Best Wild Game Chili

Triple Wild Game Chili

Chili seems to be a signature dish most often cooked up during the changing of the seasons. When the days get shorter, temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to change colors. So it only seems appropriate to share this chili recipe.

I’m calling this the Best Wild Game Chili because we are lucky enough to have three wild game meats in the fridge. I’m using ground pronghorn antelope, ground venison and ground elk slow cooked with a blend of savory and spicy ingredients. Of course, if you don’t have all of these game meats in your fridge, you can always substitute. If you prefer your chili with beans, go ahead and add a can of chili beans or kidney beans or even black beans.

Also, Thanks goes out to Weston Supply for letting us try their NEW Realtree Outfitters® 5 Qt. Camo Slow Cooker. The slow cooker kept the chili simmering to perfection… and besides that, it is the coolest Camo slow cooker I’ve ever seen!


  • 1 pound ground antelope
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 1 pound ground elk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounces beef broth
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 bay leaf


Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add butter, oil, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook until onions and bell pepper soften. Add ground venison, elk and antelope meat to pot cooking until browned. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir everything together. Remove mixture from heat and carefully add to a crock-pot. Set crock-pot to low heat and cook for 8-10 hours.

Serve the wild game chili with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped onion, red bell pepper, cilantro and crispy corn meal sticks.

Crispy Corn Meal Sticks

Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add a pinch of salt. Mix 1 1/4 cup yellow corn meal with 1 cup water. Add corn meal to the boiling water and reduce heat stirring until mixture thickens. Add a pinch of sugar, salt and chili powder. Spoon mixture into a 13×9 inch baking pan and cool in fridge for an hour. Slice cold corn meal, spray baking sheet with non-stick spray and place cut corn meal sticks on sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, gently turn over and bake another 10 minutes until crispy and browned.

Triple Wild Game Chili

Heat large stock pot over medium heat and add butter, oil, onion, peppers and garlic. Saute until onions become soft and translucent. Add ground antelope, venison and elk meat. Cook until browned.

Triple Wild Game Chili

Add remaining ingredients to crock pot, stir together and set on low for 8-10 hours.

Triple Wild Game Chili

Bake Corn Meal Sticks at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, turn and continue to bake for 10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

Triple Wild Game Chili

Serve triple wild game chili with sour cream, onion, red bell pepper, cilantro and crispy corn meal sticks.

Triple Wild Game Chili

The Best Wild Game Chili


  • Reply October 14, 2017

    Charles Watkins

    I made this chili with elk, antelope, venison, and a pound of super lean beef to make it a little more meaty. I also used a blackberry wine in mine instead of the traditional red to give it a little sweet with the spice. It has won first place in two different chili cook-offs I have taken it to.

  • Reply October 14, 2016


    I like to put stew sized pieces of meat in my chili. I have antelope round steak generously given to me. Can I use it just like I would use beef stew meat?

  • Reply September 2, 2016


    Can I substitute the red wine with something else? The recipe looks wonderful!

    • Reply September 2, 2016


      April – of course. I would substitute another 28-oz can of crushed tomatoes for the red wine. Hope you give it a try… Let me know how it turns out and if you did anything different. I’m always looking for new ways to cook up wildgame! Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

      • Reply September 2, 2016


        Thanks! 🙂 So many of your recipes on your webpage look amazing. Just discoved them not long ago. I tried your elk tacos with the roasted corn and red bell pepper salsa and wow, it’s been a hit with so many people! 🙂

    • Reply September 25, 2016


      Thanks for the great recipe. I used Elk; Pronghorn; and some upland bird…it was fantastic. Best Chili I have ever made and it got rave reviews from a large group of seasoned hunters and cooks!!

      • Reply September 28, 2016


        That’s so awesome! Thank you for your feedback. We just got back from a cow elk hunt so we’ve been a little busy here. Thank you again, Kristy

  • Reply April 15, 2016

    Benjie Shaw

    How many servings does the chili recipe yield?

  • Reply March 10, 2016

    Florian Schwartz

    This food looks super great. I am a big time hunter and love my wild game. I look forward to seeing more of your stuff

    • Reply March 10, 2016


      Thanks Florian. I always appreciate hearing feedback from folks! Kristy

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