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Venison Stew Recipe for Cold Winter Days

If you’re looking for a hearty meal on a cold fall or winter day, this venison stew recipe really hits the spot! It’s chock full of venison, potatoes, carrots and more to fill you up when you’ve worked up a big appetite. And if you don’t have any venison on hand, you can easily substitute some stew beef instead! 

Hearty Venison Stew Recipe

My husband plans to hunt during his upcoming vacation, so I knew I needed to use up some of the venison in our freezer. While I’m not usually a fan of venison dishes with a gamey taste, this thick and hearty stew is packed with flavor and tastes pretty much like a beef stew. It’s perfect for a cold, blustery day–don’t forget the cornbread!

Note: The pictures on this post have been updated. So if you came to this recipe from a terrible picture of stew in an aqua colored bowl, you’re in the right place. 🙂 Same yummy recipe… better pictures.

venison stew in a white bowl

Venison Stew

This hearty venison stew will satisfy hungry appetites on cold, blustery days!
5 from 1 vote


  • 2 lbs venison cubed
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic whole
  • 1 med onion sliced
  • 2 med onions chopped roughly (large pieces)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 dash ground cloves
  • 6 carrots chopped (large pieces)
  • 4-5 potatoes quartered
  • cups hot water
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • In a Dutch oven, brown venison in 2 tbsp olive oil, turning often.
  • Add 2 cups hot water, the Worcestershire sauce, garlic, one sliced onion, bay leaves, salt, sugar, paprika, pepper and cloves. Cover and simmer for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaves and garlic. Add potatoes, carrots and two chopped onions. Add one or two more cups of hot water to almost cover the vegetables. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Remove 1¾ cups of liquid (stock) from the venison and vegetables. In a separate cup, combine ¼ cup hot water and 2 tbsp flour until smooth. Mix flour-water mixture into the stock, and return stock to the meat and vegetables. Cook until thick and bubbly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


You may taste the flour from the slurry if you do not let the stew simmer long enough after returning the stock to the pan. Let it simmer at least 10 minutes, longer if needed to get rid of the flour taste.
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This recipe was adapted from “Jonathan’s Favorite Old-Time Beef Stew” in the Favorite Recipes book by the Pocahontas Conference WHFMS.


For more of our favorite soups and stews, check out these posts:

Hearty Baked Potato Soup

Hearty Baked Potato Soup

Low Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Kristi Corrigan

Sunday 16th of November 2014

I use venison in all my dishes that require ground beef! So amazing and I never get the gamey taste. Try using ground venison in your tacos, spaghetti and anything else that requires beef.

Donella Crigger

Sunday 16th of November 2014

That's interesting. The ground meat is where I usually think I detect the gamey taste, but my mother-in-law says I just need to soak the meat first. She makes spaghetti with venison--it's tasty. Never thought of tacos, though. Thanks for the tip!