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Coconut Mango Iguana Tacos

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Recipe prepared by Podcast Host Dustyn Carrol

“Green iguanas (Iguana iguana) are an invasive species in Florida and are not native to our state. They can cause considerable damage to infrastructure, including seawalls, sidewalks. This species is not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law.” So, as long as you harvest them humanely and safely, which we do, then you can take as many as you want. In addition to damaging infrastructure, the iguanas eat pretty much all plants, fruits, and vegetables. They are considered a pest which, unfortunately most people do not regulate.

Personally, I think they taste amazing and should be eaten more frequently just out of principal and to keep numbers around my home low. This recipe is quick and easy using many tropical ingredients to form a delicious taco.


1 Large Iguana, Skinned, Cleaned, and Rinsed

1 tbsp of lime juice

1 Mango, diced

1 Avocado, sliced

13oz Coconut Milk

12 6” Flour Tortillas

Pinch of salt

1 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper

2 Tsp Cajun Style Seasoning

1 Bunch of Cilantro, leaves picked

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil
  2. Add the iguana and lime juice
  3. Reduce heat and boil for one hour
  4. Remove iguana and set aside to cool
  5. Using a fork, shred meat off of the tail, back and legs
  6. Pick over meat to ensure no bones are present
  7. Bring a large cast iron pan to medium heat
  8. Add the meat, coconut milk, mango, salt, black pepper, and Cajun seasoning
  9. Simmer for 15 minutes
  10. Using a slotted spoon, place each serving on a tortilla
  11. Top with sliced avocado, cheese of choice, and cilantro.

Dustyn Carroll

Dustyn always had a love for adventure and fostered a love for hunting and fishing after his military career began. He found an appreciation of wild game meats through his co-workers and then jumped into the pursuit of wild meat wholeheartedly. Cooking and serving wild game to his family and friends has become pleasurable achievement which he looks forward to at every new journey.

2 thoughts on “Coconut Mango Iguana Tacos

  • In light of the recent cold weather in FL, were you able to harvest the abundance of cold-stunned iguanas? I couldn’t help thinking that if I lived in FL, I’d be out collecting all the “drops” to make tacos just like we collect dropped apples for cider! Hope you were able to make tacos while the weather was cold…

    • Harvesting Nature

      We definitely tried but it only got down to 50 here in Key West and we didn’t see any drop unfortunately. I saw reports from up in Miami that people were collecting the fallen iguanas for meat.


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