Venison Chili

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 20m
Ready In

"This is a great way to use ground venison! It is our favorite chili recipe."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (403 g)
  • Calories 592.6
  • Total Fat - 37.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 142.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1086.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 16.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4 g
  • Sugars - 8.7 g
  • Protein - 46.7 g
  • Calcium - 84.5 mg
  • Iron - 6.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 68.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring the oil to medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or an oven safe pot, add onions, bacon and ground venison and brown the meat.

Step 2

Add the remaining ingredients, cover pot and place in a preheated 250 degree Fahrenheit pot and cook for 2 hours.

Step 3

Remove from oven, give the chili a stir and add tomato juice if necessary so it doesn’t stick. This will depend on what kind of pot you are using, you may not need to add more.

Step 4

Return to oven and cook for another hour.

Step 5

Serve with cheese and nacho chips.

Step 6



No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the bacon, look for a thick cut bacon with a high fat content for best flavor.
  • For the ground venison, you can use ground venison or ground beef as a substitute.

  • Ground beef instead of ground venison - Ground beef is a more widely available meat and is a good alternative if venison is not available. It also has a similar flavor profile, so it will still provide a delicious chili.
  • Vegetable broth instead of beef broth - Vegetable broth is a great way to make this dish vegetarian friendly. The flavor will still be delicious, but it will be lighter on the stomach.

Vegetarian Venison Chili Replace the ground venison with 1 1/2 pounds of cooked black beans and 1/2 cup of textured vegetable protein. Omit the bacon and use vegetable oil instead.

Mexican Street Corn Salad - This light and refreshing side dish is the perfect accompaniment to Venison Chili. It features sweet corn, cilantro, lime juice, and a hint of chili powder for a flavorful and nutritious balance to the spicy chili.

Grilled Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley: This simple yet flavorful side dish is the perfect complement to the Mexican Street Corn Salad. Grilled zucchini is tossed with garlic, parsley, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper for a light and healthy dish that will balance the spiciness of the chili.


Q: How long does it take to cook Venison Chili?

A: Venison Chili takes about 3 hours to cook. The first 2 hours are covered in the oven and the last hour is uncovered.

Q: What ingredients are needed for Venison Chili?

A: Venison Chili requires ground venison, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Optional ingredients include diced bell peppers, jalapenos, and black beans.

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