Deer Tacos

Venison Tacos Recipe

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and cheap venison tacos recipe, then give this one a try! It takes about 20 minutes to cook (30 if defrosting ground venison), and is made with homemade taco seasoning. So you can use herbs from the garden (or save money at the store since taco seasoning packets cost almost as much as the meat). This recipe works well with ground beef, but also works well with gamey tasting wild game meat. The seasoning will overpower the game flavor, especially if your elk had a stressful year of finding food before harvest (like drought or fire). We hunt deer in the midwest, so our deer meat tastes more like conventional beef than the high desert or low mountain elk we used to hunt in Arizona. Either way, this will quickly become one of your favorite wild game recipes.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

The homemade taco seasoning is easy to prep, and tastes very similar to McCormick’s taco seasoning packets. I usually prep a mason jar full of it so that it is ready to use on deer tacos and my venison cheeseburger macaroni recipe. My goal is to grow and dehydrate enough from the garden this year, so that I can save some money while reducing my family’s exposure to pesticides (check out 23 Pesticide Covered Foods That You Can Easily Grow at Home). The seasoning includes chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper.

Homemade taco shells are the BEST!

If you are a fan of homemade tortillas, then check out this tortilla press (Amazon affiliate link). I haven’t tried it with corn tortillas, but it does make homemade flour tortillas easier! The flavor you get with homemade tortillas is amazing compared to store-bought taco shell, you will never go back to buying tortillas again. We normally eat soft tacos, but I imagine that popping tortillas in the air fryer for hard tacos would be delicious as well.

Cook in Cast Iron

Cooking the venison taco meat is extremely easy. I prefer to cook in a cast iron skillet (Amazon affiliate link), because it not only tastes better but prevents my family’s exposure to toxic PFOAs found in nonstick cookware (you can read more in this article). You could also make this in a slow cooker, however I prefer the taste and texture of it prepared on the stovetop. The seasoning mixture with water creates a broth for the ground meat to cook in, creating the most flavorful meat for tacos. Venison meat is such a lean meat, that you don’t need to worry about draining grease after browning. (One of the best parts about cooking with venison over beef.)

Taco Toppings

Some of my favorite toppings include homemade salsa (which is similar to pico), cheese, cilantro, guacamole, and a bit of sour cream. My husband loves refried beans on his tacos. So I make the guacamole while the meat is browning. (I will link to my guacamole recipe soon.) Most of these ingredients are store bought, but I am hoping to perfect my refried beans soon. (I have gotten very picky about refried beans since living in Arizona.) I do have an awesome homemade salsa recipe, which I will post and link to at a later date.


I hope you enjoy your taco night, and if you enjoy this recipe please rate and comment at the bottom of the page. Feel free to check out our other venison recipes including Venison Stroganoff, Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni, Venison Chili, Venison Stew, The Best Venison Burgers Recipe, or Biscuits and Venison Gravy.

Deer Tacos

Venison Tacos

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 260 kcal


1 Cast Iron Skillet


  • 2 lbs ground venison
  • 10 taco shells

Taco Seasoning

  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1⅓ tsp salt
  • 1⅓ tsp black pepper
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp onion powder
  • tsp dried oregano (dried cilantro also works well)
  • tsp paprika
  • tsp crushed red pepper flakes ((more or less for spiciness))

Suggested Toppings

  • guacamole
  • sour cream
  • salsa or pico
  • cheese
  • refried beans


  • Brown 2 lbs ground venison
    2 lbs ground venison
  • While meat is cooking (and/or defrosting), prep toppings like guacamole, salsa, etc
    guacamole, salsa or pico, refried beans
  • After venison is cooked, add taco seasoning and 2/3 cup of water. Stir to make a broth to flavor the meat.
    4 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp cumin, 1⅓ tsp salt, 1⅓ tsp black pepper, ⅔ tsp garlic powder, ⅔ tsp onion powder, ⅔ tsp dried oregano, ⅔ tsp paprika, ⅓ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • Cook until broth is dry, stirring frequently as it dries (to prevent burning and sticking).
  • Warm tortillas on another cast iron skillet (even store bought tortillas taste better warmed up)
    10 taco shells
  • Add desired toppings, and enjoy!
    guacamole, sour cream, salsa or pico, cheese, refried beans
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please comment and rate at the bottom of the page. Thank you!


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Venison Tacos
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Deer, Tacos, Venison
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