Our Venison Carnitas recipe is a simple and mouthwatering way to use up those venison roasts stashed away in your freezer. This recipe is incredibly easy and yields tender, crispy meat bursting with bold flavors and a hint of spice. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also versatile, allowing you to whip up other tasty dishes like Venison Quesadillas and Tamales using the leftovers.
Hunting Season in the Midwest
Living in Wisconsin, we’re fortunate to have an abundance of white-tailed deer, making hunting season a highly anticipated event for families in the Midwest. It’s marked on our calendars, filled with traditions, delicious meals shared among loved ones, and endless hunting stories. The camaraderie and the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends during this time of year is truly special. And, of course, every day ends with a well-deserved ice-cold beer.
Not Just Another Gamey Dish
For those hesitant about trying venison, fear not. Our Venison Carnitas recipe is not “gamey” at all. In fact, it tastes like a tender steak! Even my kids refer to it as “steak tacos.”
- 2 1/2 -3 Lb. Venison Roast
- 4 cups Beef Broth
- 1 Yellow Onion, chunked
- 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 Oranges zested and juiced or 6 mandarines, sliced
- 2 Jalapeños, de-seeded and diced
- 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Salt
- 2 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin
- In a small bowl, combine all the spices and rub them onto the skin of the Venison Roast.
- Place the seasoned Venison Roast in the bottom of the Crockpot and pour in the Beef Broth.
- Add the sliced jalapeños, oranges, onion, and minced garlic on top of the roast. Cover with the lid.
- Slow cook on Low for 8-9 hours or High for 6 hours until the Venison easily shreds.
- Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred the meat using forks.
Browning and Finishing:
- Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a separate pan.
- Place some of the shredded Venison meat along with a tablespoon of the juices from the slow cooker into the pan.
- Fry the meat, turning occasionally, until it’s browned and crispy. Be careful not to overcook! This step adds a crispy texture to the meat.
Serve your delicious Venison Carnitas in warmed corn or flour tortillas. Add cojita cheese, fresh salsa, chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, and pickled red onions or cabbage for extra flavor. If you prefer a healthier option, skip the tortilla and turn it into a burrito bowl.
The Perfect Leftover Dish: Venison Quesadillas
What could be better than Crockpot Venison Carnitas? How about turning the leftovers into mouthwatering Venison Quesadillas the next day? Serve them with a side of Spicy Onion Dip for an extra kick.
If you enjoyed this recipe, we also have a delicious Pork Carnitas recipe for you to try in the Instant Pot.
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