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This easy and delicious Slow Cooker Venison Pozole is the ultimate comfort food. When thinking of authentic pozole, more than likely the thought of succulent fatty pork comes to mind. But in this recipe, I opt for using cuts of venison that yield tender results from cooking low and slow. As far as which cuts to use; necks, shoulders, shanks, and rib meat work well here.

slow cooker venison recipe

The only real thought that needs to go into this recipe is figuring out which corn you will use. The three best options are to either use Mexican-style canned hominy, dried American South Western pozole corn or try and pick up some nixtamal (half-cooked hominy) from a local tortilla factory if you have one nearby. Finding dried correct chilis these days is much easier than in the past. My two favorite varieties to use are dried ancho chilis or dried guajillo chilis.

Be Prepared With Extra Stock

Pozole is prone to soaking up extra liquid due to the hominy. Keep a little extra venison or chicken stock on hand as needed for cooking or to spruce up leftovers.

Using Dried Pozole Corn?

If you're using this dried version, work ahead and cook ahead of time. This can take up to 5 hours lightly simmered with the lid on.

Are You Sensitive to Chiles?

If you're unable to tolerate chili-forward venison stews, you can try leaving some of the chiles out. In their place you can try adding a little achiote paste for that rich red color that everyone is after with Pozole Rojo. Achiote will alter the flavor a little, but it's a welcomed addition in my home.

How to Store Leftover Pozole?

This is one of those slow cooker dishes that gets better with time. The flavors greatly enhance when stored in the refrigerator covered tightly with a lid for a day or two.

You can also freeze pozole. When stored in a food-safe container with a tight-fitting lid, it will last in the freezer for two months. Place the frozen pozole in your refrigerator the day before you plan on serving in order to thaw.

How long does pozole take to cook?

The cooking vessel and cut of meat that you are using will dictate the length of the cook. I used a crockpot on the low setting and my protein of choice was venison rib meat and neck meat. This took around 10 hours to complete the cook. If you use the high setting on your crockpot you're looking at around a 8 hour cooking time.

What to serve this with?

I like to add crispy corn tostadas or tortilla chips for some crunch. For color and extra flavor, I garnish with radishes, lime, cilantro, onion, hot sauce and thinly sliced cabbage. And to make this dish even heartier, serving it on top of a bed of rice is never a bad idea!

crock pot venison recipe

Looking for other venison recipes? These are a few of my favorites:

Lastly, if you make this venison slow cooker pozole recipe, be sure to leave a comment or tag me on Instagram! I thoroughly enjoy hearing feedback and checking out the photos of recipes that you've made.



Serves: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: Around 9 to 12 hours on low setting
Slow Cooker Size: 6+ Quarts

Author: Larry White


  • 5 dried ancho chilis or 8 dried guajillo chilis (stemmed and seeded)

  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 4 venison shanks (or around 2 pounds of boneless stew meat)

  • 1 large white onion, small dice

  • 4 carrots, large dice

  • 6 celery stalks, large dice

  • 2 tablespoons dried Mexican Oregano

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 5 cups canned hominy (drained) or 4 cups dried hominy (pre-cooked)

  • 3 quarts venison or chicken stock

  • salt to taste


  • lime

  • chopped cabbage or lettuce

  • tostadas or tortilla chips

  • cilantro

  • radishes

  • avocado

  • rice

  • hot sauce


  1. Rehydrate the chilis. Bring enough water to cover the chilis to a simmer on the stove or in the microwave. Place the chilis in a bowl and pour the water over the chilis. Place another small plate on top of the chilis to keep them submerged. Cover the entire bowl with another larger plate or plastic wrap. Let them hydrate for 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat the slow cooker. While the chilis are hydrating, pre-heat. your slow cooker for 20 minutes.

  3. Add the rehydrated chilis to a blender or food processor. Pour in enough of the warm water to make a thin paste and puree the chilis. Set them in the refrigerator for later.

  4. Place the venison in the slow cooker, followed by the remaining ingredients, minus the hominy and chili puree.

  5. Cover the cooker and cook on the low setting until the meat is fork-tender. This can take around 10 hours with venison depending on which cut of meat you are using.

  6. Around 1 to 2 hours before serving, pour the chili puree and hominy in with the rest of the ingredients and let cook for 1 more hour. If you're in a time crunch and need to cook everything at once, you can add these in with the other ingredients in step 4.

  7. Serving: Serve this up with any of the listed ingredients above. This recipe is great for serving directly from the slow cooker while it's being kept warm.



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Meet Larry White

Chef Larry White

Hey folks, I'm Larry. The recipes you'll find here are inspired by my years as a chef, travels as a hunter, and being a father. I cook from these experiences, so my food ranges anywhere from fun and creative to traditional and to what somewhat family style comfort food.     

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