Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{gourmet taco night: duck tacos}

For our Oscars Viewing Party back in the winter, we served three different types of "fancy" tacos -one of which was a duck taco inspired by the menu at one of our favorite taco places near our Chicago place.  Turns out pretty much the only way to buy duck is in frozen breast fillets and we just so happened to have a few leftover in our freezer (and yes, it was still good!) so we decided to make our weeknight taco dinner a little extra gourmet this past week.  These tacos have rich flavor from the duck, but are nicely balanced with the crunchy spicy "slaw" and creamy avocado.  Invite some friends over and whip up some tequila cocktails then lay these duck tacos out on the table and watch people's level of impressed go significantly up.  Recipe at the bottom of the post!

what you need: 

  • two frozen duck fillets - you can find these easily at Whole Foods
  • one red bell pepper
  • one cup of coleslaw (we used the broccoli slaw from Trader Joes)
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  1. Combine the coleslaw with a table spoon of sour cream, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt in a bowl and stir to combine.  Set aside.
  2. Finely chop the cilantro and red bell pepper. Set aside.
  3. Score the skin side of the duck breast in a cross-hatched pattern and heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  4. Sear the duck, skin side down for two minutes or until golden brown and fat has begun to render.
  5. Flip and cook for another two minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. While the duck is resting, heat the tortillas over an open flame or in a dry pan.
  8. Cut duck into small pieces and assemble the taco: tortilla, avocado, coleslaw, red pepper, and cilantro.
  9. Garnish with a lime wedge and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. 


  1. YUM! And the glass of wine looks good too!

  2. I don't think I've ever had duck, but I'm a huge fan of tacos so this is a must try! We also have a weekly mexican night, so this will be on our tables soon!

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