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Yucatan Duck Tacos

Yucatan Duck Tacos, an inspired dish full of Yucatan flavor by Krista Towns
Krista Towns is a competitive cook creative that loves eating and photographing her dishes.
A 2016 World Food Championships 15th Seafood Champion • 2016 & 2017 South Carolina, TOA Challenge Winner and as of today our very first, Guest Recipes participant.
Yucatan Duck Tacos
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Yucatan Duck Tacos by Krista Towns Achiote-Citrus Marinated Duck Breast, Habanero-Mandarin Orange Hot Sauce, Pickled Radish
Servings Prep Time
8-10 soft tacos 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 soft tacos 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Yucatan Duck Tacos
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Yucatan Duck Tacos by Krista Towns Achiote-Citrus Marinated Duck Breast, Habanero-Mandarin Orange Hot Sauce, Pickled Radish
Servings Prep Time
8-10 soft tacos 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 soft tacos 5-10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Marinated Duck Breast
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup Mandarin Juice fresh mandarin orange juice (may substitute canned)
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice fresh lime juice (may substitute canned)
  • 6 Garlic cloves garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/4 cup achiote powder
  • 1 1/2 tabelspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Duck breasts whole duck breasts - separated and skin attached
Habanero- Mandarin Orange Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh mandarin orange juice (may substitute canned)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mandarin orange slices, seeded (may substitute canned)
  • 4 habanero peppers (3 seeded and deveined) chopped
  • 1/4 spanish onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • to taste salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pickled Radish
  • 1/2 cup pineapple or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 8-10 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Servings: soft tacos
Instructions
Marinated Duck Breast
  1. Marinated Duck Breast Marinade the duck breasts: Place all marinade ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Generously coat the duck breasts on both sides. Score the fatty sides of the breasts in a 1/2 inch crosshatch pattern. Set aside while preparing the other ingredients. Place a cast iron skillet or nonstick pan over medium heat, add the vegetable oil. Place the duck breasts fat sides down in the skillet, cook until much of the fat has rendered and the skin is crispy- about 8 minutes. Turn and cook briefly on the other sides, do not overcook- the duck should be medium to medium rare. Remove from the skillet, cover and rest for 5 minutes. Wipe out the skillet and briefly warm the tortillas, keep warm. To assemble, slice the duck breasts into 1/4 " slices. Place a few slices on each tortilla, add shredded cabbage, queso fresco, pickled radish and a generous splash of hot sauce. Enjoy!
Habanero- Mandarin Orange Hot Sauce
  1. To make the hot sauce, place the orange juice in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add the orange slices, peppers, onion, carrot and garlic, and cook until softened, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture into a bowl, add the vinegar and lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
Pickled Radish
  1. Place the vinegar, water, honey and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Simmer for two minutes then add the radishes, remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and cool.
Garnish or Additions
  1. - White corn tortillas - Shredded cabbage - Queso fresco - Lime slices - Cilantro
Recipe Notes

Note:
The achiote marinade works wonderfully as a pork or chicken marinade too! Cooking in banana leaves over slow heat adds a uniquely delicious flavor.
I used mandarin orange in the recipe because I love the intense sweetness and flavor of mandarin oranges, but any fresh oranges will work.
Thank you, Krista Towns


Yucatan Duck Tacos

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