Duck Offal Street Tacos

Benjamin David | December 31, 2020
Duck offal street style tacos
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A late night snack of duck offal street style tacos.
Preparation Time

10 to 15 Minutes

Cooking Time

10 to 15 Minutes

Total Time

20 to 30 Minutes

Servings

1 to 2

Don’t waste those hearts and gizzards, because they are offal good, especially in a duck offal street taco.  Yeah, its a corny play on words, but its also true.

Some hunters are picky about duck species, others just plain suck at cooking duck, and think they all taste like trash.  It’s no surprise that a duck hunter, who doesn’t care much for duck meat, would pay no attention to the organs. They are missing out.

Its probably just my opinion, but unlike duck meat, you can’t really overcook an organ.  Almost any overcooked duck breast will taste like liver, species does not matter.

With regards to hearts and gizzards, they taste fairly fairly mild, don’t change flavor much, and when overcooked, can be shredded.  I prefer to leave them with a little bit of a chew to them, but dice them small.

Ingredients

4 Small Corn Tortillas
2 to 4 Duck Gizzards and Hearts
1/2 Small Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
2 to 4 Lime Wedges
Green Tomatillo based salsa, or salsa of choice. Tapatio will do in a pinch.
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper
Garlic powder, to taste
Oregano, to taste
Cumin, to taste
Paprika, to taste
Epazote, to taste

Directions

  1. Season hearts and gizzards with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, and paprika. If you don’t like an ingredient, don’t use it. If you have access to an herb called Epazote, use a little bit of it, as it helps ‘lighten’ gamey tastes.
  2. Sautee hearts and gizzards in a pan until thoroughly cooked.
  3. Chop onions and cilantro for toppings.
  4. Slice limes into wedges.
  5. Chop fully cooked organ meat into small bits.
  6. Heat tortillas.
  7. Fill tortillas with the meat, onions, cilantro, salsa, and squeeze a little lime over them.
  8. Enjoy!
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