A rich and delicious chili soup with many layers of flavors, that does not include tomatoes, pepper skins or seeds, but packs plenty of heat. Adjust seasoning to your own taste, and serve with cheese if desired.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Cook and stir until the flour turns dark, about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the white pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth.

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  • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth so that no lumps form. Add the green chilies with their liquid, and the crushed garlic cloves. Season with 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of cayenne, cumin, cilantro, coriander and oregano. Stir in the corn and beans, and bring to a simmer.

  • Place the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, turning occasionally until browned. Add the onion and minced garlic; cook and stir for a few minutes. Add the venison, and season with remaining 3 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring to break the venison to your desired texture, until evenly browned.

  • Transfer the meat mixture to the pot, and simmer over low heat for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

259.8 calories; 16.4 g protein; 21.3 g carbohydrates; 57 mg cholesterol; 1658.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2008
The basic recipe was good but it'll need some tweaking. Next time I won't put so much cinnamon in it. It was tad overpowering. Also make sure you drain your bacon before mixing in. I don't believe the recipe called for that and the chili was a little too greasy. And one last thing is I'll add more cumin. Chili I like has way more cumin in it. My boyfriend absolutely loved it! He ate almost the entire pot over 2 days! I will definitely make again with a few adjustments! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/21/2007
Whoever thought of putting cinnamon in chili should think again. Not a very good recipe. Way too sweet. I will continue my search for the ultimate venison chili recipe. Read More
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64 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2008
The basic recipe was good but it'll need some tweaking. Next time I won't put so much cinnamon in it. It was tad overpowering. Also make sure you drain your bacon before mixing in. I don't believe the recipe called for that and the chili was a little too greasy. And one last thing is I'll add more cumin. Chili I like has way more cumin in it. My boyfriend absolutely loved it! He ate almost the entire pot over 2 days! I will definitely make again with a few adjustments! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2008
The basic recipe was good but it'll need some tweaking. Next time I won't put so much cinnamon in it. It was tad overpowering. Also make sure you drain your bacon before mixing in. I don't believe the recipe called for that and the chili was a little too greasy. And one last thing is I'll add more cumin. Chili I like has way more cumin in it. My boyfriend absolutely loved it! He ate almost the entire pot over 2 days! I will definitely make again with a few adjustments! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2010
I changed it slightly. I didn't add the salt it was fine without it. While cooking the meat mixture I added Merlot to it to add flavor. I made it on a Saturday and it was finished off that night so the next day I made it again and doubled the recipe using venison and beef chili meat. All my guy friends loved it and devoured it VERY quickly. Plus I And I also used Chili Beans instead of Northern Beans and frozen corn for more flavor. Then the green chilies that it called for I used Spiced Rotel tomatoes with green chilies in it meant for cooking chili and also added a can of diced peeled tomatos. Turned out FABULOUS!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2008
I have never cooked venison in the past and I found that this recipe was extremely easy to follow and the meat turned out tender and flavorful. So I can safely recommend this for novice cooks. My husband took the chili to work with him and his co-workers ate the entire pot. I'm making another pot tonight. I did cut back on the salt by one teaspoon and I found that this recipe was plenty salty (and I generally like a lot of salt in my food.) I also do not own a meat grinder so I diced the venison and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2005
I was given some venison which I had never cooked before. This was a very tasty recipe though I was glad I completely eliminated all 4 teaspoons of salt. I think it would have been inedible if that was used. You get more than enough salt with the bacon and chicken broth. I also cut the cayenne pepper to 1 teaspoon which made it only mildly hot. My husband just adds more hot sauce when I serve it as he likes to break out in a sweat when he eats chili! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/21/2007
Whoever thought of putting cinnamon in chili should think again. Not a very good recipe. Way too sweet. I will continue my search for the ultimate venison chili recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2010
This chili is phenomenal! It tastes just like a chili I get from a local resturaunt that I love but I could never nail down exactly what was in it. I am going to try it with chicken instead of the venison and bacon this time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2006
This was the first time I made anything with venison. It was good although next time I will cut back on the salt if not eliminate it altogether. Plenty of taste to this dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2009
I used the spices in this recipe as a guideline for my own venison chili. I didn't follow the ingredient list but I felt I needed to comment anyway because it was fantastic. I cut the cinnamon and nutmeg in half but followed the remaining spices exactly. I'm definitely going to keep this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2005
Amazing!!! I was hesitant to the brown sugar and cinammon but it added the perfect taste. I substituted chicken for the venison and it worked. Read More
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