Mexican-Spiced Venison Carnitas Recipe

Mexican-Spiced Venison Carnitas Recipe
This venison carnitas recipe is made from braised venison shoulder. (Robert Sweeney photo)

From the street carts of Mexico City to your hands – you're going to love every bite of this venison carnitas recipe!

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 6-7 hours

Braised Venison Shoulder Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dry oregano leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaf
  • 3 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 (3-4 pound) bone-in venison shoulder roasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into eighths
  • 2 serrano chili peppers
  • 1 fresh lime, skin removed and cut into quarters
  • Zest of one fresh orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves
  • 3 bacon slices
  • 4 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Garnish Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cups Queso fresco, grated on a box grater
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups medium diced Roma tomatoes
  • 2 cups fresh lettuce or cabbage, finely shredded
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

Directions:


  1. Preheat a large sauté pan to medium heat. Meanwhile, combine the cloves, cumin, oregano, thyme, coriander, salt and pepper into a small bowl and mix.

  2. Season the venison roast with the seasoning blend; coating the entire roast evenly. Add vegetable oil a hot pan and heat until the oil is shimmering. Once ready, place the venison roast into the hot pan and brown on all sides. This should take about 3-4 minutes per side. Once the roast is fully browned, remove it and place it into the slow cooker.

  3. mexican spiced venison carnitas recipe
    Brown the venison shoulder on all sides before adding it to the slow cooker. (Robert Sweeney photo)

  4. Place the serrano peppers and onion into the hot pan and cook until the serrano peppers start to blister and the onions start to soften. Add the serrano peppers and onions to the slow cooker along with orange zest, lime pieces and garlic.

  5. Lay the 3 slices of bacon over top of the venison roast. Cover the slow cooker and set it to medium heat. Cook the venison roast for 6-7 hours or until a fork inserted into the roast twists and easily shreds the meat.

  6. mexican spiced venison carnitas recipe bacon
    Lay a few slices of bacon on top of the venison roast prior to slow cooking. (Robert Sweeney photo)

  7. Remove the venison roast from the slow cooker and set aside to rest. Discard the lime pieces.

  8. Remove the bacon and serrano peppers from the slow cooker. Chop the bacon and serrano peppers into a fine dice and add them back into the slow cooker. Using two large forks, shred the venison roast, removing any large pieces of fat. Add the shredded venison back into the slow cooker and season to taste with salt and pepper and any of the remaining seasoning blend. The venison will hold in the slow cooker on a warm setting for 4 hours.

  9. Assemble the carnitas by placing a forkful of venison meat into the tortilla and top it with lettuce/cabbage, onion, tomato, cilantro, sour cream, queso fresco and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Recommended for You

Check out our roundup of the best new release aids from the 2019 ATA Show! ATA Show

6 New Archery Release Aids to Consider for 2019

Colton Bailey - January 11, 2019

Check out our roundup of the best new release aids from the 2019 ATA Show!

Sweet, smoky and spicy - this is my the best combination for jerky! Recipes

Sweet & Smoky Venison Jerky Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Sweet, smoky and spicy - this is my the best combination for jerky!

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Texas Hog and Whitetail Hunt

Texas Hog and Whitetail Hunt

Bowhunter TV Editor Derek Mleynek sets up for some hog and whitetail hunting at Canyon Ranch in Texas.

Elk Bulls Abound in Colorado

Elk Bulls Abound in Colorado

Bowhunter team member Rudy Bachraty gets his chance to take an elk with Cross Mountain Outfitters of Colorado.

High Country Colorado Turkey Hunt

High Country Colorado Turkey Hunt

Danny Farris and Doyle Worbington of J&D Outfitters are hunting turkeys in Colorado.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Follow this advice before embarking on your first hunt! Big Game

Beginner's Guide to Bowhunting Mule Deer

Ron Niziolek

Follow this advice before embarking on your first hunt!

This past fall my twin daughters started kindergarten, which meant that I stopped paying for Bows

9 Top Budget Bows for 2018

Tony J. Peterson - February 20, 2018

This past fall my twin daughters started kindergarten, which meant that I stopped paying for

Archer Chris Cammack has arrowed the new world record for brown bears with his Alaskan giant. Other Game

Massive Alaskan Brown Bear is the New World Record

Lynn Burkhead - October 18, 2018

Archer Chris Cammack has arrowed the new world record for brown bears with his Alaskan giant.

See More Stories

More Recipes

Black bear meat is dark and rich, and delicious ground up in this Pâté chaud recipe. Recipes

Vietnamese Black Bear Pâté Chaud (Meat Pie) Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Black bear meat is dark and rich, and delicious ground up in this Pâté chaud recipe.

If you can't handle the heat, then get out of the kitchen, because this Spicy 5-Alarm Venison Chili Recipe is hot, hot, hot! Recipes

Spicy 5-Alarm Venison Chili Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

If you can't handle the heat, then get out of the kitchen, because this Spicy 5-Alarm Venison...

Braised pork belly is sweet, salty, and full of umami; it pairs well with venison and hardboiled eggs in this Japanese-inspired recipe. Recipes

Japanese-Style Venison and Pork Belly Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Braised pork belly is sweet, salty, and full of umami; it pairs well with venison and...

See More Recipes

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.