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Sweet and Spicy Venison Chili

This venison chili recipe feeds a large crowd. It has a sweet and smoky flavor. If you don't have venison on hand, use ground beef, turkey or chicken! Feel free to adjust any of the spices based on your preference!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Sweet Onion- chopped
  • 1 Pepper- chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno - seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 lb Ground Venison
  • 3 Garlic Cloves- minced
  • 8 oz Mushrooms- chopped
  • 28 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 28 oz Vegetarian Baked Beans- do not drain
  • 16 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 8 oz Tomato Paste
  • 3 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar


  • In a large sauté pan or soup pot at medium, sauté onion, pepper, jalapeno, mushrooms and venison until vegetables are soft and meat is brown.
  • Add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • If using a crock pot, transfer mixture to crock pot.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetarian baked beans. Stir to mix together.
  • Add the spices: chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper and brown sugar. Stir to mix together.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours.
  • Serve with cornbread, shredded cheese, sour cream or tortilla chips!