Easy Venison Recipes

These venison recipes use nutritious deer meat to make for some delicious meals.

| November/December 2016

  • Venison Stuffed Peppers are packed with diverse flavors.
    Photo by Lori Dunn

Autumn is a special time of year in our family. The cool temperatures are a welcome relief from the dog days of summer, a walk in the brisk air is rejuvenating, and the smell of the woods is one of my favorites. The trees paint a gorgeous picture with vibrant leaves of crimson, orange and gold.

There is another season that runs along with the autumn season that is always anticipated in my family, and that’s whitetail deer season. In our home, some vacation time is always reserved specifically for hunting season.

Deer hunting has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child, venison was always one of the primary foods on our table, and it became a staple for my family after getting married. Venison replaces beef in most of my recipes. It is a very lean, nutritious meat source. We hunt and process our own deer, usually freezing roasts, steaks, cuts for stir-fry, and ground venison. Deer meat is also very good canned, and canning it makes for quick meals, as it is pre-cooked and ready to use in soups, potpies, and hot venison gravy over potatoes.

Whether you process your own deer, or take it somewhere to have it processed, plan to get some venison ground into “burger.” It is wonderfully versatile and can be used in place of ground beef and even ground turkey or chicken in a recipe. Use it for chili, tacos, meatloaf, pizza and pasta topping, stroganoff, burgers, stromboli and more — the list is limitless. If you are willing and able to harvest a deer, take full advantage of this resource. When we grind and package our venison, we don’t weigh each package, so there is some variation in each package. Most weigh about 1-1/2 pounds, and this size works well for our family. For the following recipes, anything between 1 and 1-1/2 pounds will work fine.

Venison Stuffed Peppers Recipe
Easy Venison Chili Recipe
Venison Tacos Recipe
Nacho Casserole with Ground Venison
Venison Meatballs and Spaghetti Recipe
Venison Stroganoff Recipe

Turn fresh game into fantastic fare for the dinner table.

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