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bowl of venison chili with beer

Best Venison Chili

Rachel Riesgraf
Easy, hearty and crazy delicious venison beer chili is the perfect cozy dinner for a cold night! Venison chili is made using ground venison and can be cooked on the stove or in the crockpot. Serve with your favorite chili toppings and Easy Buttery Beer Bread!
5 stars
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner / Lunch
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 12-ounce light beer
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 16-once can chili beans
  • 1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 16-ounce can pinto beans, drained
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, thinly sliced green onion

Chili seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes then add the ground venison. Cook until the venison is no longer pink and lightly browned.
  • Mix in the garlic and tomato paste and cook one minute.
  • Add in the beer, beef broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and chili seasoning; mix to combine.
  • Mix in the beans and simmer uncovered for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and my easy buttery beer bread!


How to Make Venison Beer Chili in the Crock Pot:
  • Follow steps 1-2 then transfer the mixture to the crockpot.
  • Add the remaining ingredients as directed in the recipe above. 
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3.
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