Give taco night a twist by making a batch of Slow Cooker Venison Tacos. These are just as delicious as if you were using ground beef. You’ll need just a few pantry staples and all of your favorite toppings to make a yummy taco dinner.
Add a few other options to your Taco Tuesday meal plan with my Slow Cooker Birria Tacos and Slow Cooker Taco Dip.
Does ground venison make good taco meat?
Ground venison pretty much has the same texture as ground beef, which makes it an ideal meat choice for making tacos. When processed appropriately, you can barely tell the difference between the two. And one of the best things about using ground venison is you don’t have to worry about pouring off any fat.
- Ground Venison Meat: Some people like it 100% venison. We like to keep it at 80% venison, 20% pork. Go with whatever you prefer.
- Seasoning: You’ll only need one packet of taco seasoning, which can be purchased at the grocery store or made from scratch.
- Rotel Tomatoes: Adds a nice kick as well as heartiness to the taco meat.
- Water: Typically used per the taco sauce packet.
- Taco Fixings: I suggest having fresh lime for squeezing lime juice just before serving as well as fresh jalapeno, red onion, tomato, avocado, and taco sauce for toppings.
Step One – Add the ground venison to your crock pot, along with the canned tomatoes and chilies, the taco seasoning and water. Give the venison meat mixture a good stir.
Step Two – Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or 4 hours on HIGH.
How to serve
- Create delicious tacos with your favorite toppings such as shredded romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, avocado, jalapeños, diced onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.
- Use flour tortillas to make easy venison soft tacos or burritos. You can also use soft corn tortillas.
- You can also use this taco meat to make a taco salad, enchiladas, or rotel dip.
When we harvest our deer we have it mixed with a little pork so that it has a little extra fat, so that it doesn’t dry out. You can use venison that hasn’t been mixed with pork and still have great results for the Rotel tomatoes will keep the meat moist as it cooks.
Place the remaining venison taco meat in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a cast iron skillet until warmed throughout.
Chili powder, minced garlic, garlic powder, a splash of apple cider vinegar, cumin, and salt and pepper are all taco meat friendly spices.
Yes. Cook the meat according to the instructions. Then, wait for it to cool to at least room temperature before storing it in the freezer. Be sure to use a freezer safe container.
It shouldn’t. But in all honesty, it will depend on how the deer meat was processed and how used to the flavor of venison you are.
Yes, if that’s what you prefer.
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Slow Cooker Venison Tacos
- 2 lbs. ground venison
- 1 oz. packet taco seasoning
- 10 oz. can tomatoes and chilies (Rotel tomatoes)
- 1 cup water
- flour or corn tortillas
- shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, avocado, jalapeños, red onion, shredded cheese, taco sauce.
- Add the ground venison to your slow cooker, along with the canned tomatoes and chilies, the taco seasoning and water.
- Give a good stir, then cover and cook on low for 6 hours (or 4 hour on high).
- Bake the tortillas per packaging instructions.
- Serve with the ground venison taco meat, along with the optional toppings, for people to dress how they prefer.
- When we harvest our deer we have it mixed with a little pork so that it has a little extra fat, so that it doesn’t dry out. Everyone’s is different though. Some people like it 100% venison. We like to keep it at 80% venison, 20% pork. You can use venison that hasn’t been mixed with pork and still have great results for the Rotel tomatoes will keep the meat moist as it cooks.
- Place the remaining venison taco meat in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a cast iron skillet until warmed throughout.
- Nutritional values do not include taco shells or toppings
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
Is the ground venison or other meat put in crockpot raw or precooked? Thanks
Sarah Olson says
This is put in raw.