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Duck Camp Crispy Duck Carnitas

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How I served my crispy duck carnitas:

I made my flour tortillas from scratch earlier in the day and warmed them in the oven just before serving. To add some tangy spice to my dish I quick-pickled fresh jalapenos and radishes. This is so simple and takes only 10 minutes. We added my mother-in-laws homemade salsa, cotija cheese, sliced avocado, white rice and beans. 

Other Variations:

You can make your own corn tortillas using masa flour for a street taco vibe. This will also make the dish gluten free! 

The crema can be made dairy free using your favorite dairy free sour cream and heavy cream substitutes. Be sure to leave off the cojita cheese! 

If you would like to see more variations or see how I made the tortillas or quick-pickle let me know! I would be happy to share!

Rikki holding ducks beside hunting dog

Serving Size: 2 servings
Time to make: 5 hours
Special Equipment: Dutch Oven, Cast iron Pan, Blender
Also works with: Turkey, Chicken, other game birds

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Crispy Duck Carnitas

Recipe by Rikki Folger
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Course: Wild Recipes


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  • 4 duck breasts, skinned

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • ½ cup duck fat

  • 5 cloves garlic, rough chopped

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • ½ cup coffee

  • 4 cups duck stock (can use chicken stock)

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Cilantro Lime Crema
  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 bunch cilantro, minimal stems

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Other
  • Flour Tortillas, homemade tastes best!

  • Pickled Jalapenos and Radishes

  • Cotija Cheese

  • Salsa, any kind will do!

  • Avocado, sliced

  • Lime wedges

  • White Rice

  • Black Bean


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Sear duck breast in duck fat over medium heat in a dutch oven until brown on each side. This is for color and duck will still be raw in the middle. Remove and set aside when done.
  • Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. You can add more duck fat if needed.
  • Add duck back to the pot with the rest of the ingredients listed.
  • Place pot with the lid on in the oven for 4 hours. The duck is done when it can easily be shredded.
  • While the duck is cooking, make the cilantro lime crema. Add sour cream, heavy cream, cilantro leaves and lime juice to a blender and mix until just combined. Add salt to your taste. Place in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
  • When the duck is ready, remove from braising liquid and shred. Be sure to save the liquid!
  • When the duck is shredded add a little duck fat to a cast iron pan over medium high heat. Add shredded duck and ½ cup of the braising liquid, cook for 5 minutes until slightly crispy.
  • Take off heat and assemble with the crema and toppings. These can be made into tacos, burritos, tostadas… really whatever you want to make. The world is your oyster!

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Rikki Folger

Rikki Folger is a professional chef who specializes in wild game and foraged food. Her purpose is to build a deep connection with the natural world through her recipes and adventures. When she isn’t cooking delicious meals, you will find her on a wild adventure with friends, new and old.

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