Venison Chili Recipe

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Venison Chili

Patrick Johnson


There must be a bazillion different versions of venison chilie. I found this one recently and was blown away by the complexity of the flavors.

This recipe makes my mouth water and my trigger finger itch.

★★★★★ 1 vote
4 Hr
3 Hr
Stove Top


each, dried ancho, guajillo, cascabel and chipotle, seeded
3 large
fresh pablano, seeded and chopped
5 large
fresh jalapenos
habanero pepper, fresh
2 can(s)
pinto beans, 15 ounce, drained and washed
1/2 lb
bacon, thick sliced, peppered
1 large
yellow onion, diced
8 clove
garlic, chopped
2 lb
venison, ground (course ground preferred)
1 lb
venison sausage, skin removed and crumbled
2 Tbsp
smoked paprika
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
coriander, ground
2 Tbsp
tomato paste
2 large
tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 c
3 Tbsp
1 qt
beef stock (see recipe in "the basics")
salt and pepper
cilantro and sharp cheddar for serving


1Break up and de-seed dried chilies and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 4 hours.
2Add reconstituted dried chiles, coffee and about 1 cup of the soaking water to food processor and process for about 2 minutes.
3In large Dutch oven, brown diced bacon until crisp and set aside.
4Add all of the meat and brown in bacon fat over high heat.
5Add onion and fresh diced peppers cook for 3-4 minutes.
6Add half of the cooked bacon and garlic to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes until garlic is very fragrant.
7Add the pinto beans, paprika, cumin, coriander and salt and pepper stirring between each ingredient.
8Add the dried chile mixture and tomatoe paste and mix well.
9Add the chopped tomatoes, molasses and just enough beef broth to cover mixture.
10Cover with lid and simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours sritting occasionally.
11Remove lid and check consistency. The chile should be stew like rather than soupy. Add whole habanero simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes to an hour to achieve desired consistency stirring occasionally.

Be careful not to break the habanero or the chile may be too hot for some.
12Serve with crackers or bread, diced onion, cilantro, the remaining crispy bacon and a good sharp cheddar cheese.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #venison