Raise your hand if you love a good bowl of chili? When my husband first suggested we make Venison Chili, I was a little reluctant. I wasn’t sure how the taste would differ from regular beef or turkey, or what the texture would be like. But venison is leaner than regular beef so I was at least interested in giving it a try. I’m happy to report that it’s often hard to tell a difference if there’s a difference at all. Venison is very flavorful and it’s less greasy, which I love! I have often made this recipe to take to friends who have just had babies and they all claim it’s the best they’ve ever had, so I’m excited to share it with you today!
My husband and I received a set of matching monogrammed aprons and cookbook for a wedding gift. It’s been a gift that I’ve enjoyed so much over the years. My apron was monogrammed with the text “Mrs. Maune” and it was so fun having something with my new name on it as a newlywed. It’s such a great wedding gift idea! You know in the south, the more things monogrammed the better! Sheets, pillows, cups, necklaces, scarves, and, aprons. Monogram everything, mkay? Everything.
But I digress…this cookbook we were given, Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook, has a Texas Chili recipe that is so yummy just as it is. But I have adapted it over the years and made my own version, including the use of venison. I’ve changed up some of the spices and ingredients to suit the taste of our family and to make my kids happy as well. Both my husband and my kids all love this chili, and it’s so nice to make up a big batch to have to share with a neighbor or use for leftovers. Our friends always love it when we share! In fact, this Venison Chili would be perfect to make for a large gathering like a Super Bowl party. I don’t think you can beat chili on a cold day! It can also be used as a topping for hot dogs or other fun recipes.
Let’s get to the recipe! It really is so simple to make. I like to use a meat crusher tool to help speed up the meat cooking (and reduce my effort, ha!). I mix together the spices and open all the cans in the midst of cooking the meat. If you can let this simmer for up to an hour, the spices will only be enhanced. Simmering always brings out the flavor more! But I’ve also whipped up a batch quickly with less time for simmering and it’s turned out just fine. I like to put the toppings in fun bowls and so we can build our own, so you could easily turn this into a fun dish to serve for parties.
I hope you enjoy making this recipe, I would love to know what you think! And if you like hearty recipes, check out my Healthy Hash Brown Bites that are great for breakfast or for serving as an appetizer at a party.