Some may be surprised to learn that duck and Mexican-style dishes pair well together. In fact, both do-mestic and wild duck have been used in Mexican cuisine for centuries.
Here’s an easy, delicious dinner idea from chef Sara Moulton that uses duck as the key ingredient in tacos. This updated take on tacos can make family taco night more fun and flavorful with shredded duck meat, making it an easy way to enjoy the luxurious taste of duck any night of the week.
By Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton
For the Spice Blend:
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
1⁄2 teaspoon oregano, crumbled
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne
For the Filling & Toppings:
1 Maple Leaf Farms Roast Half Duck, thawed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water
12 ready-to-eat regular-size taco shells, warmed according
to package directions
1 16-ounce can refried beans (or make your own)
Shredded iceberg lettuce or finely shredded cabbage
To taste, shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
Light sour cream (optional)
Make the spice blend: Add the ingredients to a bowl and stir well to combine.
Make the fillings and toppings: Shred enough duck meat to yield 21⁄2 cups. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the duck and spice blend and stir to combine. Stir in the water and cook, covered, for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Divide the filling among the taco shells. Add refried beans if you like. Top with the lettuce and tomatoes, and sprinkle with cheese. Spoon on the salsa and sour cream, if desired. Serve immediately. Note: In a pinch, substitute about 1 tablespoon of your favorite packaged chicken taco seasoning mix for the spice blend.
Why Duck? Farm-raised White Pekin duck has a mild flavor that adapts to a variety of cuisines and is a delicious alternative to beef and chicken. Aside from the great taste, fully cooked duck products like roast half duck from Maple Leaf Farms save time in the kitchen. It’s already perfectly roasted, so if you’re shy about cooking duck, precooked duck products are the way to go.
“It’s tasty and it’s good to go. If you don’t want to eat it heated, straight up, you can shred it and use it in any number of recipes,” said celebrity chef Sara Moulton, host of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” sponsored by Maple Leaf Farms.
Where To Get It: You may find fully cooked roast half duck in the meat case of gourmet grocery stores and retailers and online at www.mapleleaffarms.com/roasthalfduck. Learn More: For additional information, call (800) 348-2812.