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Taco de Pato: A Creative Recipe

Chefs and food bloggers have been experimenting with new and creative taco fillings. Recently, duck has become a popular choice due to its rich flavor and versatility.

In fact, Duck Tacos offer a unique twist on traditional tacos and so they may appeal to people who are looking for something different. In this article we present a recipe that is full of taste and creativity.

About this recipe

Taco de Pato, or Duck Tacos, are a gourmet twist on the traditional Mexican taco. This dish offers a rich and succulent flavor profile, making it a must-try for those looking to explore the depths of Mexican cuisine.

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The use of duck in Mexican cuisine is not as common as other meats like chicken or beef, but it offers a luxurious and rich flavor that elevates the humble taco to a gourmet level. This dish is especially popular in upscale Mexican restaurants.

Why make this recipe?

  • Unique Flavor: Duck meat offers a rich and unique flavor that you won’t find in traditional tacos.
  • Special Occasions: Perfect for impressing guests or celebrating a special event.
  • Culinary Adventure: Great for those looking to try something different in Mexican cuisine.

What do Duck Tacos taste like?

The duck meat provides a rich, succulent flavor that pairs beautifully with traditional Mexican spices and herbs. The result is a taco that is both luxurious and deeply satisfying.

What is in a Duck Taco?

The main ingredient is duck meat, usually the breast, which is marinated and cooked to perfection. It is then served in a corn or flour tortilla with various toppings like onions, cilantro, and salsa.

Equipment required for this recipe

  • Skillet or grill
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowls


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Your choice of salsa


  1. Marinate the Duck: Season the duck breasts with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lime. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the Duck: Cook the duck breasts in a skillet or on a grill until medium-rare.
  3. Rest and Slice: Let the duck rest for a few minutes before slicing it thinly.
  4. Assemble and Serve: Place the duck slices on a tortilla, add chopped onions, cilantro, and a spoonful of salsa. Fold and serve immediately.

How to serve Duck Tacos

Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side for an extra burst of flavor.

What to serve Duck Tacos with

  • Guacamole
  • Mexican rice
  • A cold beer or margarita

My recommendations and tips

  • For a smoky flavor, consider adding a touch of chipotle to your salsa.
  • Duck can be cooked medium-rare for the best flavor and texture.

Taco de Pato storage ideas

Duck meat can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. However, it’s best to consume the tacos immediately after preparation for the best taste.

Potential ingredients substitutes

  • Chicken or pork can be used if duck is not available.
  • Flour tortillas can be used instead of corn.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 300
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use duck legs instead of breasts?
  • Yes, but cooking time may vary.
  • Is this dish spicy?
  • The spiciness depends on the salsa you use.


Duck Tacos are a luxurious take on the traditional Mexican taco. Its rich and unique flavors make it a perfect dish for special occasions or for those looking to explore the gourmet side of Mexican cuisine.

We hope you enjoyed this Duck Tacos recipe!