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Tacos de Cabrito

How to Make Tacos de Cabrito

Tacos de Cabrito are a traditional Mexican dish that features cabrito, or kid goat, as the primary filling for tacos.

Rooted in regional Mexican cuisine, particularly in Northern Mexico, Tacos de Cabrito showcase tender and succulent pieces of kid goat meat that are typically marinated with spices and herbs, then grilled or slow-cooked until tender and flavorful. The meat is often seasoned with a blend of spices like cumin, garlic, oregano, and chili peppers, imparting a robust and savory taste.

Once cooked, the cabrito meat is shredded or chopped and served inside tortillas, typically accompanied by toppings such as diced onions, cilantro, salsa, lime wedges, and sometimes a side of guacamole or grilled vegetables. These toppings add freshness, zing, and a contrast of flavors to the rich and savory goat meat.

Tacos de Cabrito offer a unique and savory taco experience, showcasing the distinctive taste and tenderness of goat meat, particularly appreciated in the culinary traditions of Northern Mexico.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Goat meat lovers, Mexican cuisine enthusiasts, and individuals open to exploring unique meat options.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation time can range from 30 minutes to overnight marination, with cooking time around 2 to 4 hours depending on the method chosen.
  • Nutrition Facts: Goat meat is leaner and contains fewer calories compared to beef and chicken. It’s also rich in protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

About This Recipe

This recipe explores the traditional approach to making Tacos de Cabrito. It offers a blend of rustic flavors achieved through slow-cooking and the fresh zest from accompanying condiments.

Equipment Required

  • Oven or Grill
  • Baking Sheet or Grill Pan
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Frying Pan (for crispy tacos)


  • 1 Goat hindquarter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Acapulco paste or a blend of chile powder, cumin seeds, oregano, garlic, and onions for marination
  • Tortillas
  • Fresh accompaniments: lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, queso fresco, and salsa


  1. Preparation: If using, prepare the marination paste by blending chile powder, cumin seeds, oregano, garlic, and onions together. Season the goat meat with salt, pepper, and the paste. Allow it to marinate overnight for better flavor infusion【6†source】.
  2. Cooking: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place the marinated goat meat on a baking sheet or grill pan. If baking, cover with foil and bake until the meat is tender and falls apart easily. For grilling, ensure a slow-cook over medium heat until the meat reaches desired tenderness【7†source】【8†source】.
  3. Shredding: Once cooked, allow the meat to cool before shredding it into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Serving: Warm the tortillas on a griddle or in the oven. Load each tortilla with a generous amount of shredded goat meat. Top with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, queso fresco, and salsa. Serve immediately and enjoy the hearty flavors of Tacos de Cabrito.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican Rice
  • Refried Beans
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Fresh Salad

Storage Options

  • Store leftover goat meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • If goat meat is not available or preferred, substitute with beef or pork for a different flavor profile.
  • Acapulco paste can be substituted with a homemade or store-bought Mexican marinade.

Alternatives to This Meal

  • Carnitas Tacos
  • Tacos Al Pastor
  • Carne Asada Tacos


Tacos de Cabrito is a fascinating dish that encapsulates the essence of traditional Mexican cuisine. The tender, flavorful goat meat paired with fresh accompaniments and warm tortillas makes for a satisfying and culturally rich meal experience.