Slow cooker shredded venison recipe

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A simple, yet tasty way to serve venison. Serve with tacos or use as a sandwich filler.

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IngredientsMakes: 6 - 8 servings

  • 1 (30g) packet taco seasoning mix
  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1.35kg venison roast
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 350ml water

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:5hr15min ›Ready in:5hr30min

  1. Mix half the taco seasoning with the flour and cayenne pepper to taste and coat the meat with this mixture. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Place the roast in the oil and brown well on all sides.
  2. Place the meat in a slow cooker with the water and cook on low setting for 8 hours or on high setting for 5 hours. When meat is done, shred with a fork and season to your taste.

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I used this recipe for moose meat and it was fantastic. I took the advice of others who said some flavor was lacking and used the whole packet of taco seasoning mix. I also added some sliced jalapenos to the water in the slow cooker. It gave it a nice kick. Thanks for the great recipe!-19 Oct 2010

by MBC

I loved this recipe! I have made it twice, the second time I used more taco seasoning to make in more spicy. After pulling the meat apart I mix it with barbecue sauce, then serve it on soft taco shells with cheese and sour cream, very good! My husband doesn't generally like venision, but this has quickly become one of his favorite recipes!-19 Feb 2005

by KGora

Since I have a freezer full of Venison I was looking for creative ways to use it. I had a 1-3/4 lb. roast and cooked it per the directions. Much to my surprise, after the time in the slow cooker the roast was no where near tender enough to shred with a fork. I had to put it in the pressure cooker for about 1/2 hour-ish to make it shreddable. I then seasoned with the remaining taco seasoning. I guess we're spoiled with ground beef in our tacos. We didn't care much for this. Even my deer hunting venison-lovin' husband wasn't a fan. Sorry.-08 Mar 2011

Mexican Shredded Beef Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

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The beauty of this Mexican Shredded Beef is it can be done in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker and either way it’s delicious!

We love Mexican food at our house and some of our other favorites include these Chicken Enchiladas, Tortilla Casserole and this Fish Tacos.

Between my undying love for my slow cooker and my new found adoration for my Instant Pot I may never use my oven again.

Chicken sandwich– Choose your favorite sandwich bread and load it up with this meat. Add toppings like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, or whatever else you prefer. Eat the bread cold, or heat it up.

Wraps– Use this meat in a buffalo chicken wrap, or with lettuce, onion, and tomato. The options are endless.

Salads– Top your favorite green salad with this meat.

Soup– Use this chicken in Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup.

Pizza– Add this chicken as a topping on your pizza or flatbread.

This slow cooker recipe is a set it and forget it recipe that has great tasting results. Whether you are cooking for you family or a crowd, anytime you can use a slow cooker to cook, the work of cooking just seems easier. Savory and tasty flavor, which makes a great sandwich.

Homemade Pickles

In the photo, you will see homemade pickles. While these were picked very, very young and canned, you don’t have to just use little pickles as a side for the pulled venison sandwich. If you want to make your own homemade pickles, here is a family favorite recipe.

Tender, Shredded Venison

Some parts of the deer can be tough and undesirable to eat. Everyone seems to love the tenderloin. Beyond that, I always hear people asking what to do with the rest of the deer. This recipe is a great way to cook up something tasty and tender with even the undesirable parts. As a bonus, there are only a few ingredients needed for this recipe. Some recipes call for a lot of different seasonings, this one is so easy with just 4 simple ingredients. This is easy cooking that results in a deliciously tender venison that can be shredded for so many uses. We made sandwiches today.

Slow Cooker Pulled Venison

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How do I serve Shredded Beef? Shredded Beef is a very versatile dish. It can be served in so many ways! You can serve it over noodles, in tacos or burritos, in salads, on sandwich buns, and more!

Is Shredded Beef a good option for Meal Prep? Yes! You can make up a batch and store it in airtight containers for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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The first thing you think of when you break out the slow cooker is probably a slew of soup recipes to enjoy on a chilly night. There are plenty ideas here to try, like Ree's chicken tortilla or broccoli cheese soups. Anyone after family-friendly meals that go beyond the casserole recipes you try over and over again, there are several dishes your kids will love too. Try the bacon mac and cheese, tater tot casserole, or deep dish pizza for kid-friendly options you can prepare in minutes. The one thing that all these recipes have in common is that you only need a few minutes of prep to whip them up. A slow cooker recipe is great for cozy Sunday dinner ideas or a weeknight meal you can set up before you leave for work. No matter what recipe works best for your family, these slow cooker recipes will make your meal prep so much easier.

How to make venison roast in the slow cooker:

  • Venison Roast &ndash Can use any deer roast I used a arm roast. See my tip on how to remove the gamey flavor.
  • Broth &ndash Beef broth or water with bouillon cubes.
  • Vegetables &ndash Mushrooms and onions
  • Cornstarch &ndash This will thicken the sauce and make a gravy
  • Beer &ndash 1 cup of your favorite beer or you can use red wine. If you don&rsquot want to use alcohol, add more broth.
  • Bacon &ndash Cooked and crumbled.
  • Butter &ndash Adding fat to venison roast recipes is a must, for it can be dry. You can use bacon drippings instead if desired.
  • Seasonings &ndash Montreal steak seasoning, no need to add salt this has plenty.

