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Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:37 pm

2 whole ducks or 4-6 breasts
1/4 cup canola oil
1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
7 tablespoons spice mix, recipe follows
1/4 cup masa harina (corn flour)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup beer
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
3 poblano chiles, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1 (4-ounce) can green chiles, chopped
2 corn tortillas, fried crisp or 8 tortilla chips
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup sliced scallions, for garnish
1/2 cup sour cream, for garnish


Remove the duckmeat from the bones. Remove the skin from the meat. Cut the meat into 1/4 to 1/2-inch cubes.

In a large Dutch oven or large covered pot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork, cook until browned, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add the chopped garlic and duckmeat, cook until duckis browned, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with ground spice mix, masa harina and flour. Cook, stirring, until flour is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the beer, onions, red pepper, poblanos and jalapeno. Lower the heat to medium, add the chicken stock and chopped canned green chiles.

Crumble the tortillas or corn chips into a blender. Ladle out enough of the chililiquid to cover the tortillas in the blender. Blend until smooth. Add back to chili. Simmer until duckis tender, about 1 hour. Season, to taste, with salt. Keep on simmer until serving.

Remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro and lime juice. Serve, garnished with scallions and

sour cream

Spice Mix:

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon corianderseeds

1.5 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add cumin and coriander, cook until spices are fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder, grind to a powder and transfer to a small bowl. Stir in remaining spices.

I doubled the recipe, cut the stock down by 25%, added a can of light kidney beans for texture and a can of tomato paste for color. A few dashes of Colgin Liquid smoke. Add these or omit them, its still excellent. I made it with a mix of divers and puddlers, they all melt in your mouth and have an excellent flavor.

I've tried most every recipe on here for duck chili, this is the better than any of them. Now it's on here.
Last edited by don taylor on Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:13 pm

are there any alternatives for the beer in this recipe? being 18 and not having a fake ID this would be somewhat difficult for me :biggrin:

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:42 am

Just omit it and add some chicken stock if it starts to thicken up too much. In the grand scheme, its probably one of the least vital ingredients.

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:17 am

de-alcholized beer would probably work too

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:52 am

thanks guys, i really appreciate it.

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:29 am

It's illegal in my state to purchase NA beer if your under 21. That's one of those profoundly dumb laws.

As to be expected, it's better the next day. We had it over penne last night for dinner.

While I'm responding, I like cooking, but I don't have a spice grinder laying around. I just put everything in the bottom of a bowl and used a metal ladle to smash the coriander and cumin until it was finely ground. It took maybe 4 minutes.

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:51 pm

We've made this recipe twice now. The first time a few weeks ago, we followed it to the letter, and it was great. My 32 year old daughter who says "we don't like shooting", and turned her nose up at the thought of duck suddenly turned predator after tasting a spoonful of this chili. She ended up robbing me of a quart, took it home and ate it all herself.

The second time was yesterday. We decided to double the recipe, but once everything was measured out we discovered we were short of duck. Coulda sworn we had eight bluebill breasts, but only had four. So we substituted an equal volume of cubed beef stew meat for the missing duck. Unless you really think about it, you don't notice the difference. Beer was Samuel Adams.

We found the chili a bit on the salty side the first time -- perhaps more salt crept in via broth or chips we ground up or both. Anyway I recommend you use about 1/2 tablespoon of salt in the spice mix, then season to taste near the end. That's what we did the second time and it worked out perfectly.

And you'll never guess what my wife found in the freezer today. Yep. The other four bluebill breasts from Matagorda Island. Oh well! I see more duck chili in my future...and more duck hunting!

Thanks so much for posting this excellent recipe!


Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:28 am

I'm glad you enjoyed it, that made it worth posting up.

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:49 pm

I gave this one a try last night and it was good, definitely worth trying again. I think next time i might change a few things to suit my taste but i liked it :thumbsup:

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:59 am

Gonna give this a shot this weekend

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:32 am


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Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:35 pm

I'm going to give this 5 year old recipe a bump. I made it for the first time for the super bowl and it was amazing.

Instead of pork I used beef chuck cubed. And 9 red head breasts.

Re: Best Duck Chili Recipe Ever..

Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:17 pm


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