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Deer Meat Chili Recipe

Updated on July 9, 2013
Stove-top deer chili
Stove-top deer chili
4 stars from 7 ratings of Deer Chili

Deer meat chili

There is nothing more delicious on a cold winter night than eating a hearty hot bowl of chili. Soup might warm the soul, but chili gives you the extra strength to go out and make a snowman or shovel the walk!

Ground venison is a wonderful alternative to ground beef. The meat is lean and you don't have to pour off the grease, like you do with hamburger. Some people complain that deer is too lean or has a tendency to be dry, but when used in making chili, this is never a problem.

If you have never cooked with venison, this is a wonderful way to introduce your family to deer meat. Once you try this delicious chili, you'll have no hesitation in accepting another bowl or trying anything else made from deer meat!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 10-12 bowls
Chili peppers which we dried and then ground into powder
Chili peppers which we dried and then ground into powder


  • 2 lbs Venison (deer), Ground
  • 3 cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 large Green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large Red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • Chilli peppers, Ground
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
frying ground deer and onions
frying ground deer and onions
Add beans, tomatoes, peppers and spices. Stir well.
Add beans, tomatoes, peppers and spices. Stir well.

Making your deer chili

  1. In a large frying pan, brown your 2 lbs of ground venison and also add your chopped onion. Make sure your deer meat is well-cooked.
  2. Next add your chopped green and red peppers. These not only add great taste, but also add some color to your dish.
  3. To the same large frying pan, add 3 cans of red kidney beans and 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Do NOT drain any liquid from the cans, pour it all into the pan.
  4. Add your seasonings, garlic salt, pepper and chili powder or chili peppers. We grew our own chili powder by grinding our dried chili peppers. The amount of spices you add is according to personal preference. Some like it hot, and others do not!
  5. Stir all the ingredients together and then cover with a lid and let it simmer on medium heat for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and leave covered for 10 minutes. Then put it back on the burner on medium heat for another 10 minutes. This extra step helps to thicken the chili and also heightens the flavors.
Eat up!
Eat up!

Serve it up with shredded cheese and sour cream

Last, but not least in my opinion, you can add the sour cream and shredded cheese to your steaming bowl of thick and hearty chili. I love how the cheese melts on top and the sour cream adds that extra creaminess to your chili.


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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you Torrilynn, I definitely say give it a try next time you have venison!

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      this sounds and looks absolutely delicious. I think I've had deer meat before but i would have never thought to make a chili out of it. Voted up.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello mpropp,

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      I loved every word--and the lay-out was superb. Love chili, deer meat chili, beef, hotter the better. Yummy hub.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

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      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks good I use to make deer meat chili but haven't for years now. The guys still hunt but we just don't make hamburger from the meant.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for commenting! We recently moved into town, so I'm afraid I also might be having to get my next batch of venison from relatives...

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love chili with venison! My brother always gives me some during deer season. He's the only hunter in the family, so I often hint for him to give me some. LOL. I make it about the same, but adding the green and red peppers sounds like a great touch. Awesome!

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      Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Been a bunch of years since I have had a bowl of this! I was living in Tennessee at the time. Not sure what the recipe was, but I shall give this a try when the kinfolk bring over some venison. :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Jan, yes--the deer are definitely abundant in this state! Some have commented that venison is too expensive in their areas and I think how it is so abundant around here....people end up sharing it with their neighbors, friends and co-workers so we need a few ideas of how to prepare it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      Minnesota and deer. The two go so well together. I've travelled through Minnesota 3 times and the one thing that impressed me besides a neat restaurant in Duluth was the number of dear on the highway. You folks must pay extra car insurance for all the road kill I saw there.

      It's been awhile since I've had venison but this recipe sounds great.


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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for commenting alocsin. Ironically, we have lots of it available (its often given away around here) in Minnesota. We use it as a substitute for the more expensive beef! But yes, you could definitely use this recipe with either beef, venison, or even meatless.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      While this sounds delicious, deer meet is a bit expensive and hard to come by here in Southern California. Looks like this will work just as well with regular beef. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Aviannovice, I have to agree with you. Venison is delicious! Thanks for commenting.

      Thanks Stephanie! It was easy to make and wonderful to eat.

      mackyi, I think you should give it a try. I bet putting this over a bed of rice would very tasty. In Minnesota, we call that a "hotdish" and it's a staple in our menus. I bet that would be perfect!

      Hi Ghaelach, thanks for stopping by! I think you should give it a try. Thanks!

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi mpropp.

      Never had deer meat, so this is a must try.

      Voted up and sharing.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      I.W. McFarlane 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      Never had dear meat before, but this recipe sounds very delicious. Maybe, I will give your recipe a try. What if I try this over some rice, do you think this would be perfect?

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      YUM, love deer meat chili! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There is nothing in this world that can beat a chili or any other recipe with deer meat! Congrats on this one.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      SoundNFury, chili is the perfect way to try deer meat for the first time. You would have absolutely no clue that it wasn't hamburger. Plus, chili is just darn good! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Bill, you can bet that with freezer full of venison that I still have...I'll whip up a batch of chili for you, for sure! Now, the drawback is that it is -11 here today without the I'd wait a month or two if I were you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So, if I'm ever travelling through Minnesota during the winter, I can count on you to feed me some great chili, right? I'm counting on it! :)

      I agree, this looks delicious!

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      Michael Valencia 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I've never tried deer meat, but this type of dish might just convince me! Looks good!