Venison Beer Chili

Venison Beer Chili

This slow cooked venison chili gets its tang from a bit of beer! This chili is made in the slow cooker, giving this chili ample time to simmer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil divided
  • 1 lb. ground venison
  • 1 lb. mild sausage
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 15oz can kidney beans drained
  • 1 15oz can black beans drained
  • 2 15oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 12oz bottle of pilsner-style beer


  • In large skillet, heat 1 tsp oil over medium heat. Add venison and sausage and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle. Remove from pan and place into slow cooker.
  • Add remaining oil to skillet and add onion, jalapeño, and garlic cloves. Cook 3 minutes and add chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Cook for another 3 minutes to toast spices. Add to slow cooker.
  • To slow cooker, add kidney beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, salt, and the beer. Stir to combine. Set to low and cook for 8-10 hours.


Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and a side of crackers.
If long slow cooking ain't your thing, bump the slow cooker up to high and cook 4-6 hours.

Perfect Pairing

Wash down your chili with a refreshing ginger shandy.
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