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Elk Stew

Western US states such as Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming have very strong elk populations. Colorado is home to more of these creatures than any other US state. In fact, one particular Colorado herd features about a quarter million elk. Needless to say, elk is the meat of choice in the American West. Elk season in Colorado runs roughly from September through November every year. Elk stew is one delicious meal that might result from a successful hunt.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 45 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Place the pieces of elk meat and flour in an airtight bag and shake until the meat is coated.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet, add the flour-coated meat, and brown on all sides.
  3. Remove browned meat from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add more butter to the skillet, add chopped celery and onion, and sauté until vegetables are soft.
  5. Return the meat to the pan.
  6. Pour in vegetable broth and add just enough water to cover the ingredients.
  7. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently and scraping browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the recipe thickens and starts to boil.
  8. Lower the heat, cover pan with lid, and simmer for about 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, and adding water as needed to keep the ingredients fully immersed.
  9. Add additional vegetables to the pan and cook for another 60 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  10. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

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