Taste Tested: Venison Chili

The weather outside may be warming, but this harsh winter season has still got us chilled. A� This week, we’re kicking this thaw into high gear with a rich and fiery bowl of venison chili.


“Chili is one of those dishes that can be done a zillion ways, and a recipe that never needs to be assembled the same way twice. A�Vegetarian. Beef and bean. A�Chunky, spicy, creamy, slow-cooked, quick, or even eat-the-bowl deliciousness – the possibilities are endless! A�For this batch, I went classic with a twist. A�The wild venison is lean yet full of flavour, while the coffee and dark ale create a rich sauce, kicked up by as few or as many peppers as you like. A�The best bit for me though is the minimal prep time. A�Chop your veggies, brew the coffee, throw it in all in your stewing pot and watch it bubble to delicious.”


Recipe: Venison Chili

Serve with a few slices of crusty bread and grated, aged Ontario cheddar for topping.


  • 1 lb Ontario ground venison
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium Ontario onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves Ontario garlic, minced
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Ontario dark beer, plus more for sipping (I usedA�Hockley Dark)
  • 1 cup strong Ontario roasted coffee
  • 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 (15 oz) cans kidney beans
  • 4 Ontario chili peppers, chopped


  1. Heat oil.
  2. Cook onions, garlic, and meat until just brown. Venison dries out quicker than beef, be sure not to overcook here
  3. Add tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste, and beef broth.
  4. Add spices and stir in 2 cans of kidney beans and the peppers.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours (cue beer).
  6. Add remaining cans of kidney beans and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hour(s) 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8


About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!


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