Venison Recipes to Use Your Hunting Harvest From Deer Season

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Deer season has officially started in Texas, which means many will have an overabundance of venison. Yes, you can have too many venison burgers and too much chili. Instead of sticking to staples, try more unusual dishes using your deer meat. Whether you have your deer processed into venison sausage, steaks, smoked jerky or ground meat, you’ll find venison recipes for what you have.

Venison Meatloaf

Venison recipes meatloaf

Photo: Pinterest/Southern Made Simple

Venison recipes tend to overlap with many beef dishes. Both venison and beef are red meat and can, in many cases, be used interchangeably. This is what Southern Made Simple did in this meatloaf recipe. Why not change up your regular meatloaf game by swapping out deer meat for beef once or twice?

Venison Shepherd’s Pie

Venison recipes shepherd's pie

Photo: Pinterest/Miss Allie’s Kitchen

This recipe for venison shepherd’s pie from Miss Allie’s Kitchen takes a creative spin with leftovers. Use venison instead of lamb or beef, and if you have leftover mashed potatoes, you won’t need to make them from scratch. Adapt this dish based on which vegetables you have on hand or have leftover to make this an even easier meal.

Salsa Verde Enchiladas with Venison

Venison recipes salsa verde enchiladas

Photo: Pinterest/Kristy Crabtree

What Texan doesn’t like enchiladas? Why not change up your version of this Tex-Mex favorite by incorporating venison into the dish? Use this recipe from Kristy Crabtree for salsa verde enchiladas with venison. You’ll never think of venison recipes the same way again after sampling this dish.

Venison Pot Stickers

Venison recipes pot stickers

Photo: Pinterest/Grumpy’s Honeybunch

Though you may not normally think of Asian cuisines and venison at the same time, this recipe from Grumpy’s Honeybunch merges the two tastefully. For those who’ve never had one, pot stickers are also known as pan-fried dumplings. A pasta-like dough holds meat and seasonings inside, creating a tiny, semicircular snack. Instead of pan frying, you can also steam the dumplings, but you won’t get the tasty crust on the outside. Whether you make them steamed or fried, these pot stickers should be added to your collection of venison recipes.