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Oct 3, 2007 12:21 PM

Is cachete the same as cabeza?

I had cachete taco recently which are beef cheeks. Is that the same thing that is served when there is cabeza on the menu? If not, what is the difference?

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  1. Cabeza means head...if that helps.

    1. I always understood cabeza to be the meat from the whole head - cooked, the gristle and fat removed, and the meat shredded; so I assume chacete is just the cheeks?

      1. It goes back to the major difference between Taquerias in Mexico versus California. In Mexico... some little stand would specialize only in Cabeza... cooking up enough that they can sell the individual cuts seperately... distinguishing between Cheeks, Meat around the Eye sockets as well as Brain, Tongue, Eyeballs etc., so Cabeza is a genre... whereas in Calfornia most taquerias don't specialize enough & will mix just sell the Tongue & Brains seperate... often the eyeballs & other meats are mixed in with the Cheeks and sold as the generic Cabeza.

        BTW... the follow link has a good graphic with the general cuts of beef in Mexican lingo:

        1. If it helps: cabeza means head and cachetes are cheeks. Where i am from if i order pigs cachetes ( cachetes de cerdo) they'll give the pigs cheeks.

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          1. re: madrusec

            Thanks. The thing is that when I was reading about cabeza before it was always described as beef cheeks. I never considered it might have other ... stuff ... in there. This was the first time I've seen a menu with cachetes on it.