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.
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
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.
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.
Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.