Wild Recipes

Seared Venison Tacos


Recipe contributed by Editor-in-Chief J. Townsend.

This delicious taco recipe is great with just about any cut of venison because you are cooking it hot and fast. I prefer the cast iron skillet, but cooking the meat on the grill would be equally delicious. This meal is great for a large family or parties where you want to show off your wild game cooking skills.

Yield: 8-10 tacos

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10 tortillas

2 lbs venison, cut in slices

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 limes, juiced (about 2 Tbsp)

2 Tbsp cider vinegar

2 Tbsp sugar

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin seed (if have whole, toast and then grind)

4 garlic cloves, minced (4 teaspoons)

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

½ cup finely chopped cilantro (great flavor in the stems!)



Thinly sliced purple cabbage or lettuce, salsa verde, queso fresco, and pickled purple onion



  1. Marinate the steak: Whisk to combine the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, black pepper, and cumin in a large, non-reactive bowl or baking dish. Stir in the minced garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro.
  2. Place the steak in the marinade and turn over a couple of times to coat thoroughly.
  3. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
  4. Bring a cast iron skillet to medium high heat and sear meat
  5. While cooking meat, warm the tortillas
  6. Garnish with purple slaw cilantro/lettuce, salsa verde, queso fresco, purple onion

Justin Townsend

Justin (Choctaw) is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passion for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, podcasts, print, and with recipes. He also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.

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