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These rabbit tacos are perfect for the tougher leg cuts of the rabbit. The meat turns out tender and juicy every time.

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Rabbit tacos

These tacos were made with our leftover smoked rabbit but they can be made with fresh, uncooked rabbit or previously cooked, leftover rabbit.

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Either way, you will want to separate the rabbit parts into front legs, rear legs and the loin saddle.

What you need

  • rabbit meat
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • orange
  • jalapeno

To assemble tacos

  • corn tortillas or flour tortillas
  • rabbit taco mixture
  • your favorite toppings.

Optional taco toppings

  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • grated cheddar cheese or Jack cheese
  • cotija cheese or queso fresco
  • pickled or fresh sliced jalapeño
  • Mexican creme or sour cream
  • chopped cilantro leaves
  • pickled or fresh red onion
  • pickled or fresh radishes
  • sliced avocado
  • black olives
  • your favorite salsa or pico de gallo
  • hot sauce
  • spicy slaw
  • lime wedges or squeeze a bit of lime juice on each taco

How to make it

Step One

Add rabbit leg and thigh pieces and garlic cloves to slow cooker .

Quarter onion and orange. Add them to the pot.

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Add rabbit pieces, onion, garlic and orange to pot.

Step Two

Chop jalapeños. Add them to pot.

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Add jalapeños.

Step Three

Sprinkle spices on mixture in the pot.

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Add spices.

Step Four

Pour tomatoes over all.

If you would like to include the rabbit loin saddle, add that when you have about an hour left to cook.

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Pour tomatoes over all.

Turn slow cooker on low. Cook for about 5 hours, until meat easily breaks apart. Internal temperature should be 195-205°F / 95°C.

Remove pieces from crockpot. Let meat cool until cool enough to handle. Carefully remove bones. Rabbit bones are super small, especially if you added the rabbit saddle. The backbones are minute, so be careful to get them all.

Remove orange rinds from the slow cooker and discard. Add the pulled meat back into the crockpot and mix it up with the vegetables. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If it isn’t spicy enough for your crowd add some chili powder or adobo sauce with some minced chipotle peppers. Warm it on the warm setting on the crockpot until hot enough to eat.

To assemble the tacos

Warm tortillas. Warm them in the microwave on a plate that is covered with a damp paper towel for about 30 seconds.

Alternatively, they can be fried in a skillet with a few tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil. Fry on first side until desired crispness. Flip and fry on the second side.

What sides to serve with rabbit tacos

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Pro tips

  • You can also cook this on the stovetop or in a Dutch oven in the oven at 325°F for about one hour. If you cook on the stovetop, bring the pot to a boil. Then reduce the heat and cook over low heat for about and hour. If it looks like it’s getting a bit dry on the stovetop, add a bit of chicken broth to loosen it up.
  • Cook rabbit low and slow so that it gets very tender.
  • If you are adding the loin saddle, add it in the last ¼ of the cooking time.
  • Very carefully pick out all of the bones.

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Rabbit Tacos

These rabbit tacos are perfect for the tougher leg cuts of the rabbit. The meat turns out tender and juicy every time.
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add rabbit leg and thigh pieces and garlic cloves to slow cooker .
  • Quarter onion and orange. Add them to the pot.
  • Chop jalapeños. Add them to pot.
  • Sprinkle spices on mixture in the pot.
  • Pour tomatoes over all.
  • If you would like to include the rabbit loin saddle, add that when you have about an hour left to cook.
  • Turn slow cooker on low. Cook for about 5 hours, until meat easily breaks apart. Internal temperature should be 195-205°F / 95°C.
  • Remove pieces from crockpot. Let meat cool until cool enough to handle. Carefully remove bones. Rabbit bones are super small, especially if you added the rabbit saddle. The backbones are minute, so be careful to get them all.
  • Remove orange rinds from the slow cooker and discard. Add the pulled meat back into the crockpot and mix it up with the vegetables. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If it isn’t spicy enough for your crowd add some chili powder or adobo sauce with some minced chipotle peppers. Warm it on the warm setting on the crockpot until hot enough to eat.

To assemble tacos

  • Warm tortillas. Warm them in the microwave on a plate that is covered with a damp paper towel for about 30 seconds. Alternatively, they can be fried in a skillet with a few tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil. Fry on first side until desired crispness. Flip and fry on the second side.
  • Fill tortillas with a few tablespoons of the rabbit mixture.
  • Top with your favorite toppings. (See suggestions below)
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Notes

Recipe for Smoked Rabbit
Optional Taco Toppings
  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • grated cheddar cheese or Jack cheese
  • cotija cheese or queso fresco
  • pickled or fresh sliced jalapeño
  • Mexican creme or sour cream
  • chopped cilantro leaves
  • pickled or fresh red onion
  • pickled or fresh radishes
  • sliced avocado
  • black olives
  • your favorite salsa or pico de gallo
  • hot sauce
  • spicy slaw
  • lime wedges or squeeze a bit of lime juice on each taco

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 4mg
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Originally published June 17, 2022.

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