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CrockPot Venison Stew Recipe with Instant Pot Instructions

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CrockPot Venison Stew is a delicious high fiber, low fat, gluten free soup made from home canned, fresh or frozen venison game meat.

Venison Stew
Venison stew made with fresh venison is an excellent healthy meal the whole family will enjoy.

This tasty stew is chock full of good for you venison and veggies in a seasoned broth sure to delight your family.

My husband, Dave, and I went to visit my sister Susie in WestPort  and came home with a pint jar of home canned venison. “Make something with it and put it on the blog”, she told me. So I made this stew!

In Susie’s circles many local hunters bring home venison. They have a huge work party of friends and family to help dress out the deer. Then they can the meat in a community pressure canning party.

CrockPot Venison Stew
CrockPot Venison Stew with Susie’s gift of canned meat.

Everyone who helps goes home with some of the canned meat. Susie gave us this treat and we didn’t have to dress a deer.

So I’m following her instructions and making a delicious, healthy meal from her gift to share with you.

More Game Meat Recipes

If you have access to either Pheasant or Moose meat these are both excellent recipes you must try.

Venison Recipes are Healthy:

  1. Venison is a very lean meat. According to SFGate. Venison contains 3 grams of total fat and only 1 of those grams is saturated.
  2. For comparison, Beef has more than three times as much cholesterol per serving than venison. Venison is also lower in calories than beef.
  3. Fat accounts for only 9 calories per gram of venison.
  4. Venison is also slightly higher in Iron than beef.”Finally, venison is delicious!

Crockpot Venison Stew with Canned Venison:

Homem canned venison
Home canned venison is so good for you!

You know how much I love the crockPot. Making easy meals in the slow cooker is a great fit for my busy life.

I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that I put this pint jar of heart healthy canned venison into my crock pot and built a lovely stew around it.

CrockPot Venison Stew
CrockPot Venison Stew with canned venison

Crockpot Venison Stew Recipe:

We have all the instructions for this simple dinner in the printable recipe card below. You can make it in your crockpot or use your electric pressure canner.

NEW! Instant pot instructions:

Make your venison crockpot recipe into an instant pot stew with these instructions:

Ingredients for venison stew sitting on a counter with the instant pot
Ingredients for Making venison stew in your pressure cooker or slow cooker. Not pictured is the worcestershire sauce. Don’t forget it!
  1. Cut all the vegetables into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Add all the ingredients into the instant pot.
  3. Break up the canned meat into small chunks as you stir the pot to distribute the seasonings.
  4. Cover and set the instant pot to slow cooker high heat for four hours to or on low setting for 8 hours.
  5. Or use the meat stew function and natural release the valve. This is a much quicker method than slow cooking.
  6. If using fresh venison brown the meat on the saute function before continuing with the recipe. Be careful not to burn the venison. Use a lower saute heat for this low fat meat. You need some oil with the venison for browning.
  7. At serving, taste and add vinegar to taste (start with 2 Tablespoons)
  8. Garnish with sour cream, more fresh oregano or sage leaves and vinegar
Venison stew recipe
Venison stew with fresh tender venison is ready to eat.

For raw meat:

When making Stew with venison meat keep in mind this is a very lean meat. If you are using fresh or frozen rather than canned venison add oil to your pot when browning the meat and watch it so it doesn’t burn.

Here is your visual walkthrough for this recipe. I’m sorry I forgot to add the step about adding in the canned goods, water and seasonings to build the broth.

The Steps:

  • Set the instant pot to saute on medium heat.
  • Add the oil and the raw meat cubes or canned meat.
  • Season the meat with Montreal steak seasonings.
  • Brown the venison stew meat cubes. Add more oil as necessary to prevent burning.
  • Turn the meat often and make sure it is browned on all sides.
  • Deglaze the pan with a small amount of liquid. This adds more flavor to the soup.
  • Turn off sautè function.
  • Add in all the of canned goods, remaining seasonings and bay leaf, water and chopped vegetables.
  • Set the pot to your meat/stew function (High heat for 20 minutes on manual mode). Lock the lid and vent.
  • When the pot dings it is done cooking but still under pressure. Let it natural release to ensure your meat tenderizes as it rests.

Instant Pot settings:

You can cook your venison stew in your electric pressure cooker in several ways.

Venison Stew in a white bowl.
Venison stew is an excellent healthy meal the whole family will enjoy.

Slow cooker setting:

Set the pressure to HIGH on the slow cooker function and set the time to at least 4 to 6 hours.

The instant pot slow cooker function is different from a conventional slow cooker. If you find the meat still needs tenderizing when the slow cooker function is done. Set the pot to manual high heat for 10 minutes to finish the stew. Quick release and serve.

Meat/ Stew Function:

  • For a faster meal use the meat/stew function. This takes only 20 minutes once the pressure is built. Natural release to additionally tenderize the meat.
  • You can make this stew on manual high pressure for 20 minutes with a natural release.

The warm function will automatically begin when the function you choose ends. You can be gone as long as you need and your stew will be ready when you are.

Garnish Idea:

Both organic apple cider vinegar and sour cream add a little extra flavor zip as a garnish. This stew is great alone but if you have either of these condiments handy try this.

