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ground venison tacos on a blue and white plate

The BEST Ground Venison Tacos

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This is the best, simple and from-scratch recipe for ground venison tacos. Simple to make and no packets of seasoning from the store needed!


  • 1 Tbsp. olive or avocado oil 
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 1 lb. ground venison* 
  • 45 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 orange, juiced 
  • 1 lime, juiced 
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Begin by heating a large pan over medium heat on the stove. Add the oil to the pan and when the oil is hot, add the onion and saute until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. 
  2. Then, add the ground venison and cook until browned, about 6-8 minutes. 
  3. Next, add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for an 2 additional minutes before deglazing the pan with the orange juice, lime juice and apple cider vinegar. 
  4. Then, add the water and turn the heat to medium-low. Allow the meat to simmer for 5-10 minutes until the desired texture and moisture level are reached. 
  5. Serve in taco shells, lettuce wraps, burritos, quesadillas, nachos – however you like!


  • This recipe will work with elk, beef, antelope, moose, bison, lamb – really any red meat. 
  • If you’re thawing venison from frozen, try thawing it on a paper towel or drying it with a paper down and discarding old blood before cooking. This helps the meat to taste fresh and not “gamey”. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican American

Keywords: venison, wild game, deer meat, tacos, ground meat, ground venison, mexican

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