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Tacos de carnitas de pato – Duck Tacos

Tacos de carnitas de pato – Duck Tacos

Carnitas are usually made with pork cooked in its own fat, a technique resembling making a confit. With this recipe, we in fact confied the duck before adding it to tortillas. With home-made salsa and an abundance of garnishes, this taco went from simple to spectacular!

Duck carnitas

  • 4 duck thighs, with fat
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp coarse sea salt 
  • 1 orange

Tacos

  • 12-18 corn tortillas
  • Duck carnitas
  • Cascabel salsa, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce or cabbage 
  • 1 cup sweet onions, chopped 
  • 1 cup radishes, chopped
  • 1 cup coriander, chopped 
  • Lime wedges

Carnitas

  1. 1

    Remove fat from thighs. Place the thighs, duck fat, onion, garlic and salt in a large enough pan, to make only one layer.

  2. 2

    Pour water half way up the thighs. Cover and boil for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Remove the cover and let steam for 1h to 1h15, until the meat is tender and begins to fall apart. Remove from heat and let rest for 1 hour. 

  4. 4

    Remove the duck from the pan. Pour ½ cup of cooking fat into another pan. Add the duck and orange juice. Cook on medium heat until the juice is absorbed, and the meat begins to brown.

  5. 5

    Reduce the heat and thoroughly brown the duck pieces for about 15 minutes. Take the meat out of the pan, remove the bones then shred, using a fork, or chop the meat with a knife.

Tacos

  1. 1

    Heat tortillas in a very hot, dry pan. Set aside in a basket, lined with a napkin to keep them hot and soft.

  2. 2

    Garnish the tortillas with the carnitas, salsa, lettuce, onion, radishes and coriander.

  3. 3

    Fold tacos and add some lime juice and more salsa, to taste.

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