it before cooking, first read our article about what is cabeza mea.

These tacos, featuring succulent cabeza meat, are a cherished delicacy in Mexican culinary tradition. If you’re curious about what cabeza meat is or how to prepare it before diving into this recipe, consider checking out our informative article on the subject.

Now, let’s get cooking with this straightforward recipe:

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  • 1 lb cabeza meat (beef cheek meat is a common choice)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • Corn tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice (such as cilantro, chopped onions, lime wedges, and salsa)


  1. Start by thoroughly cleaning the cabeza meat and ensure you’ve removed any unwanted hair or debris. Cut it into large pieces if necessary.
  2. In a large pot, combine the cabeza meat, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaves, salt, and black pepper. Make sure you add enough water to cover the meat.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover it. Let it simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and effortlessly falls apart.
  4. Once the meat is ready, remove it from the pot and use a fork or your hands to shred it into delicious, flavorful morsels.
  5. Warm the corn tortillas in a dry pan or on a griddle until they become soft and pliable.
  6. To assemble your mouthwatering tacos, place a generous spoonful of the cabeza meat onto each tortilla, and then add your favorite toppings.
  7. Serve these delectable homemade tacos de cabeza meat immediately. Don’t forget to include lime wedges on the side for an extra zesty kick.

Enjoy your delicious homemade tacos de cabeza meat!

Now, as you savor these incredible tacos, if you happen to find yourself in the Village at Shirlington, be sure to check out TACO + PIÑA, a renowned restaurant in the area. They offer a wide range of Mexican culinary delights, including their own unique take on Tacos de Cabeza. It’s a perfect spot to experience the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine in a vibrant and welcoming setting. Enjoy your culinary journey!

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About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

One comment

  1. Very nice 👍
    Thanks for sharing this

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