Top your stew with a teaspoon or so of vinegar and a Tablespoon full dollop of sour cream to melt into your bowl of stew, for a whole new dimension of flavor.

Don’t add these extras into the crock pot. These are for individual servings, to taste, at serving. Some may enjoy the result more than others.

We love the flavor enhancement a little vinegar and sour cream give. Enjoy! I’d love to hear how you made this venison stew.

Printable Recipe Card:

Venison Stew
Yield: 8 servings

CROCKPOT VENISON STEW

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

CrockPot Venison Stew is a delicious high fiber, low fat, gluten free soup made from home canned, fresh or frozen game meat. This tasty stew is chock full of good for you venison and veggies in a seasoned broth sure to delight your family.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint canned venison (or 1 lb. fresh venison meat-cubes)
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic-minced
  • 1-15 oz. can garbanzo beans-undrained
  • 1-15 oz, can red kidney beans (OR black beans)-undrained
  • 1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 4 Cups water ( i fill the cans halfway with water and pour it into the soup for more flavor)
  • 2 Tablespoons beef flavoring
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce, to taste
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried sage

Tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 Tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Cut all the vegetables into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Add all the ingredients into the crockpot. Break up the meat into small chunks as you stir the pot to distribute the seasonings.
  3. Cover and set the crockpot on high for four hours or low setting for 8 hours.
  4. At serving, taste and add vinegar to taste (start with 2 Tablespoons)
  5. garnish with sour cream, more fresh oregano or sage leaves and vinegar

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Add avocado oil to your instant pot and turn on the sautè function.
  2. Set your venison stew meat in the instant pot and season it with Montreal steak seasoning.
  3. Brown the venison stew meat cubes in the instant pot on saute setting turning occasionally to brown all sides of the meat. Add oil as necessary to prevent burning.
  4. Deglaze (add water and stir it until the stuck on bits are mixed in with the meat) the pan with a small amount of liquid. This adds more flavor to the soup.
  5. Add in all the of canned goods, remaining seasonings and bay leaf, water and chopped vegetables.
  6. Cook on meat/stew function for 20 minutes. Natural release to make sure the meat has a chance to tenderize and rest. OR use the slow cooker function on HIGH heat for 4 to 6 hours.

Notes

You may set your crockpot on low setting for 8 hours if you need extra time. This recipe assumes you have canned meat.

If your venison is raw:

brown it beforehand on medium heat with oil (avocado oil works well for this). Watch while it browns and turn the meat often. Venison has little fat so burns easily. Set your crockpot on high heat for raw meat.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 302Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 45mgSodium 464mgCarbohydrates 42gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 8gSugar 5gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 26g

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Susie Q

Monday 26th of October 2020

I made this tonight using a pork roast (that I found in my freezer) and it's far better tasting than I remembered. The flavor is so amazing. I used my pressure cooker. Thanks again!

Diane

Monday 26th of October 2020

Hi Susie, Hey that's great! Thanks for sharing how you made this stew work for you. Have a wonderful day. :)

Pamela J Neumann

Sunday 19th of April 2020

I just made this. It is very good. I will make it again. I have 6 pints of canned venison in my pantry and have trouble finding recipes we like for it.. I would suggest you add one note, it was really good with homemade wholewheat bread or beer bread would be great if you don't have time for yeast breads.

Diane

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Pamela, What a great suggestions to serve it with a yummy loaf of warm homemade bread. This is one of our favorite stews. I'm so happy it worked out for you.

This recipe is pretty versatile so let us know if you try it different ways. It's alway fun to know how others use our recipes.

Shannon

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hi! I want to make this tonight but I am confused. The picture shows tomato sauce and Montreal steak seasoning and black beans. Which all look great but they are not on the recipe. Did you use these items? The recipe sounds amazing I am just curious if I should add them.

Diane

Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hi Shannon, We did use those ingredients when we made this recipe for the instant pot. They are really great additions and I will add them into the recipe. Thanks for pointing out the inconsistency. We recently added the instant pot instructions with the video. I missed those details.please let us know how this recipe turns out for you and have a great day. :)

Lorraine

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

I’m making this for dinner tonight! My friend’s hubby is a hunting and fishing guy and we are blessed to reap some of the benefits from that! Our deep freezer gets filled with venison steaks, ground venison and homemade sausage they make from the deer and hogs he brings home. I am using raw venison steaks for this meal and I’m so excited about it! Thanks for sharing!

Diane

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

Hi lorraine, Thank you! Please let us know how your dinner turns out. I would suggest you sear the steak meat before using to perfect the texture and flavor of the meat. I was using canned venison so that step was unnecessary for me. Raw meat needs browning for the best result in my opinion. Have a great day!

Susie

Monday 11th of December 2017

This is SO ironic - I have 12 chicken thighs and popped onto your site for a good recipe. And was excited to see this one from the search menu. LOL!

I'm using the recipe for my chicken and am excited to try it with your seasonsings.

I love your site, sis! ? ? ?

Diane

Monday 11th of December 2017

Lol. Thanks Susie. Enjoy!

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