Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew Recipe.

Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew is the best way to cook up small venison roasts you have in the freezer.

This crock-pot venison stew is easy to set up in the morning before you leave for work – or even the night before!

Add vegetables to your slow cooker venison stew

What I like about this slow cooker venison recipe is that you can get creative with your vegetables.

I always use potatoes, but you can add as many raw vegetables as you have room for in your Crock-Pot, like:

● Carrots (you can use baby carrots instead)

● Onions (red or yellow)

● Mushrooms

● Turnips

● Sweet potatoes

● Celery

Make sure all raw vegetables are washed, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces in your crock-pot venison stew.

I like to cook potatoes and sweet potatoes whole so they don’t get mushy.

Then I cut them into pieces with a serving spoon when I thicken the venison stew.

Venison stew with vegetables cooked in a slow cooker stirred with a wooden spoon.

Crock-pot venison stew time savers

Frozen vegetables:

If you don’t have time to peel and chop vegetables for your slow cooker venison recipe, add frozen vegetables after you thicken the venison stew.

Using frozen veggies is super convenient, too, since they’re already washed, chopped, and prepared.

Just wait 10-15 so that the vegetables are completely heated through before serving.

Some frozen veggies to try in your venison stew recipe are frozen corn, broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans.

Or try a couple of packets of frozen vegetable soup mix!


Don’t forget to use slow cooker liners for easy cleanup. I love not having to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it in the morning.

With liners, I just rinse my slow cooker crock. EASY!

Using a French onion soup mix in your slow cooker venison

Which onion soup mix?

To make this crock-pot venison recipe convenient and easy, you can use couple of packets of French onion soup mix to season your stew.

However, the challenge is to find a healthy substitute for store-bought French onion soup mix.

Many commercial mixes contain wheat, which isn’t safe for people who are gluten free.

Some brands contain disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate, which are similar to MSG.

Other brands of French onion soup mix contain sulfites, soy or milk products, which can cause allergic reactions as well. Eek!

Make homemade onion soup mix instead

Instead, you may want to make up a batch of homemade French Onion soup mix for this venison crock-pot recipe.

One of my favorite make-it-yourself French onion soup mixes comes from Wellness Mama – French Onion Soup Mix.

It’s gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free. It also has no MSG or corn starch.

Close up of a bowl and spoon of Slow Cooker Venison Stew.

More easy slow cooker and crock-pot recipes

Love making slow cooker recipes? Here are more to try:

● Got more venison? Then try this delicious Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew.

Slow Cooker Poached Pears are a delicious, dairy free dessert.

● Zesty Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs makes a terrific weeknight dinner.

● These Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders are fun for parties.

Crock-Pot Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Potatoes is true one pot cooking. The sweet potatoes cook in the slow cooker along with the ribs.

● If you love Mexican food, you’ll love this Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe.


Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew Recipe

This easy slow cooker venison recipe is seasoned with French onion soup mix. Add potatoes and vegetables to this crock-pot venison stew.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 4 1-pound venison roasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 packets French onion soup mix or 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of a homemade onion soup mix
  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and left whole
  • Additional vegetables (raw and/or frozen)
  • Enough vegetable broth to cover
  • 3 tablespoons corn or rice starch
  • Prepared horseradish for serving


  1. Season the roasts on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Brown the roasts on all sides, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place roasts in a slow cooker.
  5. Place potatoes and vegetables on top of the roasts. Then sprinkle French onion soup mix over the vegetable.
  6. Fill a slow cooker with enough broth to cover the roasts.
  7. Cook for 8-10 hours on low or 4-6 on high.

To serve:

  1. Turn off the slow cooker. (Or use the warm setting if your slow cooker has one.)
  2. Remove roast from the slow cooker. Cut roast into bite-sized pieces and place back into the slow cooker to keep warm until serving.
  3. Place corn or rice starch in a small bowl. Mix with 1/2 cup of broth from the crock. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Add starch and broth mix to slow cooker. Stir until thickened.
  5. Add any additional frozen vegetables if desired. Turn off the slow cooker before serving.
  6. Serve slow cooker venison stew with prepared horseradish. Put a dollop of horseradish on your plate and dip your meat in the horseradish. Remember that it’s strong stuff and will go straight to your sinuses if you use too much!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 717Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 3539mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 9gSugar: 8gProtein: 44g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published on March 1, 2010. Updated with new pictures and information.

Photo credit: Adobe Stock.

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