Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe

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

Spicy, Smoky Venison Chili Recipe
We all need a venison chili day once in a while. (Tom Minchella photo)

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours

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

Directions:

  1. In a large heat-proof pan, fry bacon over medium heat. When bacon is rendered, add ground venison and cook for another 10 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and onion and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes. Add spices, tomatoes, beef broth and dark beer.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-6 hours or until the venison is tender. Add cooked kidney beans and heat until they are hot.
  4. Place chili in a bowl and top with cheddar cheese and scallions. Serve.

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