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How to make Deer Chili

When Winter weather rolls around, the soups, stews, and chili come to the table in our weekly rotation of meals. My husband absolutely refuses to eat those items during the warmer months and quite frankly I have to agree with him. On those long summer days, you want something light, cool, and refreshing. But when it’s 20 degrees outside, raining, and a possibility of snow (it happens once in a blue moon in Louisiana), you need something hot and hearty. I’m going to show you how to make Deer Chili so good that it wins awards. And you can then feel like a champion in your own kitchen too!

A bowl of deer chili.
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here’s the backstory for my AWARD-WINNING deer chili

It’s actually a funny story. Our local church hosted a Men’s Chili Cook-off. I believe the hope was that there would be so many participants that the members of the church could come over and eat after service was finished.

Every Sunday the announcement would be made for men to sign up in order to compete in this fun event. I jokingly made a comment that they wouldn’t allow women to enter because they knew that we would win. Of course, I was just picking. I love to pick. What is life if you can’t have fun in it? It’s just better with fun, games, and a little banter.

But as each Sunday passed and with every announcement, it became apparent that there had not been enough men to sign up for the cook-off and they needed more participants in order to feed the congregation (we have a large church.)

As a result, the decision was made to allow women to enter the competition in hopes that we could just get more numbers and in turn more food.

I had already talked enough smack that I knew I had to enter. Deep down did I think I was going to win? No.

I LOVE my chili. My family loves my chili. But it’s just chili. It’s simple and tasty. There’s not a secret element. There isn’t a list of items that sound foreign and work magic. It’s just some tried and true ingredients that work well together. Couple that with a little time to simmer and you’ve got yourself a fantastic meal!

how it went down

The judges had been selected. The chili samples had been placed into cups with numbers on them. And the judges were making their way through the tasting when we entered.

After they had sampled all of the chili, we were then able to make our way through the line and fix our plates.

It wasn’t long before they announced the winning chili number and lo and behold, it was mine! I was super excited for a couple of different reasons:

  • There had been so much picking that went on between the male competitors and myself over the weeks before the competition that I was hoping to place somewhere near the top to back up my banter.
  • I take a lot of pride in my cooking and recipes and was grateful to know that others enjoyed it and even voted it as the BEST. Making people happy with food brings me great joy!
  • There was a $50 gift card prize. Who doesn’t need $50? (HA)
  • It confirmed what I had already believed: Recipes that taste great don’t have to be pretentious. In other words, your ingredients don’t have to be super expensive or exclusive. The end result is what matters. Flavor is king, not hype.

I’ll show you how to make it here!

Deer Chili recipe:

Equipment Needed:

  • Large Stock Pot with lid
  • Can Opener

Protein Needed:

  • 2 lbs. ground deer meat.

Pantry Ingredients Needed:

  • (2) 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • (1) 10 oz can of Rotel

Seasonings/Spices Needed:

  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Tony’s Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Beef Powder

Fridge Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water (I keep my water filter in the fridge)
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup

deer chili instructions:

  • First, brown your 2 lbs. of ground meat.
A blue pot with ground deer meat in it.
  • Next, add chili powder, paprika, Tony’s, garlic powder, onion powder, and beef powder.
  • Then, stir the spices into the meat and let them warm up. You will be able to smell them.

  • Next, add the tomato sauces and can of Rotel.
A woman pouring in tomato sauce and showing you how to make deer chili.
  • Then add your filtered water.
  • Next, add your Ketchup.
  • Finally, taste your chili to see if it needs anything. You can adjust this recipe to your liking. If you think it needs more salt, pepper, garlic, onion, water, etc… then add it. Now is the time to customize it.
  • Bring the chili to boil and heat through.
A woman stirring a pot of deer chili.
  • It’s time to eat! We love to enjoy it with crackers and topped with cheese.
Deer chili in a bowl.

Deer Chili

Jessie & Seasonal, Southern Living in Spanish
This recipe is easy to make and so delicious! Great recipes don't have to be expensive to make or pretentious in nature. This chili is proof of that fact. It uses household ingredients and simmers on the stove until the flavor is just right. Perfect for topping fries, potatoes, hot dogs, and more! This chili is also perfect for eating with crackers as an entire meal. I know that this recipe will become your "go to" recipe for those Fall/Winter evenings when something hot and hearty is needed to fill you up!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Large Stock Pot with lid
  • Can Opener

Ingredients
  

  • 2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can of Rotel
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Tony’s Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Beef Powder
  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water I keep my water filter in the fridge
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup

Instructions
 

  • First, brown your 2 lbs of ground meat.
  • Next, add chili powder, paprika, Tony’s, garlic powder, onion powder, and beef powder.
  • Then, stir the spices into the meat and let them warm up. You will be able to smell them.Next, add the tomato sauces and can of Rotel.
  • Then add your filtered water.
  • Next, add your Ketchup.
  • Finally, taste your chili to see if it needs anything. You can adjust this recipe to your liking. If you think it needs more salt, pepper, garlic, onion, water, etc…then add it. Now is the time to customize it.
  • Bring the chili to boil and heat through.
  • It’s time to eat! We love to enjoy it with crackers and topped with cheese.

Notes

Deer Chili nutrition information:
This recipe makes 8 cups of chili. That means that you can have 1 cup of chili for 226 calories!
2 lbs. ground deer – 1,424 cal., 98 grams protein, 0 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar
3 Tbs. Chili powder – 72 cal., 3 grams protein, 12 grams carbs, 7 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar
1 Tbs. Onion powder – 24 cal., .5 grams protein, 5.5 grams carbs, .5 grams fiber, 2.5 grams sugar
1 Tbs. Garlic powder – 27 cal., 1.5 grams protein, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 1.5 grams sugar
1 can Rotel – 60 cal., 3 grams protein, 11 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar
2 cans tomato sauce – 140 cal., 7 grams protein, 28 grams carbs, 7 grams fiber, 21 grams sugar
1/2 Tbs. Beef powder – 7.5 cal., 0 grams protein, 1.5 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar
1 Tbs. Paprika – 18 cal., 1 gram protein, 3 grams carbs, 1.5 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar
2 Tbs. Ketchup – 40 cal., 0 grams protein, 10 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 8 grams sugar
GRAND TOTAL – 1,812.5 cal., 114 grams protein, 77 grams carbs, 21 grams fiber, 42 grams sugar
Keyword Chili, Deer

deer chili nutrition information:

This recipe makes 8 cups of chili. That means that you can have 1 cup of chili for 226 calories!

  • 2 lbs. ground deer – 1,424 cal., 98 grams protein, 0 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Chili powder – 72 cal., 3 grams protein, 12 grams carbs, 7 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Onion powder – 24 cal., .5 grams protein, 5.5 grams carbs, .5 grams fiber, 2.5 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Garlic powder – 27 cal., 1.5 grams protein, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 1.5 grams sugar
  • 1 can Rotel – 60 cal., 3 grams protein, 11 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar
  • 2 cans tomato sauce – 140 cal., 7 grams protein, 28 grams carbs, 7 grams fiber, 21 grams sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs. Beef powder – 7.5 cal., 0 grams protein, 1.5 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Paprika – 18 cal., 1 gram protein, 3 grams carbs, 1.5 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Ketchup – 40 cal., 0 grams protein, 10 grams carbs, 0 grams fiber, 8 grams sugar
  • GRAND TOTAL – 1,812.5 cal., 114 grams protein, 77 grams carbs, 21 grams fiber, 42 grams sugar

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