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How to make Tacos with Deer Meat

If you don’t know by now, I’m here to tell you again. I don’t buy any ground beef or typically any steak. My husband loves to hunt, as do my children, and so we have plenty of deer meat in our freezers, enough to last us throughout the year. I’ve met a lot of people that seem intimidated by cooking deer meat, and I always hear the comment, “It’s too gamey for me.” Whenever I hear that, I always think that they’ve probably had deer meat that wasn’t seasoned well or cooked correctly. So, I kind of feel like I’m on a path to help people out! But let’s just start with one recipe at a time. Today, let me show you how to make tacos with deer meat from scratch!

Now, hear me out. There is nothing wrong with using one of those pre-packaged taco seasoning packets, especially if you are in a pinch or in a hurry. But I want to show you how to season your meat without that help from the store. Why? Because there may come a day when you haven’t made it to the store and don’t have that little packet, but your family really wants to eat tacos and there you are feeling stranded. But not anymore! This recipe is not only delicious, but also, so easy that anyone can do it! And you probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry sitting there.

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A woman showing you how to make tacos with deer meat and she is holding the taco and smiling.

tacos with deer meat recipe:

Equipment needed:

  • Large Cast Iron Skillet

Protein needed:

  • 2 lbs. ground deer meat

Pantry Items:

  • Taco Shells or flour tortillas
  • Chips (to eat on the side with salsa)
  • Refried Beans

Fridge Items:

  • 2 cups water
  • Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Red onion (diced finely)
  • Tomatoes (chopped)
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Taco Sauce (I like Taco Bell)
  • Salsa (for your chips and tacos)

Seasonings/Spices:

  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt (I like to use Tony’s)
  • Cilantro

tacos with deer meat instructions:

  • First, brown the 2 lbs. of ground deer meat until fully cooked.
  • Second, add the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, and seasoned salt to the meat and stir really well. Let the seasonings have time to get warm and fragrant.
Woman pouring water into deer taco meat in order to show you how to make tacos with deer meat.
  • Third, add 2 cups of water to the meat and spices and mix well. Allow the taco meat to simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes to let all of the flavors come together.
  • Next, warm your taco shells or flour tortillas.
Woman holding taco shells.
  • Then, assemble your tacos by layering the following ingredients:
    • Place the refried beans onto the shell.
    • Put a spoonful of deer taco meat on top of the refried beans.
    • Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top of the taco meat.
Woman holding a deer taco with shredded cheese on top.
  • Place chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, and sour cream on top.
  • Then, pour taco sauce over the top of your assembled taco.
  • Finally, enjoy your delicious deer tacos with chips, salsa, and guacamole! (Recipes are on this page!)

deer taco meat nutritional information:

** You will need to measure your meat after it is made to see how many cups that this makes and then you can divide the total below by the number of cups that you have in order to get your serving size information. You can also weigh the meat on a scale.**

  • 2 lbs. deer meat – 1,424 cal., 197.4 grams protein, 0 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder – 27 cal., 1.5 grams protein, 6 grams carbs, .9 grams fiber, 1.8 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. onion powder – 24 cal., .6 grams protein, 5.7 grams carbs, .3 grams fiber, 2.4 grams sugar
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder – 48 cal., 1.8 grams protein, 8.2 grams carbs, 5.2 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar
  • 1 Tbs. cumin – 24 cal., .9 grams protein, 2.7 grams carbs, .6 grams fiber, .2 grams sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs. paprika – 9 cal., .5 grams protein, 1.7 grams carbs, 1.2 grams fiber, .3 grams sugar
  • GRAND TOTAL – 1,556 cal., 202.7 grams protein, 24.3 grams carbs, 8.2 grams fiber, 5.7 grams sugar
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Deer Tacos

Jessie & Seasonal, Southern Living in Spanish
Ground deer meat, perfectly seasoned with garlic, onion, cumin, chili powder and more, is cooked in a cast iron skillet until all of those delicious flavors have blended into perfection. Then, that delectable meat is layered with refreshing tomatoes, crispy lettuce, tangy sour cream, and melty cheddar cheese on a crispy shell and straight into your mouth! This recipe is easy enough that anyone can make it and will have you forgetting about those pre-packaged taco seasoning packets in an instant!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5 people

Equipment

  • Large Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. ground deer meat
  • Taco Shells or flour tortillas
  • Chips to eat on the side with salsa
  • Refried Beans
  • 2 cups water
  • Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Red onion diced finely
  • Tomatoes chopped
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Taco Sauce I like Taco Bell
  • Salsa for your chips and tacos
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt
  • Cilantro to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, brown the 2 lbs. of hamburger meat until fully cooked.
  • Second, add the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, and seasoned salt to the meat and stir really well. Let the seasonings have time to get warm and fragrant.
  • Third, add 2 cups of water to the meat and spices and mix well. Allow the taco meat to simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes to let all of the flavors come together.
  • Next, warm your taco shells or flour tortillas.
  • Then, assemble your tacos by layering the following ingredients:
  • Place the refried beans onto the shell.
  • Put a spoonful of deer taco meat on top of the refried beans.
  • Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top of the taco meat.
  • Place chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, and sour cream on top.
  • Then, pour taco sauce over the top of your assembled taco.
  • Finally, enjoy your delicious deer tacos with chips, salsa, and guacamole! (Recipes are on this page!)

Notes

** You will need to measure your meat after it is made to see how many cups that this makes and then you can divide the total below by the number of cups that you have in order to get your serving size information. You can also weigh the meat on a scale.**
  • 2 lbs. deer meat – 1,424 cal., 197.4 grams protein, 0 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder – 27 cal., 1.5 grams protein, 6 grams carbs, .9 grams fiber, 1.8 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. onion powder – 24 cal., .6 grams protein, 5.7 grams carbs, .3 grams fiber, 2.4 grams sugar
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder – 48 cal., 1.8 grams protein, 8.2 grams carbs, 5.2 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar
  • 1 Tbs. cumin – 24 cal., .9 grams protein, 2.7 grams carbs, .6 grams fiber, .2 grams sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs. paprika – 9 cal., .5 grams protein, 1.7 grams carbs, 1.2 grams fiber, .3 grams sugar
  • GRAND TOTAL – 1,556 cal., 202.7 grams protein, 24.3 grams carbs, 8.2 grams fiber, 5.7 grams sugar
 
 
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