Texas Chilli Venison Taco Recipe

This is a knock-your-socks-off Texas Chili Taco recipe. The best part? ANCHO CHILIES. And a surprise ingredient… you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it.

The preparation is quite a bit more extensive than your average ground meat and pre packaged seasoning mixture but let me tell you what, this was by far the best “home-made” taco I’ve ever had! Pop a couple tops and give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.


  • 2 lbs of ground venison
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut or canola oil
  • 4 ancho chiles (remove seeds and stem)
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips
  • Salt & pepper to your liking
  • Charred corn tortillas
  • Crumbled ricotta salata cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced radishes
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Sliced lime


Season the ground meat with salt.

On a large baking sheet, toss the chopped onion and minced garlic with 1 teaspoon of the oil 
and season with salt and pepper. Broil for 10 to 12 minutes until slightly charred and fragrant.

In a pot, heat beef stock until nearly boiling then remove from the heat, add ancho chillies (after stemming and seeding), cover and let stand until the chiles are softened, (5-10 minutes).

In a blender, puree the chopped tomatoes with the chocolate chips, onions, garlic, chiles and beef stock until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

Cook the ground meat until it’s almost finished then add the puree to the pan and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Fill up a charred corn tortilla with the meat and top it with avocado, radish, pickled jalapeños, crumbled cheese, and cilantro then squeeze a few drops of lime juice on top!

It’s mouth wateringly (is that a word?) good. I cannot wait for you to try it! ENJOY!

Allie D'Andrea

Allie is the co-founder of Worn & Weathered and a hunter, public lands advocate, and wildlife conservationist.

  • Rick
    Posted at 12:17h, 31 May Reply

    I’ll make this tonight

    • mm
      Allie D'Andrea
      Posted at 20:05h, 09 June Reply

      It’s delicious!

  • Ray Smith
    Posted at 22:24h, 01 June Reply

    Sounds like a good meal!!!

    • mm
      Allie D'Andrea
      Posted at 20:05h, 09 June Reply

      How did you like it?

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