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My husband likes to hunt deer and elk in the fall. This Chunky Venison Stew is a wonderful way to use some of the processed meat. 

Venison Stew Served from a Large Dutch Oven

(Post modified on 1/4/24.)

Our family practically lived on venison meat for the first 15 years of our marriage. During that time, I learned how to best prepare the burger, steaks, and roasts. Some of the recipes were okay. Some were amazing. This stew falls into the latter category.

Our granddaughter adores this stew. We’ve nicknamed it “Mountain Stew” because we always make Chunky Venison Stew when we go camping in the mountains. And we’re hoping to one day take a big family vacation, where we’ll make this stew together. It also works well for Cowboy gatherings. Or any family gathering, for that matter.

 

More Venison Recipes to Try

 

Ingredients for Chunky Venison Stew

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • vegetable oil
  • venison stew meat
  • large yellow onion
  • garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • bay leaf
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • beef stock
  • red potatoes
  • carrots
  • frozen petite garden peas (optional)
  • all-purpose flour and water (to make a thickening paste)

 

Tips for Making this Stew

There is nothing quite like having meat simmer on your kitchen stove. It smells so good. Meat that simmers for hours and turns so tender that it falls apart in your fork. That’s how you want this meat to be. Of course, you could use beef for this recipe as well. I have done so. But I have to admit that it just doesn’t taste as good. The venison meat (at least in this recipe) gives it a distinct, and wonderful flavor that you won’t get from a beef roast.

Stew with chunks of potatoes and carrots

For this stew, you want your vegetables to be large and chunky. It seems appropriate to make them that way, to go with the wild meat you’re serving. And it just tastes plain wonderful when you scoop some up in your spoon and take that first bite. Yummy! Can you say Comfort Food?

I sometimes like to add frozen peas to the stew to give it just a little pop of color and even more flavor.

 

Instructions for Making Venison Stew

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather all the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Using a cutting board and sharp knife, slice chunks of stew meat and set aside.

On a second cutting board, coarsely chop the yellow onion. Mince the garlic. Place in a small bowl until ready to use.

Slice the red potatoes into bite-size chunks. Peel and slice the carrots. Place vegetables in a bowl and set aside until later.

 

Make the Stew

Brown the Meat in a Little Oil

Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot. Brown the chunks of stew meat.

Add Onion and Garlic to the Meat

Add in the prepared chopped onion and minced garlic.

Using a wooden spoon or spurtle, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, dried oregano and parsley. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer covered 2 hours or until meat is tender. Add water as needed, one cup at a time.

Add just enough water to keep the meat from burning, about one cup at a time. Be sure to check the meat every 20-30 minutes to stir.

Add Potatoes and Carrots to the Meat after it has Simmered

Add prepared chunks of potatoes and carrots to the stew meat with enough beef stock to cover the vegetables. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

If desired, add frozen petite garden peas to the stew for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Add Thickener to the Stew

Add Thickener

In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and water until completely incorporated. Slowly stir into stew.

Cook and stir until thickened. Remove bay leaf. Allow the stew to cool for 5-7 minutes before serving.

This recipe will serve 6-8 people.

Serve Stew with Savory Southwest Biscuits

I like to serve this stew with Country Biscuits, Sourdough Biscuits, or Savory Southwest Biscuits. They all are equally wonderful with this stew to help mop up that delicious, thick gravy.

See more Venison Recipes Here. View more Soup ideas Here.

 

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Chunky Venison Stew

My husband and daughters like to hunt deer and elk in the fall. This is a great venison recipe full of hearty meat and chunks of potato, carrots, and peas.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Serving Size 10

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds venison stew meat cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 large yellow onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 medium red potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3-4 cups beef stock as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen petite garden peas optional
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Using a cutting board and sharp knife, slice chunks of stew meat and set aside.
  • On a second cutting board, coarsely chop the yellow onion. Mince the garlic. Place in a small bowl until ready to use.
  • Slice the red potatoes into bite-size chunks. Peel and slice the carrots. Place vegetables in a bowl and set aside until later.

Make the Stew

  • Heat oil in large Dutch oven. Brown the chunks of stew meat.
  • Add in the prepared chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for a few minutes until onion is tender.
  • Using a wooden spoon or Spurtle, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, dried oregano and parsley. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer covered 2 hours or until meat is tender. Add water as needed, one cup at a time. Stir the meat every 20-30 minutes, making sure there is still water on the bottom of the pan.
  • When meat is fork tender, add the prepared chunks of potatoes and carrots to the stew meat with enough beef stock to cover the vegetables. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • If desired, add frozen petite garden peas to the stew for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Add Thickener

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and water until completely incorporated.
  • Slowly stir the thickener into stew. Cook and stir until thickened. Remove bay leaf. Allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before serving. Makes 8-10 servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 969mg | Potassium: 1344mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7767IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 5mg

 

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  1. My hubby got his first deer of the season last week and I was looking for a new recipe to try. This is dinner tonight and I can't wait!