Dutch Oven Venison Stew


Simple and versatile stew. This is the base recipe I use and add or change to whatever I have on hand.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease

  • 2 pounds venison, cut into chunks

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 pound small red potatoes, chopped

  • 4 carrots, chopped

  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms

  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Heat bacon grease in an oven-proof pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir venison in the hot grease until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer venison to a plate using a slotted spoon. Add onion to hot grease; cook and stir until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Mix garlic, tomato paste, and anchovy paste together in a small bowl; add to onions. Stir flour into onion mixture until dissolved.

  4. Pour wine, beef broth, and chicken broth into the pot; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Add thyme and bay leaves to pot and bring liquid to a simmer. Return venison to pot. Cover pot.

  5. Simmer stew in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Add potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms to stew and simmer in the oven until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour more. Add peas and stir.

Cook's Note:

Vegetable broth can be substituted for the chicken broth, if desired.

Add butter to the flour to make a roux, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
4g Fat
26g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 907mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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