closeup of elk and venison chili in brown bowl

Elk & Venison Chili

October 1, 2020

closeup of elk and venison chili in brown bowl


For Crockpot:

Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

For Stovetop:

Cook the meat with the onions and garlic. As the meat cooks, I usually open up all of the cans and add the spices to the top of them, so I can easily dump everything in to the pot. If you're using fresh green chiles remove the skin, tops, and seeds. Chop small. Throw everything into the pot after the meat is done cooking and cook a minimum of 1 hour. It's much better to cook it at least 2 hours.

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1-2 cups water (The water determines the amount of juice in the chili. If you don't want any juice, don't add water.)

1 pound ground elk venison (moose and beef work well, too)

1 pound elk steaks, cut small

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

4 green chiles or 2 (4 ounce) cans of green chiles

1 teaspoon chicken base

4 cans (15-16 ounce) chile beans, with juice

1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons chile powder

1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons oregano

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

salt and pepper, to taste