Slow Cooker Venison Chili for the Big Game Recipe -
Slow Cooker Venison Chili for the Big Game Recipe
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Slow Cooker Venison Chili for the Big Game

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"Venison chili is a big hit our house during the holidays and football season!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 20 mins


  1. Place the venison and sausage in a large skillet and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon as necessary, over medium heat until no longer pink and evenly browned. Drain grease. Stir in the onions and garlic, and cook until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Drain, and mix in the tomato paste. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pour the cannellini beans and tomatoes into a slow cooker. Stir in the venison mixture. Cover, and cook 8 to 10 hours on Low, or 5 hours on High. Sprinkle each serving with shredded Cheddar cheese.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 05, 2009

Great chili! Had about 2 lbs of venison, so I doubled the tomatoes, garlic, and onion. I added a chopped jalapeno to the onion garlic mix to give the chili some extra heat. I also added a can of kidney beans, and about a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon at the end, and ommitted the tomato paste, adding a few tablespoons of tomato sauce instead. I let it cook overnight (12+ hours) and it was the perfect consistency. I was SO tempted at the beginning to add some liquid to the pot, as it looked really thick. I'm glad I didn't because it made it's own "juice" during the cooking process. I love that it didn't need any salt added!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 23, 2013

This was good, but not quite sure what it needed. The only changes I made were 2 cans of beans and I added 1 small of can of tomato sauce and a mostly drained can of tomatoes. I also only had 1/2 lb of sausage and ground venison. Unlike most reviewers, I didn't think it was too tomatoey. I did think it was a bit too thick, even with the added liquid. It just seemed something was missing. I have quite a bit of ground venison, so I'll be making it again and I think maybe I'll put some bell pepper, and maybe something more bbq?

Dec 21, 2008

Gave it 4 stars as tomato paste made it too "tomatoey." Added another can of diced tomatos. 1 can with 2 pounds of meat definitely not enough. Will try again without the tomato paste. This should tone down the tomato taste and the thickness.

Nov 19, 2008

I made this to freeze and bring on tour with my orchestra, and everyone who tried it went crazy over it! I did a couple things wrong though: I had a solid 3 lb block of venison that had to be used all at once and used regular ground pork because I couldn't find any sausage! Since I had way too much meat, I added a big can of crushed tomatoes to the slow cooker and thankfully everything came out fine anyway. Thanks for a great recipe!

Jan 03, 2011

I had never made venison chili before and this was the best chili that I ever had. My whole family loved it. My three year old who has never liked chili before eats it right up. I had to substitute a few ingredients because it is what I had. I used a can of tomato sauce and a can of tomato soup instead of a can of tomato paste. I left out the beans because we are not big bean eaters. I used a packet and a half of chili seasoning instead of chili powder. I will be making this recipe all winter.

Oct 06, 2009

I used venison breakfast sausage instead of pork sausage and it was delightful!! No one could belive that it was venison!!

Oct 30, 2011

I made this chili for a group of people at our camp and everyone loved it! I made a few changes to the recipe because I had 1lb of venison & 1lb of Antelope, I used 1 lg red onion, 1/2 of a lg. sweet onion, 1 8oz tomato sauce, about 2.5 oz of tomato paste, 2 14.5 cans chopped tomatores w/green chilles & 3 tbl. chili powder plus salt & blk pepper. I was very surprised how delicious it was. I will definetley be making this again!

Nov 09, 2010

Fantastic! My husband brought home some deer he caught last week for the first time and we needed some recipes. This turned out wonderful. We left out the beans, though. We are not bean chili people. It was still magnificint. Added a tad bit more of the venison too.


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  • Calories
  • 338 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 18.9 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 25.7 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 1066 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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