Crockpot Venison Stew is slow cooked to perfection in a dark rich broth full of venison, potatoes, and tenderizing brown ale! Draw your family to the table with the beautiful aroma of venison stew hitting their nose and making mouths water! This Crockpot Venison Stew is best served with some homemade crusty bread to sop up all the tasty broth in the bottom of your bowl!
Note: If you don’t have venison handy or you don’t care for it, you can easily substitute beef stew meat in place of the venison.
Hunting Season is Grumpy’s Time of Year!
It is that time of year again. The time when some women say they are Hunter’s Widows. The time when men like Grumpy who live and breathe to hunt – are gone every weekend and some weeknights. Lost to the woods. If your husband is a hunter like mine, he loves to go to the woods to watch the day come to life and with high hopes of seeing that “killer buck” that he wants to bring home!
I don’t consider being a hunter’s widow a bad thing! As a matter of fact, last weekend, I’m not sure who was more upset it was raining. Grumpy or myself.
He was moody and miserable because the weather stunk and he finally decided “someone” had it out for him. I was rather thinking “someone” had it out for me. After all, I wanted him out of the house so I could do “my” thing. Going to the movies during hunting season is one of my favorite things I do by myself. I love my hunter’s widow time!
Welcome the fall with Crockpot Venison Stew!
To give him a full welcome into the season, I used our last package of venison stew meat and made him a Venison Stew recipe that I slightly adapted from Cooking Light. My opinion was it turned out awesome! I had never made a stew with beer before. It had great flavor and made the house smell awesome not to mention I could actually taste the beer in the broth.
Some people don’t care for venison, they say it has a gamey taste. Grumpy tells me this happens when the buck is taken during the rut. As a child, I didn’t care for venison for that very reason. However, I don’t really notice it in the venison Grumpy brings home.
It could be my taste buds have changed, or, it could be because Grumpy is picky about what he takes out of the woods. In any case, if you don’t care for venison can easily just substitute stew beef. It will be delicious either way.
I liked this slow cooker venison stew recipe so much that it will likely become my go-to when I want to have a hearty fall meal!
While the original recipe called for fresh herbs, I didn’t have any of them on hand except for the thyme, so I went with dried herbs and gave you the measurements I used.
This Venison Stew is best served with some crusty bread on the side. The bread will soak up all those yummy juices at the bottom of your bowl. I promise you will love it!
- 2 cups Yukon gold or red potato peeled and cubed
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms quartered
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1 cup celery sliced
- 1 cup carrot sliced
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1-1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 3/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 1 lb venison tenderloin (or stew meat) cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1 cup brown ale
- 1 14-oz can less-sodium beef broth
- Layer first 14 ingredients in an electric crockpot.
- Combine flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish; dredge venison in flour mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add venison. Cook 4 minutes or until browned on all sides, turning frequently. Add venison to crockpot.
- Pour beer and broth over venison. Cover and cook on low 7 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaf.
- Stew can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months; add a little more water or beer when reheating.
Fat 5g, Protein 28g, Fiber 3 g, Carbohydrates 25g.
Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs
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Serving Size:1/6th of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279 Total Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 3g Protein: 28g