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Venison Stew

I had no choice but to learn to cook some years ago while my wife recuperated from surgery. But I found I really enjoyed trying different recipes and adapting them to my own taste—that's how my now-famous venison stew recipe came to be! —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds venison stew meat
  • 3 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 7 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Browning sauce, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Brown meat on all sides. Remove from pan. Add onions to the same pan; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Add water, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper. Return meat to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Add potatoes and carrots. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender, 30-45 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. In a small bowl, mix flour and cold water until smooth; stir into Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. If desired, stir in browning sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 271 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 791mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • S
    Feb 13, 2021

    FABULOUS!!! I added some peas at the end to give it nice color! It was delicious!! Thank you.

  • katecrid47
    Nov 11, 2019

    This was outstanding! My family loves Venison and I'm so happy to find a new recipe to make. Thanks for sharing!

  • emellia
    Oct 15, 2017

    made this today....really lovely thank you!!! just a few additions only because the greek in me wanted to!!! other than that I will be making this again!! thanks!

  • Ray
    Sep 22, 2017

    very good !! I added 2 cut up apple s , celery only half the onion that it requires because of other reviews , didn't mind. Will be using this one a lot. Thanks.

  • Gardenann
    Jun 19, 2017

    I love this recipe! I have been making it since it came out! I clipped it and filed it because it is so good. Very little changes now and then.

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  • Hpab161
    Mar 16, 2016

    Delicious. I have made this several times and have been delighted.

  • juicyfruit007
    Dec 22, 2015

    This was good! I accidentally doubled the pepper and it was still good. I did add maybe 3/4 cup wine and extra water to cover the potatoes when those were added. Will make again though. Oh, and I cut the onion to just one because I don't like loads of cooked onion in a dish.

  • Will-O-Gisp
    Jun 5, 2015

    So I made this recipe last night, I had an issue with all f the liquid evaporating and had to add beef broth. Also I added corn and celery into the mix, the flavors were amazing. Definitely going to use this recipe again! Oh and my husband loved it!

  • dvierzen
    Oct 15, 2014

    My husband's review was "This is a manly stew!" We both enjoyed this. Like other reviewers, though, I added beef broth because otherwise there wasn't enough liquid.