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Wild Game Recipe: Northwoods Venison Chili - Hunting-Magazine

Northwoods Venison Chili

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 3 lb venison cubed/coarse ground
  • 3 cn kidney beans as extender
  • 3 cn tomato sauce
  • 2 cn tomato paste
  • 1 lg onion
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms
  • 6 garlic wedges
  • 1 cn stewed tomatoes optional
  • 1 c barbeque sauce
  • 1/2 c sugar-more or less to taste
  • 1/2 c water
  • 3 tb red pepper
  • 6 jalapeno peppers - diced
  • 3 tb louisiana hot sauce
  • 4 tb worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tb oregeno
  • 1/2 bell pepper-finely chopped
  • As needed other spices that you'd like to add


  • Brown the venison (or other wild game) with some butter.
  • Venison tends to be somewhat dry, so add butter as needed.
  • Drain well.
  • Add to 6-8 quart slow cooker. (A large pot on the stove will work, but overnight cooking
  • is preferred).
  • Add other ingredients, mixing well.
  • Add only enough water to prevent burning.
  • Cook covered for 2 hours at boil.
  • Reduce heat to ~200 degrees and cook until you can't keep everyone away.
  • Consistency should be fairly thick.
  • Cook uncovered if too your venison chili becomes thin.


Top with your bowl of venison chili with a shredded cheese of your choice and serve with fresh homemade bread.
This venison chili freezes well if you're lucky enough to have any leftovers. lol
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