Venison Tequila Chili Recipe -
Venison Tequila Chili Recipe
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Venison Tequila Chili

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"A hearty venison chili made with tomatoes, onion and beans. Tequila gives it a boost of flavor. Adjust the spices to your taste."

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Original recipe makes 24 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground venison and cook, stirring to crumble, until no longer pink. Mix in the celery and onion; cook and stir until tender. Season with red pepper flakes, garlic powder and chili powder. Cook and stir for a minute to intensify the flavors.
  2. Pour in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tequila and orange juice; simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 2 hours. After 2 hours, mix the beans into the chili and simmer for another 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2007

The is a FANTASTIC venison chili recipe!! I made some changes, but LOVED how it turned out. Used one white onion, 3 stalks of celery, a fresh serrano pepper minced (with seeds left in tact), a green pepper, added dried: cilantro, thyme, oregano, paprika, garlic granules, a dash of cinnamon, salt & pepper. I also used a small amount of agave syrup to mellow out the tomato acidity. Then I added 2 cans of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato paste & sauce & a can of chicken broth. For the beans I used 2 cans of great northern white beans, drained. I omitted the o.j., but we LOVED the addition of the tequila!! It's subtle, but you can taste it in the background -- yummy!!! Thanks for posting this recipe :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 17, 2008

I followed this recipe exactly except I only had 2 lbs of venison & I think my hubby used a heavy hand when adding the tequila because the taste was strong...too strong. It burnt my throat going down! I finally added the other chili I had made for a group of kids that were coming over...then it was perfect, so I wonder if mis measured. (We had to borrow tequila from a friend cuz I am more of a martini kind of girl!)


28 Ratings

Jan 18, 2008

Loved it! I used 'chili ready' tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Also, I always dump into my chili a combination of whatever beans I have in the pantry. So, I used Great Northern beans and Black Beans. I am not a big venison fan, but have two hunters in my home. This is one venison recipe I can enjoy.

Oct 13, 2008

Very hearty and delicious! I agree with the person who was worried about the 1/4 cup of chili powder but it worked very well. I added one jalapeno pepper and one serrano pepper for some heat but I could have added more as just those two only spiced it up a little bit.

Oct 29, 2008

Good. I made this in the crockpot. I browned the beef with the onions, then added that along with the remainder of the ingredients to the crockpot. Also, I omitted the OJ because we didn't have any. Next time, I will add some chopped green bell pepper. Served with Beer Bread I from this site.

Dec 09, 2010

DELICIOUS CHILI! I didn't have any venison so I substituted with beef. It was amazing! The tequila definitely set it off!

Dec 14, 2008

It was very tasty. We made it to specifications just to try it. My husband loved it. I even forgot to top it with cheese. Next time, because I like to experiment, I'll probably add some green peppers and top with sour cream and grated cheese. I think the tequila and the orange juice really do add something. Very nice recipe.

Dec 15, 2007

i was skeptical at first, and didnt want to waste 3 lbs of ground venison. turned out pretty damn good. no leftovers at all when my old man and his buddy came over. thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 294 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 86 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 6.7 g
  • 27%
  • Protein
  • 29.5 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 800 mg
  • 32%

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

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