Venison Chili


This is an excellent chili recipe for game meats. You can easily substitute venison with buffalo or boar as well.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
6 to 8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 3 cups red wine

  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • salt to taste

  • 4 tablespoons canola oil

  • 10 slices cooked bacon, diced

  • 2 pounds venison stew meat, trimmed and finely diced

  • 2 cups black beans, cooked and drained


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and saute for 2 to 3 more minutes. Then stir in the red wine, vinegar, tomato paste, chicken stock, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cilantro and salt. Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced by about half.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the bacon and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bacon is browned. Move the bacon to one side of the skillet and add the venison to the empty side of the skillet. Season the meat with salt to taste and saute the meat for 15 minutes, or until well browned. Stir in the beans and toss all together. Transfer this mixture to the simmering pot.

  3. Mix everything together thoroughly and let simmer for about 20 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

802 Calories
37g Fat
50g Carbs
49g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 802
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 552mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 9mg 48%
Potassium 1597mg 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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