The 6 Best Venison Chili Recipes

The cilantro and warm tortillas on the side truly bring together this Venison Green Chili Recipe. (David Draper photo)

Stay warm this winter with one of these delicious venison chili recipes

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter day. These protein-packed chili recipes are the perfect meals to serve after a long days work.


Venison Green Chili Recipe

Venison, green chillies, jalepeños and more are found in this delicious green chili.

Ingredients:

  • 1 deer, elk, or antelope shank, bone-in
  • 1-2 cups seasoned flour
  • ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 Hatch green chilies, roasted, skinned, and chopped
  • 2-4 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 4-6 cups of game stock (chicken or vegetable stock also works)
  • 1 can white hominy, drained
  • 1 can yellow hominy, drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup packed cilantro, finely chopped

Get the Recipe: Venison Green Chili Recipe



Great Northern Venison Chili Recipe

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This recipe is best served with a side of cornbread. (Chef Derek St. Romain photo)

The bold flavors in this recipe blend together perfectly to deliver a sweet and spicy taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds ground venison
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • Fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 3 tablespoons beef base paste
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ cup dark chili powder
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 (16- to 20-ounce) can ranch style baked beans

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Dutch Oven Elk Venison Chili Recipe

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This Dutch Oven Elk Venison Chili Recipe uses a couple secret ingredients that truly differentiates it from the rest! (David Draper photo)

Embrace the diversity between chili recipes across the country and try this one next time you're craving the meat dish.

Ingredients:

  • Bacon grease
  • 1 lb. ground elk
  • 1 lb. elk stew meat (cut into ½-inch chunks)
  • ¼ cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1 packet Little's Specialty Foods Chili Seasoning (Hot or Mild)
  • 1 bottle of dark beer
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ounce baker's chocolate
  • 1-2 15.5 ounce cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1-2 15.5 ounce cans black beans, drained
  • Garnish: Diced onions, jalapeño rings, grated cheddar cheese

Get the Recipe: Dutch Oven Elk Venison Chili Recipe


Elk Venison Chili Recipe

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A bowl of fresh elk venison chili. (Randy Newberg photo)

With deer season comes colder weather – the perfect time for a bowl of elk venison chili!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds elk venison stew meat, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (13-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • ⅛ to ¼ cup green chili salsa (¼ cup is spicy)
  • 4 cups canned pinto beans, drained
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream, cheddar cheese

Get the Recipe: Elk Venison Chili Recipe


Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe

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We all need a venison chili day once in a while. (Tom Minchella photo)

This hearty venison chili is filled with a blend of full-bodied flavors and spices.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh ground venison
  • 6 slices smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked ancho chili powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomatoes, whole peeled
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can dark beer
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cooked kidney beans
  • ¼ pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 bunch scallion, chopped

Get the Recipe: Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe


Spicy Mango Venison Chili Recipe

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Top this Spicy Mango Venison Chili Recipe with sour cream and shredded cheese for a satisfying meal. (Jessyca Sortillon photo)

The sweet heat flavors of this Spicy Mango Venison Chili Recipe are downright delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 pound sweet Italian ground sausage
  • 3 cups chopped mangoes (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2-3 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 large jalapeño peppers, chopped finely
  • 3 habanero peppers, chopped finely
  • 1 (11.2-ounce) bottle Guinness Extra Stout (or your favorite stout)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons golden brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chives for topping

Get the Recipe: Spicy Mango Venison Chili Recipe

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