Venison Chili with Cornbread

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).

Too Easy for the Slow Cooker

I have tried this recipe in a crock pot, but unless using canned deer meat, this chili cooks in 20 minutes so I feel there is no need to get up earlier in the morning to let the chili simmer in a crockpot all day. Some people swear by letting the ground beef 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 exception I would make to this would be cooking chili with dry beans instead of canned beans. Then you would need to soak your beans, or slow cook them.

Add as much (or as little) flavor and heat as you like!

My recipe of wild game chili is very a basic recipe, and 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.

Copycat McCormick’s Chili Seasoning Recipe

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 to 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.)

Venison is a Healthy Lean Meat

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 Lunch

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 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 game-changer for those that have lived on cold lunches for decades.) I discovered it while trying to find him a 12 volt microwave, to encourage healthy eating options while working.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also like our venison cheeseburger macaroni recipe, venison stroganoff recipe, the best venison burgers recipe, or our easy homemade biscuits and venison gravy recipe. So many great venison recipes to throw at your taste buds!

Venison Chili with Cornbread

Quick and Easy Venison Chili and Honey Cornbread Muffins

Warm up and fill your belly with this delicious venison chili and homemade honey cornbread muffins.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 309 kcal


  • 1 large pot Cast iron gives the best flavor!
  • 2 6-muffin pans (for 12 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)

Chili Seasoning

  • 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

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ cup honey


  • Brown ground venison
    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.
    1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup milk, 2 large eggs, 4 Tbsp melted butter, ¼ cup honey
  • Once venison is cooked, add seasoning to meat
    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 beans and tomatoes and simmer
    1 can chili beans, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Top with choice of fresh cilantro and cheese, and enjoy!
  • If you like this recipe, please rate and comment at the bottom of the page. Thank you!
Keyword Chili, Cornbread, Deer, Venison, Wild Game

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