Hunter's Sweet 'n Spicy Chili

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Leah O'Connell

By
@LeahMarie

My husband and I have argued for years which chili recipe is the best, his or mine. We have come up with a wonderful, scrumptious and amazingly tantalizing chili compromise! What is the secret? His favorite BBQ sauce and my original chili recipe made with a wonderful venison/ground beef mixture. It's HOT, it's SWEET, and it's oh, sooo yummy! Our eight children agree... it's the best. We serve it on the first day of buck season as our hunters arrive home, with a side of cornbread and a room filled with family! It doesn't get any sweeter than this... a memory to savor for generations to come.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This venison chili is a great recipe for someone that's new to cooking venison. Using venison and beef takes away the gamey flavor some people find from venison. The combination of savory and sweet with a punch of spice makes this the perfect chili. We loved the addition of corn and BBQ sauce. They add a bit of sweetness. Overall, this is a flavorful chili recipe. If you have leftovers, we highly recommend you try Leah's suggestion over bowtie pasta. It was delicious and a great way to reinvent leftovers. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
8-10
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 2 lb
    venison/ground beef mixture (equal parts of each)
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 1 large
    green pepper
  • 1 can(s)
    crushed tomatoes, 28 oz.
  • 1 can(s)
    stewed tomatoes, 14.5 oz.
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato sauce, 15 oz.
  • 1 can(s)
    corn, drained well, 15 oz.
  • 1 can(s)
    black beans, rinsed and drained, 15 oz.
  • 1 can(s)
    chili seasoned red kidney beans, not drained, 16 oz.
  • 1/8 c
    Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce
  • 1/8 c
    sugar, granulated
  • 1 tsp
    cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    each of garlic powder, parsley, and salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    each of black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • about 1/4 tsp
    each of oregano, Italian seasoning, and basil
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    chili powder

How to Make Hunter's Sweet 'n Spicy Chili

Step-by-Step

  1. Saute ground beef/venison until almost all pink is gone. Pour off fat.
  2. Add the bell peppers and onions.
  3. Sauté until slightly soft, but not transparent.
  4. Then the crushed tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  5. Next, add the corn and beans.
  6. Then add the BBQ sauce and seasonings.
  7. Cook covered for at least one hour. Taste, then adjust spices as needed.
  8. Uncover and cook for another 30 min – 1 hour.
  9. Serve with homemade buttered cornbread.
  10. What to do with leftovers? Serve over cooked bowtie pasta and top with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream. You will never go back to your old chili recipe!

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About Hunter's Sweet 'n Spicy Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: American
Collection: Chili



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