Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is my Dad's awesome chili recipe. He got a deer this year so I actually got to make it tonight with some ground venison he had given us. This one puts together quick, with just an onion and a pepper to dice, then waiting and enjoying that great smell. Deeeeee-licious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the venison in a stock pot (I use non-stick).
  2. Add onion and pepper, saute until slightly soft, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  4. I serve mine with a little sour cream and diced onion on top, and some crusty bread.
  5. My husband insists this is sacrilege, and serves his with shredded cheese and crumbled crackers.
  6. We agree that it is best served with an ice cold beer.
Most Helpful

Fantastic! I used a green pepper instead of the yellow due to cost and used beer in place of the water. It was perfect. Thank you. Made for Sept 2008 Cooking Challenge: Beyond Burgers. . .Ground Meat!

JanuaryBride September 12, 2008

Absolutely AMAZING! Made this with small cubed venison, green pepper, Rotel diced Mexican tomatoes with lime juice, red kidney beans, and chicken broth. I omitted the cinnamon and cumin salt. Can't wait for leftovers! Will definitely make this again!

Nancy C. November 20, 2014

This was amazing. I did brown the venison in some olive oil as even with a nonstick pan it sticks. Also hard to saute onions and peppers dry, some oil was definitely needed. I could not find any anasazi beans so I used ready cooked canned red beans. I have a question, were the beans you used dried and soaked overnight? Canned beans would likely have disintigrated had they been cooked for 1.5 hours. I added my canned beans in for the last 30mins. Chili powders are different too depending on their source. I buy my chili powder from a local Indian store. It is VERY strong. 3 tablespoons of that would have made the chili inedible. I started with 0.5 tablespoon and tried it after half an hour of cooking. I ended up using 1 tablespoon in total. This was excellent chili.

lmacdonald3_10077534 March 16, 2014