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Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

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I recently got my hands on some ground venison. If you’re unfamiliar, venison is basically deer meat! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, especially with the weather cooling down – make some Venison Chili!

This Venison Chili is insanely delicious – I don’t want to say it is the best one ever as I will admit I’ve not yet gotten the chance to try every Chili recipe out there ever, but I will say this is definitely the best Chili I’ve ever made or tasted! The fact that venison is very rich and earthy might have something to do with it.

Also, another great thing about this chili recipe is that it’s actually not that hard to make. The ingredients list might seem a little long but most of it is delicious spices that will create the best aromatic flavor for your chili!

Crockpot / Slow Cooker Version

If you want to go one step further on the ‘sit back and relax’ scale, you can also make this chili in the crockpot or slow cooker! I have the crockpot / slow cooker instructions listed below also!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated in to 2 tbsp
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup of water or beef broth
  • Spices:
    • 1/4 cup chili powder
    • 2 tablespoons cumin
    • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped onions and bell peppers

Stove Top Version

In a large soup pot, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and saute for about 5 minutes.

Add another 2 tbsp, and add garlic, ground venison, and all the spices to the pot. Break apart the ground venison with a wooden spoon. If it is too ‘dry’ at this point add some water/beef broth. Sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the venison is browned.

Add the rest of the water or broth (if any is left), diced tomatoes (undrained), and tomato puree. Mix well.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let it simmer covered about 15 minutes. Then uncover and let it continue simmering for 30 minutes.

Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

Add shredded cheddar cheese and chopped scallions optionally!

Slow Cooker Version

In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and saute for about 5 minutes.

Add another 2 tbsp, and add garlic, ground venison, and all the spices to the pot. Break apart the ground venison with a wooden spoon. If it is too ‘dry’ at this point add some water/beef broth. Sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the venison is browned.

Add the rest of the water or broth (if any is left), diced tomatoes (undrained), and tomato puree. Mix well and transfer to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. 

Add shredded cheddar cheese and chopped scallions optionally when serving!

Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)
Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)
Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)
Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

Venison Chili (Keto, Paleo, Whole30)

Venison Chili Recipe (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated in to 2 tbsp
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup of water or beef broth

Spices:

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Stove Top Version

  1. In a large soup pot, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and saute for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add another 2 tbsp, and add garlic, ground venison, and all the spices to the pot. Break apart the ground venison with a wooden spoon. If it is too ‘dry’ at this point add some water/beef broth. Sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the venison is browned.
  3. Add the rest of the water or broth (if any is left), diced tomatoes (undrained), and tomato puree. Mix well.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let it simmer covered about 15 minutes. Then uncover and let it continue simmering for 30 minutes.
  5. Add shredded cheddar cheese and chopped scallions optionally!

Slow Cooker Version

  1. In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and saute for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add another 2 tbsp, and add garlic, ground venison, and all the spices to the pot. Break apart the ground venison with a wooden spoon. If it is too ‘dry’ at this point add some water/beef broth. Sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the venison is browned.
  3. Add the rest of the water or broth (if any is left), diced tomatoes (undrained), and tomato puree. Mix well and transfer to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Add shredded cheddar cheese and chopped scallions optionally when serving!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 414mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 33g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Ryan

Thursday 16th of June 2022

Bro this is NOT Keto. Don't just slap that Keto label on it without knowing anything. If you divide this into 8 servings, each serving has about 15g of net carbs. That's a lot more than anyone in ketosis should be having in 1 meal.

TinaTsai

Friday 17th of June 2022

Hi there! Sorry you feel it is not a fit for your keto diet. One serving is about 12g carbs and 4g fiber, and so the net carbs is actually 8g. The exact number of grams of carbs will be different for everyone, but is usually around 20 to 50 g per day. Many folks on a keto diet count “net carbs,” which is total carbs minus fiber. Fiber isn't “counted” in the carbohydrate total, because it's not digested the same way as most carbs, and it does help your body process other nutrients. I guess if you're going to have multiple servings you can definitely go over, but it does make one giant pot, and I do end up eating it for about 6-8 meals depending on if I eat 1 or 2 servings. Hope you find the perfect keto chili for you out there since this one was not a fit! Maybe you can find some of that delicious chipotle chili powder tho - I really recommend it.

Stephanie

Thursday 18th of February 2021

What is the serving size???

tinatsai

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Hi there! The whole thing is about 8 servings, so I eat abut 1/8 of that every time. So if I'm eating it by myself it'll last 8 meals basically.

Don

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

I love venison but don't always buy it because I don't know what to do with it. This looks great. Thanks!

jennifer

Friday 30th of October 2020

This looks amazing and cozy -- I can't wait to make it and ACTUALLY have some ground venison in the freezer (from a neighbor) that I haven't known what to do with.

Kelly

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Thank you for this recipe - I've always been curious about venison and I love chili! Know it will be delicious!

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