Continuing my gross posts, I now present to you…me eating the COW FACE!

MOOOO!!!! Cow face, also known in Mexican cuisine as barbacoa can be found in authentic Mexican restaurants, such as Taco Cabana and El Norteno (both can be found in Albuquerque):

Barbacoa generally refers to meats or a whole sheep slow cooked over an open fire, or more traditionally, in a pit covered with leaves, although the interpretation is loose, and in the present day and in some cases may refer to meat that was steamed until tender. Barbacoa de cabeza is a specialty of slow cooked cow head that arose in the ranching lands of northern Mexico after the Spanish conquest.

In the U.S., barbacoa is often prepared with parts from the head of a cow, such as the cheeks. In northern Mexico, barbacoa is also sometimes made with the head of a cow, but more often it is prepared with goat meat or cabrito.


Thanks to my coworkers I was recommended to try Taco Cabana and order the Barbacoa. For ~$6, you can get 1/2 lb of barbacoa on a sizzling hot plate, some bean soup and 5 FRESH HOT tortillas (wrapped in foil) (possibly the best tortillas in Albuquerque????). Barbacoa surprisingly tastes really good – even melts in your mouth! And as an extra bonus, you get some crispy barbacoa touching the hot plate. YUMMM! I’m definitely going back in the near future to Taco Cabana to get some barbacoa!!! GO COW FACE!

Hungry Cactus Verdict: A!

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b · May 7, 2007 at 10:00 pm

Golden Pride has some excellent tortillias, how do they compare to TC’s?

mom · May 8, 2007 at 6:01 pm

This looks sooooo good, I am coming to ABQ soon! All these for $6? A deal !!!

rene · May 9, 2007 at 11:41 pm

well, make sure there’s no cow brain in it though. mad cow disease comes from the cow brain.

Mike · May 24, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Taco Cabana does not have “authentic Mexican food” and $6 is way too much for the fake gringo style crap they serve there. TC is a chain that serves McDonald’s (maybe not quite as bad as Taco Bell) quality food. If you want to try real barbacoa, take a trip to Las Cruces and go to El Taco Mexicano, located near the intersection of Missouri and Solano. That is some real Mexican food. There are plenty of good places to try in Albuquerque as well – don’t waste your time with the fake Mexican food at chains like TC. El Patio (near the Zone with a blue fence in front) has some pretty good food. It’s always the hole-in-the wall places that have the real Mexican food. And barbacoa doesn’t necessarily mean cow head, by the way – it could be made with lamb, goat, pork, or beef. The cooking process is what makes it barbacoa.

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