Mexican recipes that call for ground beef, like these meat burritos, are a great way to use up ground venison. My guys LOVED these grab n go burritos and were super proud to have their venison hit the dinner table. #huntingfamily #wildgamerecipes #venison #burritos
Meat Burritos with Beans and Cheese
Are you a hunter? Or do you live with hunters? I sure do! Which means at any time of year we could have a freezer packed with venison just waiting to be eaten. These meat burritos are perfect with ground beef or whatever kind of ground wild game you may have on hand. The full flavors of the garlic, sharp cheddar, and full-bodied seasonings compliment the intensity of the game nicely for a hearty, flavor-packed meal! My men just love it.
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Burritos on the Go
Our favorite thing to do with these Meat Burritos is assemble them, wrap them up, and then make them available all week long. This method makes it easy for my guys to grab them and toss them in their lunchbox, or they can pull a few out to microwave for a quick lunch or snack at home. Either way, burritos packed with their favorite meat make them happy… which makes me happy!
Tips for Wild Game Cooking
My family is used to the strong flavors of venison, but in case you’re not, here are a few tips for using game in your everyday recipes.
- Match strong flavor with strong flavor! The game will take over a weak-flavored dish, but if you’re using bold flavors like in a zesty, garlicky marinara sauce, or some spicy enchiladas, the venison should hold up just fine (and taste AMAZING). This Chili Made with Ground Wild Game is a great pairing that your family will enjoy.
- Still too gamey? Give it a Bath! Believe it or not, if you give your wild game an overnight soak in Dr. Pepper (imagine that!) it will balance out some of the overwhelming flavors. Give it a try! In fact, a lot of meat is made better with a soak in this syrupy soda. Give my Saucy Glazed Ham a try. No one will ever know our little flavor secret.
- Mixed Meat Burritos. If you feel the flavor of game is too strong for your liking, another option is to mix different meats with your ground venison! I often will brown several different kinds of game (venison and elk) or use a pork or beef combination with the ground venison. The milder-flavored meat evens out the strong flavors of the game. You can be certain of this one thing: any way you make them, these Meat Burritos can hold their own in flavor-town!
Printable Recipe for Meat Burritos with Beans and Cheese
Meat Burritos with Beans and Cheese
Mexican recipes that call for ground beef are a great way to use up ground venison. My guys LOVED these burritos and were super proud to have their venison hit the dinner table.
- 1 lb. lean ground beef, or use 2 lbs. ground venison
- 1 lb. ground venison, or use 2 lbs. ground beef
- 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. oregano flakes
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
- 8 oz. can Hunt’s Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce, or substitute a 10 oz. can mild red enchilada sauce
- 16 oz. can retried Beans
- 1 2/3 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided use
- 8-10 fajita-size flour tortillas, warmed so they are easy to work with
- 10 oz. can mild red enchilada sauce
- Chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheddar or Colby-Jack, sour cream, salsa, etc, for garnishing
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large cast iron skillet (I use Lodge brand, 12”) over medium high heat, cook the ground meats with the spices (including salt and pepper) until the meat is nicely browned, cooked throughout, and no pink remains, crumbling the meats as they cook. Drain any fats that accumulate in the skillet, then stir in the tomato sauce, bringing ingredients to a simmer, cooking for 2-3 minutes or until hot throughout.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the refried beans and 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar, stirring until all the cheese is melted; remove from heat.
Spread a small amount of the refried bean mixture onto each of the tortillas, followed by a small amount of the meat mixture and a good sprinkle of cheese; roll up each burrito.
Place the side-by-side into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish; top with as much enchilada sauce as desired, then a sprinkle of cheese over all. Cover with foil, baking the burritos for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with your desired toppings and enjoy. (Burritos can also be wrapped individually in plastic wrap and heated in the microwave as needed.)
If the venison you want to utilize in this recipe is a bit game-y and strong in flavor, give it an over night soak in Dr. Pepper first; drain well in a colander and then on a paper towel-lined plate, then proceed as recipe states. Also, note that this recipe calls for specific ingredients that have strong flavors - sharp cheddar, roasted garlic tomato sauce, red enchilada sauce, and cilantro - all of these will compliment the venison very nicely.
Great Game Recipes from Around the Web:
- Field and Stream Wild Game Recipes (AMAZING collection!!!)
- Wild Game Jalapeno Poppers (Eva Shockey)
- Three Delicious Venison Recipes (American Hunter)
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