Venison Slow Cooker Chili

The weather is turning here in the Midwest, and with colder temperatures brings the need for easy recipes in my slow cooker! This venison slow cooker chili is the perfect meal to prep in the morning and let cook all day. It will be ready for you and your family when you get home from work! If you need a reason to use up some of that venison in the freezer, give this recipe a try.

Why you’ll love this hamburger slow cooker meal

  • For the same reason we all love slow cooker meals, the are so easy! All you need is a pound of venison and a whole bunch of veggies. Top that off with a few seasonings and in a few short hours, you have chili!
  • I used venison for this recipe, simply because my husband is a hunter and we always have lots of venison around. You can certainly sub with ground beef, should you so choose. However, if you are looking for a great way to eat venison, this is it. I have friends who aren’t fans of venison and will still eat this chili.
  • My secret ingredients in this chili are a little Worcestershire sauce and some red wine! The umami flavor of both of those ingredients takes this chili to the next level.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

One thing I love about this recipe is that you need minimal kitchen tools to make it. I love a recipe that can be thrown together in no time, and ready by the time I get home from work. This recipe also freezes really well! So be sure to make a big batch and save some for later.

  • Frying pan – for browning your venison. Be sure to cook your venison before putting in your slow cooker. I do this so the meat is ground finely, and doesn’t clump together if you were to put it in the slow cooker raw. However, this is not imperative. You certainly could break up the meat into chunks and put it in the slow cooker raw. It will cook long enough.
  • Knife – for chopping all of your veggies.
  • Cutting board – again, for chopping.
  • Slow cooker – the most important tool of them all! I love a slow cooker in the fall months. The days are short (even shorter than they normally are), and it’s awesome having dinner ready when you walk in the door after a busy work day.

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Ground Venison – You can also substitute with ground beef, but if you are like me and you or your husband hunts, you might be trying to clear out your freezer from last year’s hunting season to make room for another deer this year!
  • Veggies – I love this chili because you use a lot of veggies, and they cook down making the most delicious sauce. You can really put whatever veggies you want in this! I use green bell pepper, onion, mushroom and canned tomatoes.
  • Garlic – I like to throw a few cloves of fresh garlic into this as well, because who doesn’t love garlic?
  • Tomatoes – I use a can of fired roasted diced tomatoes and also a can of crushed tomatoes for the base. Again, these cook down so much and make a delicious, thick sauce.
  • Seasonings – I always use seasoned salt, crushed red pepper flakes, chili powder and garlic powder.
  • The Secret Ingredients – My secret ingredients for chili are just a little Worcestershire and red wine. The flavors combine and cook down with the veggies for an extra bold kid.
  • Honey – Depending on the tomatoes you use, the sauce can be a little acidic. If that’s the case, you can cut the acid by adding a little honey or even a dash of BBQ sauce.
  • Toppings – I like to top my chili with red onion and cheese. This time, I used mozzarella cheese, but cheddar is also a great choice. If I have it, a little dollop of sour cream is a great addition too.

How to make this venison chili:

Step 1. In a frying pan, brown the ground venison.

Step 2. Put all ingredients into the slow cooker and cover. Let cook on high for about an hour, then stir. Let cook on high for another 4 hours, at least. The longer the better!

Step 3. Serve with your favorite chili toppings.

FAQs about ground venison

How healthy is ground deer meat?

Although venison provides slightly more cholesterol than some other types of meat, the difference is negligible. Furthermore, venison contains fewer calories and less saturated fat than other varieties of red meat, including beef, pork, and lamb. Therefore, it can fit into a heart-healthy diet if enjoyed in moderation.

What are the health benefits of ground venison?

Venison is high in essential amino acids and in addition, a rich source of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, and zinc. Venison meat is a perfect choice of protein for those who suffer from cardiovascular disease and are searching for low cholesterol and saturated fat protein choices.

What part of the deer is good for ground venison?

Ground venison is a healthy, delicious alternative to ground beef that can be used in a huge variety of recipes. It’s a low cost option for chefs to add this exciting meat to their menus. It’s made from grinding the boneless neck & shoulder with some of the deer’s (very limited) fat to achieve a 95% Lean, 5% Fat blend.

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Venison Slow Cooker Chili

Venison slow cooker chili is so perfect for the fall months.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 slow cooker
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Knife


  • 1 lbs ground venison ground beef works too
  • 15 ounces can fire roasted tomatoes diced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes can
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 8 oz baby Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp honey optional to cut the acid of the tomatoes


  • In a frying pan, brown the ground venison.
  • Put all ingredients into the slow cooker and cover. Let cook on high for about an hour, then stir. Let cook on high for another 4 hours, at least. The longer the better!
  • Serve with your favorite chili toppings.
Keyword chili, easy soup, slow cooker, slow cooker chili, venison chili

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