Not terribly spicy, this hunter's chili can be kicked up with hot sauce for those who like it hotter, but is pretty flavorful. Beef can be used instead of game. Freezes well and makes a wonderful day-in-camp campfire meal. Serve over rice or mix in cooked pinto beans.



Recipe Summary

10 mins
2 hrs 40 mins
2 hrs 50 mins
4 1/2 quarts


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat bacon fat in a 5-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add venison and brown well, about 10 minutes.

  • Brown beef in a separate skillet over medium heat, 7 to 10 minutes; add to Dutch oven with venison. Brown pork in the skillet over medium heat, 10 to 15 minutes; add to Dutch oven with meat mixture. Add chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, and cumin. Cook over medium heat until flavors have combined, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

  • Stir tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, paprika, parsley, salt, and oregano into the meat mixture in the Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally and add water as needed.

  • Mix masa harina into the meat mixture in the Dutch oven; cook until thickened, at least 30 minutes. Add more water as needed.

Cook's Note:

Use any type of game meat you prefer, such as moose or elk.

Nutrition Facts

332 calories; protein 33.3g; carbohydrates 9.7g; fat 17.6g; cholesterol 115.8mg; sodium 755.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
A really good chili that re-heats very well too! I scaled this way back since it was just for my husband and I. Used only about 2 lbs of meat and it was all ground venison. I also added a chopped bell pepper some chopped carrot and some beans to it. The addition of the masa harina was unexpected too. It made the chili thick and added a little bit of corn flavor to it--I really liked it! I really enjoyed this chili; and I almost think it tastes better the next day! Read More