Rating: 4.56 stars
98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

A simple but tasty chili recipe using ground elk meat as the base. Best served with Mexican style cornbread. Beef may also be substituted for elk.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large deep skillet over medium heat, cook the ground elk with the onion until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.

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  • Pour the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, kidney beans and green chilies into the skillet with the meat, and stir to blend. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano and brown sugar. Cover, and simmer over low heat for at least one hour.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; protein 28.1g; carbohydrates 45.2g; fat 2.4g; cholesterol 51.7mg; sodium 1461.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (84)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2004
This is the best chili recipe for Elk! We've used it a couple of times and really like it. We did cut down on the brown sugar a bit but it is very ejoyable! Read More
(52)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/14/2011
It was great until I added the sugar. I olnly used 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. Too sweet.... Just personal preference. I will make this easy recipe again. Without the sugar. Read More
(6)
98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2004
This is the best chili recipe for Elk! We've used it a couple of times and really like it. We did cut down on the brown sugar a bit but it is very ejoyable! Read More
(52)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2006
Delicious but we had to adjust this recipe quite a bit: a lot less sugar; a lot more chili powder; two cans of beans. We also drain our tomatoes. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2005
My favorite chilli recipe - we use either elk or deer. I don't use brown sugar and add hot jalapenos. We love it. Thank you. Read More
(34)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Excellent use of Elk meat. I followed the recipe to a T and I am very, very pleased with it. I used the full 1/2 cup of brown sugar and it was just right, this is not meant to be a spicy chili, it is mild, smooth and absolutely delicious!! I will probably use stewed tomatoes next time in place of the italian, because those pieces are pretty large and I ended up cutting them down while they were cooking anyway. I also like the use of the canned kidney beans as they are already softened up which is normally the hardest part of cooking chili. Great recipe, thanks for sharing, I would have given 6 stars if possible! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2006
This was the best chili I have EVER had. My boyfriend was very impressed little did he know how easy it was! I cooked the chili in my crock pot for 3-4 hours on high while I was gone came home to a wonderful meal in minutes! Great flavor will make again and again. I did add celery and sweet peppers as well. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2006
This recipe rocked!!! I added 2 Tbsp of chili powder and halved the brown sugar and it came out PERFECT! I used deer meat instead of elk. Would make with beef too! Read More
(11)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2005
I like it alot but I thought it was a little on the soupy side. I have made it several times and after the first couple I started to drain I know this will sound weird the stewed tomatos. It helps a bit. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2009
This was really GOOD. I was looking for a hearty dish to use up some elk tips and thought they would work with this recipe. Aside from not using ground meat the only change I made was adding red pepper flakes. Otherwise...terrific chili! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
Freaking Awsome! reading the reveiws after i made it i figured out what they were talking about. if you cant take the chile heat you do have to cut the sugar. IF you love it like i do it is perfect! sweet and spicy i tossed the chile poder as i have a jalapeno bush out back minced 2 of those and instead of the small can of grean chile we have here in the sw this time of year fresh roasted chile on the side walk in abq. so i diced 3 of those and it was sooooo good! also subbed jarred black eyed peas for the kidneys cuz i didnt have any. so so good. oops i amost forgot. i only had elk in 1lb packages but i had a 1/2lb of beakfast sausage so... never going to forget this. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
03/14/2011
It was great until I added the sugar. I olnly used 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. Too sweet.... Just personal preference. I will make this easy recipe again. Without the sugar. Read More
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