The Best Venison Tacos

The best venison tacos

Tenderly cooked taco flavored bite-sized pieces of venison served with Mexican rice, refried beans with onions, and tortillas.

I used to make this meal using a crock-pot but one day I was in a hurry so I put the venison in a pressure cooker and it turned out great. The meat is so tender you can literally cut it with a spoon. Don’t believe me, try it!

For this recipe, I like to use the deer hams, but I have also used shoulder meat as well. Basically, this recipe would be great for any cuts of meat that aren’t already nice and tender. You definitely wouldn’t want to use a backstrap, tenderloin, or eye of round.

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The Best Venison Tacos

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 8 Tacos

Serving Size: 1 Taco

Calories per serving: 338

Fat per serving: 6 g

The Best Venison Tacos


  • 1 1/2 lbs of cubed venison
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1-1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pack of Knorr Mexican Rice Fiesta Side Dish 5.4 oz
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. butter
  • 1 can of Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans, 16 oz Can
  • 8 Mission flour tortillas (medium)


  1. Mix all of the seasoning together. Cut the venison into bite-sized pieces and cover them with the seasoning.
  2. Place the seasoned meat in a pressure cooker and cook on the meat setting for 45 minutes. DO NOT ADD WATER.
  3. While the meat is cooking, prepare the Mexican rice as instructed on the package.
  4. Chop the onion and heat a pan on medium-high heat and fry the onion until somewhat transparent and then add the refried beans, heat, and set aside.
  5. Once the meat is done remove from the pressure cooker and drain most of the liquid.
  6. Heat the tortillas and devour!

If you want to spice it up a little more you can add a dash or two more of the seasoning after you remove the meat from the pressure cooker. You can also put a little cheese on top of your venison and nuke it in the microwave for about 30 seconds–just long enough for it to melt. I like using pepper jack cheese, but cheddar cheese or fiesta cheese would be great as well.

I strangely like eating these tacos without the tortillas, which technically makes it not a taco lol. My husband folds his tortillas and eats them as a bread with the meat, rice, and beans and our sons actually make tacos with theirs. It looks like they are the only smart ones–I mean, they are called The Best venison Tacos. It’s good either way though. I could personally make a meal just out of the meat and rice myself.

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The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • The Best Venison Tacos are low in calories, fat, and extremely low in sugar. It’s also loaded with protein, fiber, and iron.
  • This meal might also be a little too high in cholesterol and sodium, especially for those of you on a special diet. 

See my tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

The Best Venison Tacos Nutrition Facts

Yields: 8 Tacos Serving Size: 1 Taco, serving of rice, serving of beans.
Calories 338  Calories from fat: 16
  % Daily Value*
 Total Fat 6 g 9%
 Saturated Fat 3 g 13%
 Monounsaturated Fat 2 g  
 Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g  
 Trans Fat 0 g  
 Cholesterol 95 mg 32%
 Sodium 890 mg 37%
 Potassium 308 mg 9%
 Total Carbohydrates 42 g 14%
 Dietary Fiber 4 g 17%
 Sugars 2 g  
 Protein 28 g  57%
 Vitamin A 7%  Vitamin C 3%
 Calcium 14%  Iron 17%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

To make this recipe more diet-friendly… 

  • To help lower the cholesterol, unfortunately, the only thing I can tell you to do is to eat less of the meat.
  • To help lower the sodium use a salt alternative for the added salt in the recipe or leave it out. Also, make your own Mexican rice this way you can control how much salt goes into the recipe and get a low sodium refried beans or make your own. You could also skip the tortillas.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Venison Tacos, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at

Bon Appétit

The best venison tacos

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