Venison Chili Recipe

A basic chili recipe for the beginning cook. Fast, easy, and requiring few ingredients. This one features venison but can easily be made with traditional ground beef.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, venison
Servings: 6


  • 1 lb. venison or ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans 14.5oz diced Hunt's tomatoes (low sodium)
  • 2 cans 14.5oz chili beans
  • 1 can 14.5oz Hunt's tomato sauce (this is NOT pasta sauce, rather tomato sauce)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Coat the bottom of a large soup pan with a small amount of oil.
  • Brown the meat in the pan.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  • NOTE- if using ground beef drain off the fat right now, before adding the other ingredients.
  • Add the cans of tomatoes, beans, sauce (these will be undrained), chili powder, and brown sugar. Stir.
  • Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
  • Add additional salt & pepper as needed.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese, and chives.


Using a low-fat meat like Venison works perfectly for this recipe because the liquid from the canned tomatoes nicely adds the moisture needed to compensate. Chili is a great recipe for ground venison!
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