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The Best Venison Stew Ever

When your hubby hands you deer meat, you make Venison Stew. Perfectly seasoned tender meat with hearty carrots, potatoes, celery and onions….this stew recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Venison is almost always in our freezer, and this is a great way to use just about any cut of the lean and flavorful meat. Where we live (West Tennessee), deer is plentiful and affordable, and hunting is a lifestyle. We respect the animal and the kill, and we are always appreciative and thankful for the meals made from this beautiful animal. Serve this recipe with homemade biscuits and your family will go crazy over this delicious pot of yummy.

This is true Southern comfort. (And it makes all of those early mornings of hunting worthwhile.)

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Do you ever make a meal that you are proud of? One of those meals you take your time with, enjoy the entire cooking process, think it is pretty dang good? Then your family eats it and loves it?

This Venison Stew is that recipe for me right now.  Proud of my husband for providing for our family. Proud to serve my family this wonderful homemade meal.  Proud of where we live and the life we lead.

How beautiful is this? Hardly any fat. Full of flavor and protein, the perfect base for this Venison Stew.




We love stew. I make it a few times a year, especially when there is a nip of cold in the air. Usually we use leftover pot roast or beef. (And this recipe is excellent with beef if you do not have access to venison.)

This one was extra special. Not sure if it was the venison meat that was the trick (from my husband’s big kill last year), or if the seasonings were perfect…but whatever it is, this Venison Stew recipe is the best stew I have ever made.

Hands down.  And I’ve made a lot of stew.

And just because he (the Hunter Hubby )made me post this, here is THE deer (currently hanging on my wall),that provided my family this wonderful dinner.


Southern Decor. Thanks to my hubby. #southerngirlprobs #lastyearsdeer #homedecor #hunting #youmightbearedneck

Southern Decor. Thanks to my hubby.
#southerngirlprobs #lastyearsdeer #homedecor #hunting #youmightbearedneck


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After tossing our venison in seasonings and flour, we browned it in some bacon fat. Yes, bacon fat. Don’t be shy…this is about flavor. (Use oil if you want, but if you have the bacon fat, this is a great recipe to use it in.)





When your hubby hands you deer meat, make Venison Stew. I am proud of this recipe. The meal, the animal, and the lifestyle of West Tennessee.


Definitely use large chopped veggies. It gives the stew a heartier texture, looks fantastic, and who doesn’t love a big ol’ carrot in their bowl of stew?

Simmer and stew until the vegetables are cooked through and the venison is tender.


If you love this country recipe, try these:

Country Chicken Cacciatore

Grilled Bacon Cabbage

Tennessee Tomato Gravy

Three Bean Venison Chili

Fall Harvest Homemade Vegetable Soup



When your hubby hands you deer meat, make Venison Stew. I am proud of this recipe. The meal, the animal, and the lifestyle of West Tennessee.


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Serve with cornbread, crackers, white bread or my personal choice : Homemade Butter Biscuits! (Recipe coming soon!)


When your hubby hands you deer meat, make Venison Stew. I am proud of this recipe. The meal, the animal, and the lifestyle of West Tennessee.


What is your favorite stew recipe? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below.

Venison Stew
4.5 from 2 votes

Venison Stew

Tender chunks of lean venison in a rich and hearty stew with potatoes and carrots.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword venison stew
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 384 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Buy This

  • 2 lbs venison cut into 1 inch cubes (we used tenderloin, you can also use roast, backstrap, etc)
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 5 medium potatoes peeled and cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 4 large carrots large chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large onion chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 celery stalks chopped about 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 cups Spicy V-8 juice
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 TB bacon fat
  • 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander

Cook That

  1. Cut venison meat into 1 inch cubes. In a large bowl, toss with flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper, garlic powder and ground coriander. Use your hands to make sure all of the deer meat is coated well. (Keep the flour that is left in bottom of the bowl.)
  2. In a large pot, heat 2 TB of the bacon fat over medium high heat. In small batches, cook the flour coated venison until browned on all sides, about 5 - 7 minutes per batch. Add more bacon fat as you cook the deer. As each batch is cooked, set aside. Continue until all meat is browned.
  3. Return the cooked venison to the pot. Add the potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Stir to combine. Add the V-8 to deglaze the pot, stirring well and scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add 1 cup of hot water to the reserved flour mixture (that was leftover from coating the venison.) Using a fork or whisk, stir until smooth. Pour into the pot with the venison and vegetables.
  5. Mix in the remaining water, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, remaining salt and pepper. Stir well, increase heat to a low boil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cook until the carrots are cooked through and the venison is tender.
  7. Serve hot with biscuits.
Nutrition Facts
Venison Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 384 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 541mg 23%
Potassium 1201mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 110.7%
Vitamin C 39.5%
Calcium 8.4%
Iron 51.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    November 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    What a Midwestern delight! This looks so hearty and delicious. Perfect for those chilly days that are so rapidly approaching!

    • Reply
      November 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      It really came together so well. Great cut of venison, too, so it was very tender. (Next time I make it, I will add more carrots. Because I love them, and seems like everyone picks those out of the pot.)

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    November 30, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Great recipe, Teri! I made a few substitutions, but really fabulous flavor and robust stew! The venison (fresh butchered) was quite tender. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I love it, and I’m like you, I make substitutions all the time in this recipe. Very filling and the ultimate comfort food for this time of year. (Also great with beef, too.)

  • Reply
    Alissa Krone
    June 17, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    This looks delicious!! We are a hunting family and I seriously NEVER thought of using our deer or elk meat in stew!!! Well I am going to make it this week!! can’t wait…. Thank you for the recipe (and hunting) 😉

    p.s… Mount looks great he’s a big one!! Good Job to the Hubs!!!

    • Reply
      June 18, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Hope you have a chance to try this recipe. It is one of my favorites.

  • Reply
    November 14, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    how would you suggest to make this in a crock pot?

  • Reply
    November 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I would brown the meat as described in steps 1 and 2, then put it all in a crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours. You might have to add more liquid if your slow cooker cooks “hot”…mine does. Let me know how it turns out and any tweaks you made. I’d love to know.

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