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Venison Chili – Stovetop or Slow Cooker

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Venison Chili – One of the easiest ground venison recipes made on the stovetop or slow cooker, that will become a staple in your home when you have a freezer full of deer meat!

Venison Chili

Venison Chili

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How to Make Deer Chili

If you’re ready to get started on this venison chili, you can find the full recipe at the bottom of this post. However, I LOVE to show you process photos too in case you like to follow along visually like I do, when making a recipe I find online!

Want Slow Cooker Venison Chili?

The recipe process below will show you how to cook on the stovetop. However, if you’re planning on making this in the slow cooker… here is what we recommend:

• Cook the bacon, venison, onions, peppers, and garlic together in a skillet over medium-high heat until the venison and bacon is cooked through.

• Add it to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients.

• Cook on high heat for about 5 hours or on low heat for about 8 hours. (Temperature settings on different slow cookers may vary. Check periodically for best results!)

Ground Venison Recipe - Deer Chili

For the Stove-Top:

First, you’ll chop up your bacon and cook it over medium heat in a large pot for about 10 minutes until done. (Or longer if you prefer a crispier bacon in your chili.)

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Add your onion, garlic and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes.

Then, add the ground venison until venison is no longer pink.

Spices and ingredients for chili recipe

Stir in the chili powder, cumin, onion powder and salt until the meat is evenly coated.

Deer chili recipe

Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili beans, and kidney beans.

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Stir in the brown sugar…

How to make deer chili

Bring to a boil and reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes!

Venison Chili

Doesn’t this look amazing?!

Venison Chili Tip

If you’re using 100% ground venison, you’ll want to keep all of the bacon grease that cooks out. However, if you are using processed venison, drain the bacon grease because beef or pork may have been added to it during the process, giving it the fat that this recipe needs.

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Venison Chili

Venison Chili – An easy ground venison recipe that will become a staple in your home when you have a freezer full of deer meat!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili recipe, deer chili, deer recipes, venison chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Simmer 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 514kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. thick sliced bacon
  • 2 lbs. ground venison
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • .5 tbsp salt
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can hot chili beans or mild if you’re not in to “hot”
  • 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  • Chop bacon into small pieces.
  • In a large pot, over medium heat, cook bacon about 10 minutes (you can cook it longer if you prefer a crispier bacon).
  • Add chopped onions, bell pepper, and garlic. 
  • Cook vegetable together with the bacon for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the ground venison and cook until the venison is no longer pink.
  •  Stir in the chili powder, cumin, onion powder and salt until the meat is evenly coated. 
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili beans, and kidney beans. 
  • Stir to combine. 
  • Stir in brown sugar.
  • Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes.

Notes

If you’re using 100% ground venison, you’ll want to keep all of the bacon grease that cooks out. However, if you are using processed venison, drain the bacon grease because beef or pork may have been added to it during the process, giving it the fat that this recipe needs.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 1666mg | Potassium: 1350mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1331IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 8mg

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6 thoughts on “Venison Chili – Stovetop or Slow Cooker

  1. Hunter Duff says:

    Are the chili beans and kidney bean the big can or normal can

    1. Jessica says:

      Hello! The 15 oz. cans are what you need! Sorry about that! I’ll go update the ingredients list right now. 🙂

  2. Chelsey says:

    How long should I let the chili cook in my slow cooker? The recipe cuts off and does not say in the slow cooking instructions. Thank you.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Chelsey! I’m so sorry about that. I’m not sure what in the world happened with that. I’ve updated the post, but just in case:
      Cook on high heat for about 5 hours or on low heat for about 8 hours. (Temperature settings on different slow cookers may vary. Check periodically for best results!)

  3. Amber says:

    This recipe saved my dinner crisis tonight. Thank you! Its delicious!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww! Yay! I’m so glad, thank you so much for letting me know. 🙂

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