Wild Game Wednesday: Deer Chili

I love fall.
It is absolutely my favorite season.
I look forward all year to that special morning
when I step outside & the air has changed.

Almost overnight the pressure has shifted
& summer’s humidity has become crisp & cool.
On that wonderful morning
even the smell of the world is different.

It’s not just the weather that I look forward to.
For me, fall means:
-hiking
-bonfires
fire

bonfire boys
-s’mores
-scarves
-boots
-being outside
creek fall
-football
-beautiful leaves
fall chicken coop
-pumpkins
-mountain trips
-hunting
and of course…..chili

Around our house
chili is not something to be taken lightly.
We experiment, add “secret” ingredients,
& even have a family chili cook-off every year.

We like chili.

So since the first pot of the season
was made on our trip to the mountains last weekend,
I thought I would share one of our
favorite recipes.

This is great to throw together in the morning
& enjoy when you get home from work!

Deer Chili

3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 diced yellow onion
1 diced red bell pepper
2 lb ground venison (can substitute beef/turkey if you don’t hunt)
1 package fresh mushrooms
1 qt  (28oz) diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans
1 (15 oz) can chili magic beans
1 packet chili seasoning
If you like it a little spicy add jalapenos or your favorite hot sauce
(we like Frank’s-the hubs puts that **** on everything!)

garden tomatoes

I used canned tomatoes from the summer garden

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat
Cook onions & peppers until soft
Add mushrooms & meat
Cook until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon
Drain any excess grease
Pour the mixture into a crock pot
Add tomatoes & their juice, beans, and seasoning
Cook on low for 6-8 hours
Enjoy!!

Serving Suggestions

-top with sour cream & shredded cheddar cheese
-spread over baked potato
-eat with cheesy toast or cornbread

eating chili

The boys enjoying chili by the fire

fireside chili

What are some ways that you celebrate this wonderful season??
Share in the comments section below!

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