Duck carnitas (little meats)

With soft tortillas and a quick red onion pickle

Duck carnitas (little meats)

Duck carnitas (little meats)

Serves Serves 2
Time Cooks In2 hours 20 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 634 32%
  • Fat 18.5g 26%
  • Saturates 6g 30%
  • Sugars 27.8g 31%
  • Salt 2.7g 45%
  • Protein 38.1g 76%
  • Carbs 78.4g 30%
  • Fibre 10.8g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 1 x 300 g free-range duck leg
  • 2 small red onions
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander (15g)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 beef tomatoes (600g)
  • 1 orange
  • 1-2 tablespoons chipotle paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 6 mini tortillas
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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
  2. Season the duck leg all over with sea salt and black pepper and place in a 5cm x 30cm high-sided roasting tray. Roughly chop one onion and the coriander stalks (reserving the leaves in a bowl of iced water), bash the whole garlic cloves (skin and all), and quarter the tomatoes and orange, then add everything to the tray, squeezing in the orange juice as you go. Add the chipotle paste and give everything a good stir, making sure the duck is nicely coated. Roast for 1½ to 2 hours, or until the duck is cooked through, basting the duck in the lovely juices from time to time.
  3. Meanwhile, thinly slice the remaining onion, add to a bowl with the red wine vinegar and a pinch of salt, then scrunch everything together.
  4. Transfer the duck to a plate to cool slightly. Remove the garlic, orange and tomato skins from the sauce and discard, then mash everything together with a potato masher or wooden spoon. Place the tray on a low heat and reduce the sauce down a little until thickened. Shred the meat from the bones and stir through the sauce.
  5. Warm the tortillas in the cooling oven, then transfer to plates and top with a spoonful or two of the carnita mix, finished with a few picked coriander leaves and the quick-pickled onion.


Feel free to customise your toppings – scoops of avocado, soured cream or a few slices of fresh red chilli would all work well.