Venison Chili Recipe
If you are looking for a delicious ground venison recipe, try this quick and easy venison chili recipe. It take almost no time, and can be partnered with homemade honey cornbread muffins (which can be ready around the same time, if started when defrosting the ground deer meat). I love a big pot of chili for supper on those cold winter evenings, and it can simmer while out shoveling snow and will be ready to warm you up and fill your belly afterward (this is a thick chili recipe).
Crockpot Venison Chili
I prefer the taste of deer chili cooked in a slow cooker, but I brown the ground venison first. Some people swear by letting the ground meat cook in the crockpot with the chili. I tried this method once, however I did not like the taste of it cooked that way. After trying different methods of slow cooker venison chili (and instant pot), I have decided to stick with my original recipe (which my family thinks is the best venison chili recipe EVER!) The main exception I would make to this recipe would be to cook the chili with dry beans instead of canned beans. Then you would need to soak your dry kidney beans for at least 5 hours (or overnight) before cooking them.
Quick and Easy Venison Chili Recipe
This deer chili recipe can be made in as little as 20 minutes, if made with canned beans and veggies on the stovetop. You could even prep the seasoning, and defrost the meat on the counter all day to speed things up for a speedy weeknight meal.
Old Fashioned Deer Chili Recipe
My recipe of wild game chili is very a basic, old fashioned recipe. So feel free to add more flavor like green onions, bell peppers, green chilies, or even jalapeno pepper if you wish. I was traumatized as a child by having to eat green bell pepper and onions in EVERY meal. So now as an adult, I will only sparingly use them.
Best Seasoning Recipe for Venison Chili
I make my own blend of spices, which would taste similar to McCormick’s Chili Seasoning copycat recipe. There aren’t many spices, and I am actually trying to grow my own herbs for my own fresh seasoning. (More to come on that.) But for now, I use dried spices including chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion, salt, and black pepper. Make sure to completely brown venison before adding seasoning, to prevent the meat from being raw. The seasoning can disguise how thoroughly the ground meat is cooked. (I also keep fresh cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese handy to top my chili.) This chili seasoning also works well for home canning chili beans (I like kidney beans for chili.)
Healthy Ground Venison Recipe
Deer chili can be a very healthy and nutritious meal. Deer meat has more iron, omega 3, and other nutrients than conventional red meats. (Elk meat also has more nutritional value, and this recipe will also work for elk chili.) You can read more about the benefits of wild game meat in this article. If you have an avid hunter in the family, you might be able to fill your freezer with enough meat for the cost of processing. We pay about $1.25 per pound of processed deer meat (which is less than half the price of the cheapest ground beef, plus we get fresh cuts including roasts, steaks, stew meat, and tenderloins.) We usually have 3 deer processed per year, which is usually the perfect amount of meat for our family of 4. We end up with a lot of venison burger, which I use in MANY of my recipes.
Make Extra For Leftover Lunches
Another tip I can offer is to 1.5x or double the recipe, so that there are leftovers for lunch the next day. We recently discovered this electric lunchbox (Amazon affiliate links), which has allowed my husband to take leftovers to lunch on the construction jobsite. It has a 12 volt car adapter plugin, as well as a regular 110 outlet plugin, which gives multiple power options for him to warm up his lunch. (This is an inexpensive lunch game-changer for those that have lived on cold lunches for years.)
Venison Chili and Honey Cornbread Muffins
- 1 pound ground venison
- 1 can chili beans
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- ¼ bunch cilantro (optional topping)
- ½ cup shredded cheese (optional topping)
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne powder
Honey Cornbread Muffins
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons butter (soft or melted)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- Defrost and cook the ground venison, breaking the meat into crumbles as it cooks.1 pound ground venison
- While meat is defrosting and cooking, preheat oven to 400°F and mix cornbread ingredients. Bake cornbread muffins about 15 minutes, until done.½ cup cornmeal, ½ cup flour, 1½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup milk, 1 large egg, 2 Tablespoons butter, 2 Tablespoons honey
- Once the venison is cooked, sprinkle the chili seasoning over the meat. Stir the meat and chili seasoning well.1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, ¼ tsp cayenne powder
- Add the beans and tomatoes, then simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes (while the cornbread muffins bake).1 can chili beans, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can diced tomatoes
- Top with choice of fresh cilantro and cheese, and enjoy!¼ bunch cilantro, ½ cup shredded cheese
Honey Cornbread Muffins
- Mix ingredients well, pour into muffin pan (makes 6 muffins), bake at 400° for 15 minutes.