Venison Chili
  • Course

    Main

Chef’s notes

Ground meat tends to become a surplus for hunters throughout the season. Chili is a go to recipe for people when they want to use up that meat.  This is a chili recipe that strays away from the traditional.  Use this recipe if you’re in the mood for something more flavorful and sophisticated than an old time chili recipe.

Brought to you by Weston

Equipment available from westonsupply.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 2 1/4 lbs ground venison
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large poblanos, stemmed and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. ancho chile powder, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, preferably in tomato puree
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans small red beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups beef stock

Serving Ingredients

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded sharp cheddar or Pepper jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Diced red onions or sliced scallions
  • Sliced jalapenos or serrano chiles

Special equipment

Slow Cooker

Preparation

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or other wide, heavy saucepot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  3. Sprinkle the venison generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in batches, crumble the venison into large chunks into the pot and sear until browned, transferring to a large bowl as done, 6 to 8 minutes per batch, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium. (If working on an electric range, you may need to remove the pot from heat to let it cool down a bit.)
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the poblanos, and onions, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the pot to cool it down a little faster.
  7. Return to the heat and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in the garlic, chile powder, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  9. Add the chipotles and tomatoes, crushing the tomatoes with your hands or mashing with a potato masher, half of the beans, the stock, and the venison with any juices that have accumulated in the bowl.
  10. Stir to combine, then bring to a simmer.
    Transfer all contents to a slow cooker.
  11. Cook partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the venison is tender, about 2 hours.
  12. Add the remaining beans and warm through. Adjust seasonings.
  13. Serve the chili with the corn chips, cheese, sour cream, onions or scallions, and chiles.
Chef’s notes

Ground meat tends to become a surplus for hunters throughout the season. Chili is a go to recipe for people when they want to use up that meat.  This is a chili recipe that strays away from the traditional.  Use this recipe if you’re in the mood for something more flavorful and sophisticated than an old time chili recipe.

Brought to you by Weston

Equipment available from westonsupply.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 2 1/4 lbs ground venison
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large poblanos, stemmed and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. ancho chile powder, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, preferably in tomato puree
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans small red beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups beef stock

Serving Ingredients

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded sharp cheddar or Pepper jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Diced red onions or sliced scallions
  • Sliced jalapenos or serrano chiles

Special equipment

Slow Cooker

Preparation

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or other wide, heavy saucepot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  3. Sprinkle the venison generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in batches, crumble the venison into large chunks into the pot and sear until browned, transferring to a large bowl as done, 6 to 8 minutes per batch, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium. (If working on an electric range, you may need to remove the pot from heat to let it cool down a bit.)
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the poblanos, and onions, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the pot to cool it down a little faster.
  7. Return to the heat and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in the garlic, chile powder, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  9. Add the chipotles and tomatoes, crushing the tomatoes with your hands or mashing with a potato masher, half of the beans, the stock, and the venison with any juices that have accumulated in the bowl.
  10. Stir to combine, then bring to a simmer.
    Transfer all contents to a slow cooker.
  11. Cook partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the venison is tender, about 2 hours.
  12. Add the remaining beans and warm through. Adjust seasonings.
  13. Serve the chili with the corn chips, cheese, sour cream, onions or scallions, and chiles.

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Venison Chili

Recipe by: Steven Rinella
Venison Chili
  • Course

    Main

Chef’s notes

Ground meat tends to become a surplus for hunters throughout the season. Chili is a go to recipe for people when they want to use up that meat.  This is a chili recipe that strays away from the traditional.  Use this recipe if you’re in the mood for something more flavorful and sophisticated than an old time chili recipe.

Brought to you by Weston

Equipment available from westonsupply.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 2 1/4 lbs ground venison
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large poblanos, stemmed and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. ancho chile powder, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, preferably in tomato puree
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans small red beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups beef stock

Serving Ingredients

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded sharp cheddar or Pepper jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Diced red onions or sliced scallions
  • Sliced jalapenos or serrano chiles

Special equipment

Slow Cooker

Preparation

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or other wide, heavy saucepot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil.
  3. Sprinkle the venison generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in batches, crumble the venison into large chunks into the pot and sear until browned, transferring to a large bowl as done, 6 to 8 minutes per batch, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium. (If working on an electric range, you may need to remove the pot from heat to let it cool down a bit.)
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the poblanos, and onions, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the pot to cool it down a little faster.
  7. Return to the heat and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in the garlic, chile powder, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  9. Add the chipotles and tomatoes, crushing the tomatoes with your hands or mashing with a potato masher, half of the beans, the stock, and the venison with any juices that have accumulated in the bowl.
  10. Stir to combine, then bring to a simmer.
    Transfer all contents to a slow cooker.
  11. Cook partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the venison is tender, about 2 hours.
  12. Add the remaining beans and warm through. Adjust seasonings.
  13. Serve the chili with the corn chips, cheese, sour cream, onions or scallions, and chiles.