Well, tomorrow is the church Oyster Roast!! I am more than ready to go eat my $25 worth of the succulent yummy oysters. There is also a Chili Cook off and I entered, the winner gets a free massage (of the legal type of course, this is a church event).
There are going to be many healthy chili's there. I have heard speak of a couple of vegetarian entries, a couple of chicken or turkey chili's so I decided that we need something different!!! Our entry will be a Venison chili.
Venison was not something I grew up eating and as a matter of fact I had it for the first time a few years ago at a restaurant downtown. I am in love with it even though I did need to get over the whole Bambi thing. I assume you can go buy venison but we have been fortunate enough the past couple of years to make friends with folks that hunt and enjoy sharing their bounty! This year it is the boyfriend of our next door neighbor and he gave us 4 pounds of meat (3 ground and 1 looks like a roast of some type). At first I was going to bring a venison and black bean chili in a Mole sauce but the initial attempt pretty much wound up in the trash (yes it was that bad), the recipe I started with was for chicken and has cinnamon in it which is what I think did the whole thing in. So after that attempt it was decided that it would just be a plain venison and black bean chili. This makes a lot so if you try it you may need to cut the ingredients back to suit your needs (or you can just put it in freezer bags for later). I am also making a fairly mild chili for the masses, if you like it spicier go for it!!
Venison and Black Bean Chili
2 lbs ground venison
2 medium onions chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large can tomato sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 large can chopped tomatoes
1 cup medium salsa
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
In a large stockpot heat the olive oil, add the onions and the venison. Cook the venison thoroughly (the onions should be done when the meat is finished). Add the chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly than add the tomatoes and the salsa. Heat to boiling than reduce to a medium simmer. Let cook for many hours (I cooked mine on the stove for about 4 hours and than put it in the crock pot and let it go on low all night).
Chili is one of those foods that tastes better the second or third day and you could substitute any meat you want, I have made this with ground chicken before and it turned out great! If you are using a meat with more fat content (venison is very lean) you may need to cut down on the olive oil.
I will let you know how it goes!!