Deer Chili Ingredients, Tomatoes, Chili Spices
Sometimes a simple recipe is the most delicious. Very true when it comes to deer camp chili.
Deer Chili Ingredients, Tomatoes, Chili Spices
Sometimes a simple recipe is the most delicious. Very true when it comes to deer camp chili.

As a true outdoorsman, there’s no greater satisfaction than transforming your harvested deer into a scrumptious, soul-warming meal. Venison chili, a perennial favorite among hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, is one such mouthwatering delight that’s easy to whip up and customize to your taste buds. At The Hunting Page, we’ve found an excellent venison chili recipe from Total Outdoor on YouTube, which is perfect for deer camp.

Deer Camp: Venison Chili’s Hearty Appeal

Nothing compares to the robust and gratifying flavor of venison, a hunting world staple, simmered in a pot of spicy, delicious chili. This venison chili recipe, inspired by the Total Outdoor YouTube video, is not only mouthwatering but also pretty simple, making it a good one for cooking over the fire at deer or fish camp.

The Secret to Unforgettable Venison Chili for Deer Camp

To embark on your venison chili journey, first, ensure you have high-quality deer meat. Whether you’ve hunted it yourself, got it from a friend, or bought it, freshness and proper handling are critical. If you’re a newcomer to cooking venison, fret not! The Hunting Page offers an abundance of tips and tricks to help you unlock the full potential of this delectable protein.

Next, gather an array of spices and aromatics like garlic, onion, chili powder, and cumin to create a rich and flavorsome chili base. A combination of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth imparts a hearty foundation for your chili. To elevate your venison chili experience, incorporate a can of black beans and a can of kidney beans. However, if you prefer your chili sans beans, skipping this step will still yield a luscious deer meat chili.

Customize Your Venison Chili Masterpiece

The beauty of chili lies in its adaptability. Craving a fiery kick? Add some diced jalapeños or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Prefer milder flavors? Omit the heat and concentrate on the exquisite taste of venison, beans, and aromatic spices.

Ingredients List (based on the Total Outdoor YouTube video):

  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: diced jalapeños, cayenne pepper

Video Guidance and More Venison Recipes

At The Hunting Page, we’re here to help every step of the way. We recommend watching the step-by-step video tutorial on the Total Outdoor YouTube channel that demonstrates the process of crafting this venison chili recipe. You’ll also find a plethora of other hunting and outdoor content on our channel.

If you’re keen to explore more venison-based dishes, visit for a treasure trove of recipes, from succulent stews to mouthwatering roasts and juicy burgers. And for chili enthusiasts, make sure to explore our diverse array of chili recipes – we have something for everyone.

Don’t forget to check out our article on how to properly handle and process venison for the best results when cooking with deer meat.

Deer Camp Chili over the campfire

Nothing sums up the end to a successful deer camp like a good bowl of venison chili. Cook it over an open fire and it just tastes that much better.

Almost everybody says that they have the best chili. Some even enter chili cookoffs to prove it. Sometime, the best chili is as good as it is because it’s kept simple. Marty Davison takes you step by step in this video to show you how to make chili over a campfire.

Remember that chili is good all year round, whether you’re at deer camp, fishing camp, camping, or in your backyard.


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