Wild Turkey Taco Recipe

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Eating wild game extends the hunt. Here’s a recipe for turning wild turkey into a great meal for yourself, your friends and your family. Vary taco serving sizes based on how many you’ll feed.

Building your wild turkey taco. (Steve Hickoff photo)

A short list of what you’ll need includes:

• Turkey breast meat

• Vegetable oil

• Fresh diced tomato

• Chopped lettuce

• Diced yellow or red onion

• Ripe diced avocado (optional but delicious)

• Shredded sharp cheddar cheese

• Either hard taco shells or soft tortillas

• Store-bought taco sauce and seasoning

• Water

Step 1: Kill a wild turkey.

Step 2: Back at camp or in your kitchen at home, remove the breast meat. Cut it into bite-sized chunks. I like to take a piece of plastic wrap, cover the chunks then gently tenderize them with a meat hammer.

Step 3: Prep tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado and cheese.

Wild turkey tacos. (Steve Hickoff photo.)Step 4: Heat a little vegetable oil in a good frying pan and gently brown turkey chunks. Add 2/3 cup of water and taco seasoning mix. Simmer uncovered and stir often.

Step 5: At the same time, heat oven to 325 degrees. Place taco shells on a cookie sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes or until crisp. If you opt for tortillas, wrap them in foil and bake on the cookie sheet for the same amount of time or until warm.

Step 6: Remove taco shells or tortillas from oven. Gently spoon cooked turkey into taco shells or tortillas. Add a little taco sauce. Top with tomato, lettuce, etc. Enjoy.

> Go here for the Realtree Guide to Fall Turkey Hunting.

> And here for Timber2Table recipes.

Steve Hickoff is Realtree’s turkey hunting editor.