Venison chili is a big hit our house during the holidays and football season!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the venison and sausage in a large skillet and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon as necessary, over medium heat until no longer pink and evenly browned. Drain grease. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Drain, and mix in the tomato paste. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper.

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  • Pour the cannellini beans and tomatoes into a slow cooker. Stir in the venison mixture. Cover, and cook 8 to 10 hours on Low, or 5 hours on High. Sprinkle each serving with shredded Cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 25.7g; carbohydrates 16.5g; fat 18.9g; cholesterol 87mg; sodium 1066.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2009
Great chili! Had about 2 lbs of venison so I doubled the tomatoes garlic and onion. I added a chopped jalapeno to the onion garlic mix to give the chili some extra heat. I also added a can of kidney beans and about a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon at the end and ommitted the tomato paste adding a few tablespoons of tomato sauce instead. I let it cook overnight (12 hours) and it was the perfect consistency. I was SO tempted at the beginning to add some liquid to the pot as it looked really thick. I'm glad I didn't because it made it's own "juice" during the cooking process. I love that it didn't need any salt added! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2013
This was good but not quite sure what it needed. The only changes I made were 2 cans of beans and I added 1 small of can of tomato sauce and a mostly drained can of tomatoes. I also only had 1/2 lb of sausage and ground venison. Unlike most reviewers I didn't think it was too tomatoey. I did think it was a bit too thick even with the added liquid. It just seemed something was missing. I have quite a bit of ground venison so I'll be making it again and I think maybe I'll put some bell pepper and maybe something more bbq? Read More
(3)
53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2009
Great chili! Had about 2 lbs of venison so I doubled the tomatoes garlic and onion. I added a chopped jalapeno to the onion garlic mix to give the chili some extra heat. I also added a can of kidney beans and about a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon at the end and ommitted the tomato paste adding a few tablespoons of tomato sauce instead. I let it cook overnight (12 hours) and it was the perfect consistency. I was SO tempted at the beginning to add some liquid to the pot as it looked really thick. I'm glad I didn't because it made it's own "juice" during the cooking process. I love that it didn't need any salt added! Read More
(63)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2008
Gave it 4 stars as tomato paste made it too "tomatoey." Added another can of diced tomatos. 1 can with 2 pounds of meat definitely not enough. Will try again without the tomato paste. This should tone down the tomato taste and the thickness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2008
I made this to freeze and bring on tour with my orchestra and everyone who tried it went crazy over it! I did a couple things wrong though: I had a solid 3 lb block of venison that had to be used all at once and used regular ground pork because I couldn't find any sausage! Since I had way too much meat I added a big can of crushed tomatoes to the slow cooker and thankfully everything came out fine anyway. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
I had never made venison chili before and this was the best chili that I ever had. My whole family loved it. My three year old who has never liked chili before eats it right up. I had to substitute a few ingredients because it is what I had. I used a can of tomato sauce and a can of tomato soup instead of a can of tomato paste. I left out the beans because we are not big bean eaters. I used a packet and a half of chili seasoning instead of chili powder. I will be making this recipe all winter. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this chili for a group of people at our camp and everyone loved it! I made a few changes to the recipe because I had 1lb of venison & 1lb of Antelope I used 1 lg red onion 1/2 of a lg. sweet onion 1 8oz tomato sauce about 2.5 oz of tomato paste 2 14.5 cans chopped tomatores w/green chilles & 3 tbl. chili powder plus salt & blk pepper. I was very surprised how delicious it was. I will definetley be making this again! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2009
I used venison breakfast sausage instead of pork sausage and it was delightful!! No one could belive that it was venison!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
The family is scraping the pot as we speak so I have to say it's a keeper. The only change I'll make is either half the tomato paste or switch it with tomato soup next time because it was a little too tomatoey. We add sour cream and cheese so it cut back on the tomato flavor in the end. Great recipe! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2010
Fantastic! My husband brought home some deer he caught last week for the first time and we needed some recipes. This turned out wonderful. We left out the beans though. We are not bean chili people. It was still magnificint. Added a tad bit more of the venison too. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
Awesome recipe! Very tasty and easy to make. I modified a bit to accommodate what I had; I used cayenne pepper (2-3 dashes) because I didn't have chili powder. I also added about one cup of wine and substituted black beans instead of cannellini beans. It came out really great! Very satisfying. Thanks! Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2013
This was good but not quite sure what it needed. The only changes I made were 2 cans of beans and I added 1 small of can of tomato sauce and a mostly drained can of tomatoes. I also only had 1/2 lb of sausage and ground venison. Unlike most reviewers I didn't think it was too tomatoey. I did think it was a bit too thick even with the added liquid. It just seemed something was missing. I have quite a bit of ground venison so I'll be making it again and I think maybe I'll put some bell pepper and maybe something more bbq? Read More
(3)
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