The Tacuate are an indigenous people who live in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. They speak a variant of the Mixtec language. In 1992, there were about 6,000 speakers of the Tacuate dialect, of whom less than 20% were monolingual.
Most of the people are engaged in subsistence agriculture, with some keeping cattle and goats, and with women producing textile crafts for a source of cash. Land tenure is usually communal. The Tacuate live in two municipalities in the Mixteca de la Costa area: Santa María Zacatepec in the Putla district and Santiago Ixtayutla in the Jamiltepec district.