Everyone seems to have a favorite chili recipe, so here is mine. You don’t have to use venison, and could definitely use beef/chicken/pork instead, but I love to cook with our game meat whenever possible. It’s all natural, grass fed, and super frugal. It doesn’t get much better than that!
The great thing about chili is that it’s a “dump and eyeball” kind of meal. Precise measurements are not important and definitely feel free to dump in extra ingredients or eyeball more or less seasonings, depending on your family’s tastes!
Slow Cooker Venison Chili
- 2 cups dry beans* (I like to use 1/2 black beans and 1/2 pinto. Use what you have in your pantry! You could use canned beans here, if you must, but I prefer cooking with organic, dry beans.)
- 1 pound ground venison or antelope or beef (or you could use stew meat)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or bacon fat
- 1 medium onion, chopped finely
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 cups crushed or diced tomatoes with juice (or approx. 2 cans if you don’t have homemade)
- 3 cups broth or stock
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Garnish: sour cream and shredded cheese (optional)
*Or, omit the dry beans and use one quart jar (4 cups) of home-canned beans instead.
1. Soak the beans. Cover them completely with water and allow them to sit overnight.
2. The next morning, brown the meat in a frying pan.
3. Dump the browned meat into the slow cooker. Then add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or bacon grease to the pan. Saute the onions until tender, then add the garlic and cook until soft. Add to the slow cooker.
3. Drain and rinse the soaked beans and add them to the slow cooker.
4. Add tomatoes, broth, and all of the seasonings except the salt. Adding the salt too soon will prevent the beans from becoming soft enough. Hold off on the salt until they are done cooking.
5. I set my slow cooker on high and let it cook for 6-7 hours. However, all crockpots are different, so plan according to how your appliance works.
6. You’ll know it’s done when the beans are tender and the house smells heavenly!
We like to garnish ours with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.