Recipes: Deer Chili – Slow Cooker or Not

 

Chili Tonite & Hot Tamale!

Chili Tonite & Hot Tamale!

 

It must be obvious to you by now that I gravitate towards chili recipes with colorful names.

Today is no exception; Buzzard’s Breath Chili is a fun name for a great bowl of red!

This recipe is unique for another reason. If you worry about the spices you add to chili, this one explains some spice uses – and this info carries over to other cooking. Enjoy!

Buzzard’s Breath Chili

8 lbs. venison or 6 lbs. venison and 2 lbs. chili grind pork

3 small cans tomato sauce (8 ounces each)

2 large onions, chopped

5 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

2 jalapeno peppers

Chili powder – about twice the label amount (I use between 1 & 2 Tbsp.)

Cumin – 2 tsp.

Oregano – 1/2 tsp.

Salt – to taste

Paprika – 1 to 2 tsp.

Cayenne Pepper – to taste

Masa harina- as needed

Beef stock – 1 quart

Chop venison into 3/8″ cubes, removing all gristle/visible fat. Add chili grind pork. Brown in an iron skillet – about 2 lbs. at a time, until gray in color.

Place all seared meat into a large cast iron chili pot, adding tomato sauce and equal amounts of water.  Add chopped onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers (wrapped in cheese cloth), and chili powder.

Simmer 20 minutes, then add ground cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne pepper to taste. As moisture is required, add homemade beef stock until the quart is used, then add water.

Simmer covered until meat is tender (approximately two hours), stirring occasionally, then add masa harina, to achieve desired thickness.

If needed, add paprika for color.  Cook 10 more minutes, correct seasoning to taste, discard jalapenos and serve. Small amount of cumin enhances aroma when added in the last 10 minutes. Makes 12 servings.

Notes:

  • Make chili as hot as preferred by varying cayenne pepper.
  • Too much oregano will deaden chili, use sparingly.
  • A thick, rich sauce is the secret of good chili; a good homemade beef stock guarantees the sauce.
  • Any personal additions to chili, such as beans, cheese, green onions, corn chips or crackers should be served separately, allowing each person his choice.
  • Any good chili powder should make this chili, but the best are those brands using California or New Mexico chilies.

Addendum: To make the original Buzzard’s Breath Chili, the creator advocates the addition of dried red ants to enhance the flavor, plus cigar ashes to achieve the proper thickness (yep, you read correctly – ants and cigar ashes. I just copy; I don’t create).

He also said that his chili should be prepared over an open cow-chip fire; however, local ordinances and EPA regulations often prohibit this.

What the creator didn’t mention: Add ~ 1/3 masa harina to ~ 1/2 cup hot water. Stir until it starts to expand, add to chili. Stir into chili. If you need more thickening, do it again.

Slow Cooker Directions: Sear meat and add to large cooker, adding tomato sauce and equal amounts of water.  Add chopped onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers (wrapped in cheese cloth).

Cook ~ 6 to 8 hours. One-half hour before finished, add all remaining spices to pot. Add masa harina, as specified above. Let simmer for half hour and remove jalapeno peppers (in cheese cloth) and serve.

(Copied from the Houston Chronicle, at least 15 years ago.)

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Recipe: Deer Chili in a Slow Cooker

 

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Chili for Chilly Weather!

 

This is a tried-and-true recipe for chili-heads. Actually it won the 1988 Chili Cook-Off in Potsdam, East Germany, sponsored by the US Military Liaison in Berlin.

Brazos River Bottom Killed-on-the-Road Texas Chili” – is a fairly unlikely title but was concocted by two brothers, Richard and Mark Beto of Brazos County.

The good news is that it is not necessary for your venison to be ‘road kill’ for this to taste GREAT! 😉   Enclosed are 3 ways of cooking; we enjoy the third — but 30 hours cooking isn’t always reasonable.

Brazos River Bottom Killed-on-the-Road Texas Chili

3 lbs. venison AND 1 lb. pork, coarsely ground or cubed

2 large white onions, chopped

8 garlic cloves, chopped, not pressed

2 (10 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies

2 (10 oz.) cans of water

1 cup chili powder (yes, 1 cup)

4 tsp. paprika

5 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 cup masa harina (Mexican corn flour)

Place meat, onions and garlic in a large pot or skillet and cook until the meat is browned.  Drain, if necessary.

Add the rest of the ingredients (EXCEPT the masa harina) and cook 1 and 1/2 hours. Mix masa harina with 1/2 cup HOT water and stir. Add this mixture to the pot and let it cook until the sauce thickens.

Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

Slow Cooker Directions: After searing meat, onions and garlic, add to slow cooker. Add all other ingredients EXCEPT masa harina. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. Add hot water mixed with masa harina and cook until thickened.

 

Richard’s Slow Cooker Directions: After searing meat, onions and garlic, add to slow cooker. Add all other ingredients EXCEPT masa harina. Cook on low for 30 hours (yes, thirty) hours. Add hot water mixed with masa harina and cook until thickened.

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While LBJ was president, Lady Bird Johnson gave this recipe to the newspapers – LBJ’s favorite chili recipe!

LBJ’S PERDERNALES RIVER CHILI

3 lbs. venison AND 1 lb. pork – cubed or coarsely ground

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp. oregano, crushed

1 tsp. cumin

2 Tbsp. chili powder

2 cans ROTEL canned tomatoes and green chilies (Hot, Original or Mild      – your choice)

2 cups water

Cayenne pepper, to taste

Sear meat in large, dry skillet until lightly browned. Add onion and garlic and saute.

Add seasonings, tomatoes, water and hot pepper. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 1 hour. Skim off any fat that accumulates. Serves 8 – 10.

Slow Cooker Directions: After browning meat, garlic and onion, put all ingredients EXCEPT seasonings (oregano , cumin, chili powder, cayenne powder) into pot. Cook on high 4 or 5 hours; low temperature = 8 hours. Add seasonings during the last 30 minutes.

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