Deer Chili Beans

Deer Chili Beans

Chili is a favorite all over the world. We don’t know exactly where it came from or how long it’s been around, but we love chili so much that there’s a National and World Chili Championship and there’s even an International Chili Society. When a meal has its own society, you know it’s good!

Some people argue if chili should have beans or what kind of beans to use. Some say you have to use cubed beef and some say to use ground beef, and some are freaked out by the use of venison.

Some people argue about the different types of peppers or seasoning the chili should have. Some people smirk at the thought of using a chili pack from the grocery store, but I say to each their own. Smirk all you want–I’m using a chili pack!

Some argue that their state has the best and some argue that their granny’s chili is the best. Myself, I’ll eat it and leave the arguing to everyone else.

This takes about 5 hours in a crock-pot and about an hour and 20 minutes in a stock pot and serves 8 people.

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Deer Chili Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 3 quarts

Serving Size: 1.5 cup

Calories per serving: 494

Fat per serving: 17 g

Deer Chili Beans


  • 2 lbs of lean ground deer burger
  • 28 oz can of Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano
  • 28 oz can of Hunt’s® Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 4 15 oz cans of light red kidney beans
  • 2 packs (depending on how spicy you like it) of your favorite brand chili seasoning mix–or make your own
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the ground deer burger in your pan. I like to use my 16″ Presto electric skillet. I put the skillet on medium high heat. Break the burger into small pieces and constantly break it up with a spatula as it fries.
  2. While it’s frying, chop the onion and green bell peppers. Once the deer burger is done, remove it from the heat and drain the excess fat and then put the heat back on and throw the onions and peppers in the same pan. Let that fry for about 8 minutes and constantly stir.
  3. Now it’s time to add the kidney beans. If you like your kidney beans tender, add the beans and a cup of water to the mixture and let that cook for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. If you think the kidney beans are perfect straight out of the can, then go ahead and add the tomatoes, and seasoning to the mixture as well and don’t worry about the extra cooking time.
  5. After everything is mixed well, turn the heat down to a simmer. Stir occasionally and let it cook for about 45 minutes.

You can also fix this in a crock-pot. Here are the directions:

Place the ground deer burger in a crock-pot on high heat. Break the burger into small pieces. Pour in all of the canned tomatoes and stir with a fork until mixed well.

Add the kidney beans and stir gently. Let this cook for about 2 hours. Then add the chopped peppers, onions, and chili seasoning and cook for 3 more hours.

These deer chili beans are great with cornbread or saltine crackers. My family likes to eat a bologna sandwich or a peanut butter sandwich with it, but they are a bunch of weirdos!

If you have leftovers, it holds up well if you want to freeze them for another day or if you are into home canning, can your leftovers. It’s beautiful in the jar!

The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • Deer Chili Beans is very high in dietary fiber, protein, and vitamin C and high in potassium, vitamin A and iron.
  • It also might be a little high in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

Deer Chili Beans Nutrition Facts

Yields: 3 Quarts Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories 494 Calories from fat: 31%
% Daily Value*
 Total Fat 17 g 26%
 Saturated Fat 10 g 50%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
 Trans Fat 0 g
 Cholesterol 91 mg 30%
 Sodium 1371 mg 57%
 Potassium 715 mg 20%
 Total Carbohydrates 60 g 20%
 Dietary Fiber 15 g 62%
 Sugars 5 g
 Protein 44 g 88%
Vitamin A 27% Vitamin C 64%
Calcium 4% Iron 21%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

To make this dish more diet-friendly…

  • To help lower the cholesterol and fat use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger because that’s what most hunters use. You can use ground venison that has no fat added and it will still be good.
  • To help lower the sodium make your own chili seasoning and if it requires salt use a salt alternative or leave it out. Also, rinse your beans before cooking them and use tomatoes with no salt added.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Deer Chili Beans, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at

Bon Appétit

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