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Rattlesnake Chili Recipe

Updated on March 9, 2008

Rattlesnake Chili

Rattlesnake Chili is popular in the southwest
Rattlesnake Chili is popular in the southwest

My Experiences With Rattlesnakes

I am an animal lover. But one animal I really don't like is a snake. I know people that swear that snakes make such great pets. I just can't get past the videos I've seen of snakes eating poor little animals.

Not only that, but I would visit every summer on my grandparents' farm. The place was loaded with lots of different snakes. My grandfather hated snakes. He grew up around them and wasn't scared of them at all. He would just take rocks and throw at them.

One day I was riding in the back of a pickup truck when the biggest rattlesnake that I have ever saw was stretched out across the road. My grandfather stopped the truck. He got out, calmly started picking up rocks, and then started pelting the snake with them.

I was mortified. My mind kept flashing images of this monster snake literally jumping into the back of the truck and eating me just to get revenge on my grandfather. Well, the snake didn't eat me, obviously. It just slunk (is that a word?) away.

Then, when I moved to New Mexico, I found a great purpose for rattlesnakes. Eat them! This recipe for Rattlesnake Chili is a great rattlesnake recipe for beginners. It is easy to make and tastes really good.

Big Bowl of Rattlesnake Chili

Rattlesnake Chili Recipe

3 tablespoons cooking oil

1 cup diced onion

1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups prepared rattlesnake, cubed

2 cans diced tomatoes (use fresh tomatoes for better taste)

2 cans beans- pinto, ranch beans, chili beans, or black beans- your choice

1 large can tomato sauce

1-3 tablespoons chili powder, depending on your preference

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

teaspoon salt, optional (I don't use salt when I cook for most recipes, but most people prefer salt)

In a large stock pot, heat the oil and add onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent and garlic is golden. Be careful not to burn or overcook the garlic. This will cause it to be bitter.

Add the rattlesnake meat next. Cook for about five minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover with a lid. Simmer for at least two hours.

Makes 4-6 servings, depending on how many big eaters are in the family and how well you like rattlesnake chili!

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      Margot Finke 

      10 years ago

      Angela,I found your site when I looked for rattlesnake recipes for "Gran's Kitchen." If any of you have kids, especially reluctant readers, read on. I have just published my 7th children's book, titled "Rattlesnake Jam." This rhyming tale tells about old Pa catching rattlers, and Gran making them into Jam. Yet Pa yearns for Rattlesnake pie.It dawned on me that we could promote more business by adding links and a picture to each other's webpages. I would be happy to put a link and nice blurb for you on my book's "Rattlesnake Jam" and "Gran's Kitchen" page, if you do the same for me on your Rattlesnake Recipe page. My book and YOUR recipes were made for each other! Take a look at some illustrations and sample verses for "Rattlesnake Jam." http://www.margotfinke.comI can offer you more details and information if you like, + a copy of the book as well. It is available through Amazon, Target, Birders Books, and other stores, + autographed copies from my website.Please let me know if you are interested. It seems too good an opportunity to miss - and costs neither of us a cent!!Looking forward to hearing from you. Sorry about the rubber snake!!Margot Finke - SCBWIAuthor & Manuscript Critiqueshttp://www.margotfinke.comhttp://margotfinke.blogspot.com/ ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::* RATTLESNAKE JAM - Rhyming fun with Gran & Pa+ Best Rattler Story WINS an Autographed Copy* GRAN'S KITCHEN for Rattlesnake Recipes !::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks, guys. Bonnie, you hit the nail on the head. It's my revenge.

      Raven King, I know exactly what Rocky Mountain Oysters are. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try them, though. I probably will one of these days.

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      Raven King 

      10 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Hi Angela. I still regret not trying rattlesnake meat in Laredo, Texas. We just chicken out. In Nevada you can try to eat "rocky mountain oysters". No thanks to the "oysters". Exciting hub!

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Angela,

      This is a great hub but I draw the line at snakes! LOL. I can't watch them on t.v. or anything else without having nightmares. They are my biggest phobia. I almost had a heart attack once just because the kids wrapped a rubber snake around my neck. And I knew it was a rubber snake! I froze and started panicking. It was at that point that they realized just how much fear I had for these creatures. Fortunately, they snatched it off of me before I actually did end up in the intensive care LOL. For anyone who can get vengance on these creatures by eating them, I salute you!

      Bonnie

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