Venison Stew Recipe
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Venison Stew Recipe

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I had no choice but to lean 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 stew recipe came to be! —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.
MAKES: 8-10 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
  • Bottled browning sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 271 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 791 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Brown meat. Add onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper and water. Simmer, covered, 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Add potatoes and carrots. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender, about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Mix flour and cold water; stir into stew. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add browning sauce if desired. Remove bay leaf. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Venison Stew in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p29

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"This is awesome. My husband and I get various Venison Meats from Family at different times, and we have tried different recipes this was so good the venison melted in our mouth it was very good"

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