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Tacos de Venado (Game Meat Taco)

Tacos de Venado bring the untamed flavors of the wilderness right to your plate. Featuring venison as the star ingredient, these tacos are a rustic yet refined alternative to more traditional taco fillings. If you’re a game meat aficionado or simply looking to try something new, this recipe is for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Game meat enthusiasts, those looking for unique taco experiences, and people interested in sustainable eating.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 1.5-2 hours.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, rich in protein and iron, lower in fat compared to beef.

About this Recipe

Venison, or deer meat, is a lean and flavorful protein that’s often associated with hunting and sustainable living. In Tacos de Venado, the venison is typically marinated and slow-cooked to bring out its natural flavors and tenderness, making it a perfect taco filling.

Equipment Required

  • Slow cooker or Dutch oven
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Tongs


  • Venison steak or roast: 2 lbs
  • Corn tortillas: 10-12 pieces
  • Garlic: 4 cloves, minced
  • Onion: 1 medium, chopped
  • Lime juice: 1/4 cup
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, diced onions, lime wedges


  1. Marinate Venison: Combine minced garlic, chopped onion, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Coat the venison with this marinade and let sit for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  2. Slow Cook: Place the marinated venison in a slow cooker or Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover the meat. Cook on low heat for 1.5-2 hours, or until tender.
  3. Shred Meat: Once cooked, use two forks to shred the venison into small pieces.
  4. Heat Tortillas: Warm the corn tortillas on a griddle or skillet over medium heat.
  5. Assemble Tacos: Place a generous scoop of shredded venison on each tortilla. Garnish as desired.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Refried beans
  • Guacamole

Storage Options

  • Store leftover venison in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before assembling tacos.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Beef or pork can be used in place of venison for a more conventional option.
  • Lemon juice can replace lime juice if unavailable.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Cazuela: Tacos with various stewed fillings.
  • Tacos de Pescado: Fish tacos.
  • Tacos de Chorizo: Sausage tacos.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page


Tacos de Venado offer a unique and sophisticated twist on the traditional taco. The lean and flavorful venison provides a healthy and sustainable protein option, while the slow cooking and spices ensure a mouth-watering experience. Perfect for a special occasion or just a regular taco night that needs a little extra flair. Happy cooking!