We’re big fans of Mexican food at my house and since I have a freezer full of deer meat, I came up with a quick and easy recipe for deer tacos. And since I can be seriously lazy in the kitchen, all the magic happens in a crockpot so I’m not slaving over a hot stove.
Now listen up and listen up good.
-If you don’t have venison you can use beef. I’ve done it thousands of times. (Slight exaggeration there.) A chuck roast will do nicely. Or a cheaper cut of steak. Just change the name to beef tacos and don’t worry your pretty little head about it, okay?
-The seasonings are completely adjustable. Do what you like. Like what you do. That’s what I always say.
-There is no need to add any liquid to the meat in the crockpot. The venison gives off enough juice to baste in while it cooks. I wouldn’t put the crockpot on high and go spend the day at the mall, though. The juice will eventually evaporate out. I speak from experience.
-I like cilantro. Do you like cilantro? I just don’t understand the people who say cilantro tastes like soap. I don’t get that at all. To me, it’s not a taco unless it has cilantro on it.
-The sauce can be processed in a food processor which is how I prefer to do it, but my mini food processor bit the dust the other day and I had to throw it away. Note to self: spend more than $8.00 on a mini food processor next time. Also, I put my sauce in a squeeze bottle to make taco assembly move a little faster.
-I strongly recommend squeezing a wedge of lime juice onto your taco. In fact, I demand that you do.
- I prefer corn tortillas for a more authentic flavor, but they can tear easily, so I usually use two corn tortillas per taco and double wrap them.
Venison Tacos with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce
Fill tortillas (use two tortillas if using corn to prevent tearing) with meat, then add cheese and sauce. Top with chopped red onion and chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing.
Think small when you’re cutting up your deer meat. It will shrink quite a bit during the cooking process, but it needs to fit nicely in a tortilla.
Sprinkle the seasonings over the meat, then give it a stir. Easy.