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Venison Chili (Crock Pot Slow Cooker Option)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: deer chili, venison chili
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 306kcal
Author: Lisa MarcAurele
A delicious ground meat chili made with venison. It's a hearty meal with added vegetables. And it's simple to make in the slow cooker or on the stove top.
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces no sugar bacon chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper diced (or use chili pepper)
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground venison cubed venison works too
  • 4 cups beef bone broth or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspon salt more or less to taste
  • 1 dash ground black pepper optional
  • 3 medium bay leaves optional
  • 1 medium zucchini diced

Instructions

Stove Top

  • In a Dutch oven or large pot, cook bacon until browned well. Push to side of pot.
  • Add onion, pepper, and garlic. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until peppers have softened.
  • Add venison and season with salt and pepper if desired. Sauté until well browned (about 15 minutes).
  • Stir in the broth, chili powder, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, cumin, salt, optional pepper, and optional bay leaves. Allow to simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • Blend in diced zucchini and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

  • Cook bacon until browned. Add to slow cooker.
  • Cook onion, pepper and garlic in bacon fat for about 4 to 5 minutes or until peppers have softened and onion is translucent. Add in ground venison and cook until browned. Transfer to slow cooker.
  • Stir in the broth, chili powder, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, cumin, salt, optional pepper, and optional bay leaves. Cover and cook on high 2 to 4 hours or low 6 to 8 hours.
  • Blend in diced zucchini and continue cooking until zucchini is tender (about 30 minutes to an hour.

Notes

Tips for slow cooking:
  • Use a liner to make cleanup easier
  • Avoid lifting the lid during cooking so it cooks at the right temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 28.6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 4mg

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