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Elk Venison Tacos with Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe

To perfectly complement this elk venison taco recipe, add a jigger of tequila

Elk Venison Tacos with Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe
Garnish this elk venison tacos recipe with sour cream, cheese or nothing at all, and enjoy! (Nevada Foodies photo)
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Serves: 8
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 2 (5-inch wide) elk venison backstraps
  • 3 ears of white corn
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 serrano chili
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 jigger tequila (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


1. Remove outer husks from corn but not all. Pull back and remove all silk from the corn. Close the remaining husks back and soak in water for 10-15 minutes.

2. Heat barbecue to medium-high heat. Remove corn from water and grill for 15-20 minutes turning every 5 minutes. When done, remove and let corn cool. Remove kernels from cob using a sharp knife

3. Finely mince radishes, serrano chili (discard seeds for less heat), onion and garlic clove. Combine with coarsely chopped cilantro and tomato. Squeeze the juice from lime and add rice wine vinegar and tequila. Add corn kernels to salsa and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

4. Combine garlic powder, kosher salt, cumin, coriander, chili powder and oregano. Rub spice mixture on elk, cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 1 hour before cooking. Remove from refrigerator and let meat come to room temperature prior to cooking.

5. Heat cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and sear meat on all sides until you get a rich dark coloring. Remove elk from skillet, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice elk backstrap into thin slices being sure to cut against the grain.

6. Serve sliced elk in a warm corn tortilla and top off with a generous portion of grilled corn salsa.

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