Barbacoa De Cabeza Recipe

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130 mins (prep 40, cooking 90)
16 ingredients
8-12 servings
Barbacoa de Cabeza is a slow cooked dish prepared with parts from the head of a cow, such as the cheeks. Popular in South Texas, I've adapted the dish to be cooked using your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, or Smoker/Oven Combo to create this tasty dish.

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  • 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 pounds cheek meat called "carne de cachete" in spanish (can be purchased at most latin markets with butcher shops, usually $2.xx a pound)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (mexican if you have it)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder or smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon or 2 mexican limes
  • 1 cup broth or water
  • optional: for slow and pressure cooker directions 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke (mesquite or hickory) or (claudes brisket sauce available online at:


Serving Size (174.46 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 417.92 Calories from Fat 329.85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36.65g 451.07%
Saturated Fat 10.9g 435.84%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 109.15mg 291.06%
Sodium 1568.84mg 522.95%
Total Carbohydrate 7.4g 19.73%
Dietary Fiber 0.51 g 16.24%
Sugars 0.07 g %
Protein 14.84g 237.38%
Vitamin A 155.16IU% Vitamin C 0.01mg%
Calcium 147.44mg% Iron 1.76mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried oregano, smoked paprika, or, ground cumin, or, or, optional, liquid smoke