Every year my husband brings home pound after pound of venison. So what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t really like the taste of venison?

Turn it into something I love! Like chili.

This recipe is amazingly easy to make and tastes delicious. Since the chili is made in a slow cooker, just toss everything in, and dinner is ready 6 hours later.

Recipe: Venison Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 8

Calories per serving: n/a

Fat per serving: n/a

Recipe: Venison Chili


  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 1 lb ground italian sausage
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can mild chili beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can green chilis, drained
  • 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  • 6oz dark beer
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce


  1. Cook venison and sausage in olive oil over medium heat until browned. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a slow cooker, add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Add meat mixture and combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 2 hours. After cooking, skim off fat. Serve topped with sour cream or cheddar cheese with a side of corn bread or tortilla chips.

Quick Notes

Any kind of beer will do, but dark beer is best for this recipe. If you don’t want to add beer, you may substitute chicken broth.


If you want a little more heat, use hot italian sausage or add an additional 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper.

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9 Responses to Recipe: Venison Chili

  1. Judith says:

    I rate this a Nutritional value C+

    Serving Size 361 g
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 580
    Calories from Fat 236

    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 26.2g 40%
    Saturated Fat 9.0g 45%
    Trans Fat .1g
    Cholesterol 112mg 37%
    Sodium 1163mg 48%
    Total Carbohydrates 44.6g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 11.8g 47%

    Sugars 4.1g
    Protein 41.5g

    Vitamin A 25% • Vitamin C 27%
    Calcium 13% • Iron 47%

    * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

  2. Judith says:

    PS that is without the sour cream or cheddar cheese with a side of corn bread or tortilla chips.

  3. Judith says:

    PPS if I take out the Italian sausage, this become a fabulously nutritious meal. Then I give it an A
    * High in dietary fiber
    * High in iron
    * High in phosphorus
    * High in thiaminA

  4. Judith says:

    If your not tired of me. If you take out the sausage it also reduces the calorie by almost 200.
    i only post these because of the name of your blog.
    It sound good but I don’t have venison to test it.

    For anyone caring 85% lean ground beef rates appox the same as venision.

  5. Jenny says:

    Hi Judith! I definitely agree about the sausage. I always try to use extra lean turkey sausage to lower the calories but I typically have to hide it from my husband when I do that. :) This is one of those meals that is more for him than for me so I usually try to leave it alone.

    Thanks again for your comments!

  6. […] is one of my own! Woohoo! Venison Chili. You can view my original recipe over at my cooking blog, The Healthified Mom. This recipe is sure to warm you on a chilly night! If you don’t have venison you can […]

  7. Natalie Adamcewicz-Wipf says:

    I just took some ground venison out to make chili this morning!

  8. The Healthified Mom says:

    I hope you’re able to give my recipe a try! I have made several alterations over the years and think I finally have it perfect. :)

  9. Natalie Adamcewicz-Wipf says:

    i’ll let you know how we like it!

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