As a writer, I am always looking for new and exciting recipes to share with my readers. Venison chili is a delicious and unique twist on traditional chili that is perfect for those who love a little bit of heat and a lot of flavor. In this article, I will be sharing my favorite venison chili recipes, as well as some tips and tricks for making the perfect bowl of chili every time.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
- Recipe Category: Main Dish
- Recipe Cuisine: American
- Aggregate Rating: 4.5/5
- 2 pounds ground venison
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the ground venison and cook until browned, about 8 minutes.
- Add the diced bell peppers, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
- Bring the chili to a simmer and let cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
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- Is venison chili healthy? Yes, venison is a lean protein and chili is loaded with fiber and nutrients. Just be mindful of the sodium content if you are watching your salt intake.
- Can I use ground beef instead of venison? Yes, you can substitute ground beef for the venison if you prefer.
- Can I make this chili in a slow cooker? Yes, you can cook this chili on low in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
- Can I freeze this chili? Yes, this chili freezes well. Just be sure to let it cool completely before freezing and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
- What should I serve with venison chili? Some great options include cornbread, rice, or a simple green salad.
- How can I make this chili spicier? You can increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add some diced jalapenos for extra heat.
If you are new to cooking with venison, keep in mind that it has a slightly gamey flavor that can be intensified if it is overcooked. To avoid this, be sure to cook the venison just until it is browned and no longer pink.
To save time, you can prep the onion, garlic, and bell peppers ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
If you prefer a thicker chili, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch or flour to the pot and stir until it is fully incorporated.