Slow Cooker Venison Burritos

My family are big-time hunters. I am always looking for tasty, healthy ways to prepare the game in my freezer. This is one of my favorite options for using up the sometimes tough round steaks – and it couldn’t be more simple! It is also great with elk and beef.

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless venison round steak
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 (12 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mexican cheese blend
  1. Place the venison steaks into the bottom of a slow cooker cover with the salsa. Discard half of the liquid from the black beans, then pour the beans into the slow cooker along with the Mexicorn.
  2. Set the slow cooker on LOW, and cook 6 to 8 hours until the venison pulls apart easily with a fork.
  3. Break up the meat into bite sized pieces, then stir in the cream cheese cubes until melted. Place a tortilla onto your work surface, then spoon some of the filling halfway between the bottom edge and the center of the tortilla. Flatten the filling into rectangle shape with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle some of the Mexican cheese blend over the filling. Fold the bottom of the tortilla snugly over the filling, then fold in the left and right edges. Roll the burrito up to the top edge, forming a tight cylinder. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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Whole30 Slow Cooker Recipes: Part Three

This four-part slow cooker series comes from Kelly Smith of The Nourishing Home. If you’d like to submit a recipe, helpful tip, testimonial, or Whole30 article for consideration, email it to [email protected] .

Kelly Smith of The Nourishing Home is a Whole30 veteran who uses slow cooking to maintain her healthy Whole30 lifestyle. She’s back in today’s Part 3 to share another simple and delicious slow cooker recipe, as well as some helpful tips for re-purposing leftovers for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Cook Once, Eat Twice (or More!)

Welcome back to our Slow Cooker Series. (Be sure to check out the first two recipes here .) Like many home chefs, the reason I’m such a huge fan of slow cooking is because it saves so much time, especially when you take the opportunity to plan leftovers.

That’s why I’m continuing the theme of c ook once, eat twice or more this week with an incredibly helpful, time-saving method for getting multiple meals on the table with less effort. It’s called batch cooking, and all it means is cooking double (or triple) of a main ingredient in just one cooking session. This simple strategy ensures you’ll enjoy not one, but two meals (or more) !

One of my favorite recipes for multiplying my cooking efforts is this melt-in-your-mouth apple cider infused pulled pork, since this recipe yields a heaping mound of meat. And once you’ve got a mountain of shredded pork to enjoy, the possibilities for quick and easy meals are virtually endless. (Check out a few of my favorite ways to enjoy it at the end of this post.)

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

One 4 to 5 pound boneless pork butt (see recipe note below)
1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple cider

Sweet Spice Rub
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

COMBINE all of the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle the rub evenly along the sides and top of the pork roast.

ADD the onion slices to the bottom of a six-quart slow cooker. Place the seasoned pork roast on top of the onions. Then, add the apple cider. (If the roast is too large, you may wish to cut it in half and place the halves side by side in the slow cooker.)

COVER and cook on high 7-8 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours, until the meat is tender enough to be easily shredded with a fork.

TURN OFF slow cooker once the roast is done. Carefully transfer the pork to a large platter and allow it to rest a few minutes.

POUR the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl. Place one cup of the liquid back into the slow cooker discard the remaining liquid and onion.

SHRED the pork using two forks. Then, return it to the slow cooker. Toss well with the reserved cooking liquid. Season to taste with additional sea salt and pepper, if desired.

SERVE the pork with your favorite Whole30-compatible coleslaw and a side of mashed sweet potatoes. (Plus, save the leftover pulled pork to make even more tasty meals, as noted below.) Enjoy!

Recipe Note: Despite its colorful name, pork butt doesn’t come from the hindquarters of a pig. It’s actually at the opposite end – the shoulder. However, it’s a different cut than pork shoulder. Although the two are often used interchangeably in recipes, pork butt comes from the thicker section of the shoulder, which contains a higher portion of fat running through the meat. This results in an incredibly moist and tender meat that falls apart when slow cooked, making it the perfect choice for pulled pork recipes.

Multiple Meals Made Easy

Re-purposing leftovers is an easy and frugal way to save time in the kitchen. Here are a few favorites for transforming leftover pork into quick and healthy meals the whole family will enjoy:

  • Pulled Pork “Sandwiches” – Serve shredded pulled pork between two sweet potato “buns” and you’ve got a tasty Whole30-friendly sandwich perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. (See this post for more Whole30 “sandwich” ideas.)
  • Pulled Pork Salad – Toss your favorite salad greens with homemade salad dressing. Then top with shredded carrot, chopped apple and leftover pulled pork. Yum!
  • Pulled Pork Breakfast Hash – For a hearty breakfast, simply sauté one large fine-diced sweet potato until softened. Toss in a handful of diced red onion and chopped bell pepper and continue to sauté until onion is translucent. Add leftover pulled pork and toss well to reheat and combine flavors. Top with fried eggs, if desired.

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Kelly Smith is the author of the popular grain-free lifestyle blog The Nourishing Home. With a passion for healthy home-style cooking, she’s on a mission to transform everyday familiar favorites into nourishing meals the whole family will love, whether they’re grain-free or not. Connect with Kelly on Facebook and Instagram.

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