Dad's Venison Chili

"This is my Dad's awesome chili recipe. He got a deer this year so I actually got to make it tonight with some ground venison he had given us. This one puts together quick, with just an onion and a pepper to dice, then waiting and enjoying that great smell. Deeeeee-licious!"
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • Brown the venison in a stock pot (I use non-stick).
  • Add onion and pepper, saute until slightly soft, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  • I serve mine with a little sour cream and diced onion on top, and some crusty bread.
  • My husband insists this is sacrilege, and serves his with shredded cheese and crumbled crackers.
  • We agree that it is best served with an ice cold beer.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Jeff S.
    how many does this serve
  2. Katie B.
    Once everything is cooked down, can I just throw everything into a crockpot and turn it on low for a couple hours?
  3. Christi H.
    Were the Anasazi beans soaked overnight? And were they measured before or after that process?


  1. januarybride
    Fantastic! I used a green pepper instead of the yellow due to cost and used beer in place of the water. It was perfect. Thank you. Made for Sept 2008 Cooking Challenge: Beyond Burgers. . .Ground Meat!
  2. lulabell67
    My husband is a hunter but not the rest of the family. THIS recipe is what gets us excited about deer season!
  3. Stephanie L.
    Way too much cumin but a good base. I cut cumin powder and cumin seed in half, 2 tsp salt, 3 cans dark red kidney beans, 2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp cayenne powder, and 1/4 granulated garlic to elevate flavors. I made first batch and to cut cumin I made another batch and simmered it together and it was perfect. The modifications above reflect one batch.
  4. astinius
    Turned out great. Added garlic, hot peppers, bacon, and used beer instead of water. Thanks for the recipe!
  5. Williamcarter1967
    Sounds good going try it right now let u know how turns out


  1. Richard Z.
    A couple of modifications/substitutions I make: Pinto beans work just fine in place of Anasazi beans, Red bell pepper works fine in place of yellow bell pepper, Use 1 TBS of ground cumin, Use 1 tps cumin seed, Add 2 chopped jalapeno peppers seeded and vanes removed
  2. Louise P.
    I did a slight varation on this recipie, I used kidney beans as I couldn't find the others, everything else I used, apart from I forgot the pepper and added sweetcorn instead. I added a little cajun seasoning too. I'll think I'll follow this recipie when I do a beef chilli just to jazz it up a little more.
  3. harriet d.
    Way to much cumin. I cut the ground to 1Tbs.
  4. Lindsay M.
    Thank you so much for this recipe. My husband loved it! It’s his favorite so far. So simple too! I could not find Anasazi Beans. So I used 1 can of organic Pinto and 1 can of Red Kidney. Thanks Again!
  5. Ashton A.
    We are very picky eaters so we left out the peppers and substituted onion powder for the onions.



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