Venison Chili

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Time: 1 hour preparation; 1-2 hours to simmer

Yield: 10 servings

Full disclosure: I am forty years old and I have never eaten or prepared venison.  However, a work colleague offered me some fresh venison from his recent hunting trip and I decided I should give it a try.  We love chili in our household, so I thought this would be a great way to prepare venison for the first time.  This recipe can be substituted with any meat you wish, however I made the below recipe with a mix of venison chopped meat and loin.

This chili was pretty spicy due to the chipotle pepper and the crushed red pepper.  If you wish to turn down the heat, you can omit those items and use a mild salsa.


  • 2 pounds venison chopped meat or small diced loin
  • 3 bell peppers, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 15.5 ounce cans of beans; you can use whichever you like. I used a mixture of black beans and white kidney beans
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped (optional if you like you chili spicy and smokey)
  • ½ cup chunky salsa (heat of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine all spices together and set aside.
  2. Brown meat in a large pan and once browned, drain away some of the excess fat.  
  3. Add the spices to the meat and mix and simmer on low heat.
  4. While meat is cooking with the spices combine olive oil, peppers, garlic and onion in a large stock pot. Saute on medium heat until your vegetables are softened. About 5 minutes.
  5. Add seasoned meat to the vegetables and combine.
  6. Then add drained beans, crushed tomatoes, chipotle pepper, and salsa to the meat mixture.
  7. Combine and allow the chili to simmer on low heat for about 1-2 hours to allow all the flavors to come together.
  8. For serving, use your favorite chili toppings; such as fresh avocado, cheese, sour cream, and scallions.

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