I’ve made a lot of venison chili recipes, and I truly love them all. But this venison chili with chipotle peppers is my favorite by far. I shared the recipe last winter with a friend who entered it in the Department of Justice’s annual chili cook off, and it won third place. Last night I made it for Rick’s monthly hunt club meeting. I made a double batch, and the guys ate almost every bite of it!
Recipe: Venison Chipotle Chili
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 pounds ground venison, browned
- 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes with juice, chopped
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large, heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onions, garlic, and bell peppers.
- Cook until tender (5 to 10 minutes).
- Add chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
- Add the venison, tomatoes, and chipotle peppers.
- Heat to boiling. Add a little water if it looks thicker than you like. Decrease the heat and simmer uncovered for at least 20 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper.
The chipotle peppers can pack a punch, so if youâ€™re feeding people who prefer their chili mild, then only use 1 tablespoon of them.
Cooking time (duration): 20
Number of servings (yield): 8
Meal type: dinner
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