This slow cooker venison stew is everything you / I / all of us need.
Filling, warming, comforting, super easy and tasty.
It is hearty and loaded with all the good stuff – even though there are only 7 ingredients. Yes only 7. But they are 7 good stuff ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry. And it is very customisable to so you can play around with the recipe to your taste.
For example, you can add a bit more vegetable stock if you want to make it more soupy, you can swap the venison for some beef and the carrots for some pumpkin or squash to get a more autumn vibe. Of course, the beauty of 7 ingredients is that it is simple and less to do, but you can add in a few more veggies you prefer too. Your stew, your rules.
The other day, I had both girls home sick from school. We decided to spend the day cuddled up in bed and get down to some serious girl talk. Amongst all the hugs, snuffles, hot water bottles and a million and one unicorns, I got to hear about best friends old and new, the BEST playground games, their favourite subjects (science, art and going to the ‘compinter sweep’ aka computer suite), birthday party dreams (6 months away and involves unicorns), and favourite teachers and cousins.
Then we watched a couple of movie during which they reiterated to me that their current favourite meals were Pierniczki świąteczne (polish Christmas cookies), low carb granola and my slow cooker jerk chicken stew, so if I would mind making all of these later that evening. 🙂
It was one of the best 8 hours of my life, I wanted to stay right there the entire day and could have stayed for the rest of the week, if I could have put real life on hold. It was with great reluctance that I got out of bed to put something on for supper. And I decided that I wanted a quick easy treat so enter this slow cooker venison stew, which meant I was back up in with them in less than 20 mins.
How to make this 7-ingredient slow cooker venison stew
So you need
Chopped tomatoes with herbs
Essentially you quickly brown the meat in batches and sauté the onions for another few. Then pretty much dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker and that is it. To be honest you can skip the browning and the sautéing steps too and just add everything straight in. But peeps, I really must tell you that the browning really adds a richer depth of flavour to this venison stew so if you have time, you should try and do it.
Optional extras you can add to the stew include bay leaves, chilli and spices like juniper and caraway seeds. My motto for this is ‘to just add things that you like’.
Another thing about making your life easy is the type of slow cooker that you have. In fact, I tend to use my well-loved Multicooker Redmond, which is definitely way more than just a slow cooker. This multi cooking gadget bakes, makes porridge, fries, boils, steams, makes yoghurt and like a gazillion other things too. So, you can both fry the meat and onions and slow cook the venison stew in it. Please do pop over to their website and check them out if you don’t already have one (Christmas gift alert……).
Can I say that this 7 ingredient slow cooker venison stew rocks when you serve it warm from the slow cooker with a big old drizzle of chilli oil and some fresh herbs? And if you want to make it more filling then serve it with some hot out of the oven crusty bread to mop up all that juiciness. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just drop everything and try it yourself.
Here is how to make this 7 ingredient slow cooker venison stew. Please do try it and if you do make it, then please do tag #recipesfromapantry on Instagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really, really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes. You can also share it on my Facebook page.
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- 450 g (1lb) venison cut into 1cm cubes
- 2 onions peeled and finely diced
- 400 g (14oz) tin of chopped tomatoes with herbs
- 450 g (1lb) carrots, cut into small cubes
- 120 g (4oz) chorizo, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 300 ml hot beef stock
- Optional bay leaves chilli, olive oil
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat and brown the venison in batches for 3-4 mins until done. Add the browned venison into the bowl of the Multicooker Redmond slow cooker. (You can skip this step and add the venison straight into the slow cooker).
- Add the onion to the pan and sautée for about 5 mins till softened. Then transfer the cooked onion to bowl of the Multicooker Redmond slow cooker. (You can skip this step and just put the onion into the slow cooker).
- Add the tomatoes, carrots, chorizo, garlic and hot beef stock into the slow cooking bowl, mix well, cover and cook on high heat for 3-4 hours (or low heat for 7-8 hrs if your slow cooker permits).
- Season well before serving.
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