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“Braised Venison Tacos”

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 pounds venison shoulder or other muscular cut
  • 1 medium white onion cut into chunks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 large cucumber seeds removed and diced
  • 6-8 radishes diced
  • 2 cups pickled julienned carrots (or another pickled vegetable available in your grocery store)
  • 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • To serve:
  • Creme fraiche to garnish
  • Lime wedges to garnish
  • Corn tortillas


  • In a large pot, add the venison, onion, bay leaves and salt and cover with water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cook partly covered for 2 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and shreds easily. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Remove the meat from the liquid with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Pull the meat apart with your hands, until it is shredded.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed when ready to serve.