Venison French Onion Stew (With the CanCooker Jr.)

I’m a big fan of French onion soup, but I always feel like something’s missing… MEAT. This recipe throws traditional French onion soup out of the water. It packs in the same amazing flavor but you get an entire meal. Not to mention, this recipe only requires 10 ingredients! You can’t beat that.

The cooking process for this recipe is pretty simple. We’ll start by browning the venison on two sides, then remove them from the CanCooker and start cooking down our sliced onions. Then we will just add the remaining ingredients along with the browned venison and secure the lid. It’ll need to steam for about 30 minutes before we can add in our cheese. Once the cheese has melted, you’re left with an irresistible meal that everyone will be wanting seconds.

This is a great way to use stew chunks from your deer this past season. Alternatively, you can take any roast and cut it into cubes yourself. They are unbelievably tender and ready in minimal time considering, with of course, a little help from the CanCooker.


Can I swap deer meat for other game or commercial meats?

  • Yes! Elk, Moost, Mule Deer, etc. will all work. You can even use beef chuck.

Can I use an InstantPot instead of the CanCooker?

  • This one I don’t know the answer to. I don’t own an InstantPot, but I will say the CanCooker does an amazing job at a low price. It’s been one of my favorite cooking tools to use at home and in the field, especially when it comes to making stews.

Do I have to use Reduced Sodium Beef Broth?

  • Yes! I would highly recommend it so you can insure the end result isn’t an overbearing salty flavor. Trust me on this one.

CanCooker Venison French Onion Stew

CanCooker French Onion Venison Stew

Deliciously tender venison in an amazing French onion gravy. Since we’re using the CanCooker the steam is going to do all the hard work and make a meal that tastes like it’s cooked all day in about an hour

  • Author: Jenn Homa
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Category: Venison
  • Method: CanCooker


  • 4 tablespoon Butter, Divided
  • 1.5 Venison Stew Chunks (Cut into 1.5 inch Pieces)
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 large Yellow Onions, Sliced
  • 1 cup Reduced Sodium Beef Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bullion Beef paste
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 bay Leaf
  • 1.52 cups Gruyère Cheese or Italian Blend Cheese


  1. Cut venison into 1.5 inch chunks then pat dry using paper towels. Season all over with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

  2. Heat any CanCooker over medium low heat. Add in two tablespoons of butter and allow to melt.

  3. Add in venison and brown on both sides. Work in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding.  Remove from the CanCooker.

  4. Add remaining two tablespoons of butter and sliced onions. Cook until the onions are translucent. 

  5. Mix in garlic and cook until fragrant.

  6. Add beef broth, bullion, apple cider vinegar, and the bay leaf and mix well. Once mixed, add back in venison chunks and latch the lid. Steam on medium low heat for 30-35 minutes. 

  7. Remove bay leaf then add in cheese to the top and continue steaming with the lid latched for 10 minutes. 

  8. Serve over mashed potatoes or by itself.

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