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Brand25 Partner Spotlight: Use the venison in your freezer to create these awesome winter recipes from Crooked Bend!

With deer hunting season now behind us, the focus is now on making it through the cold, long winter and prepare and for the fall when we can return to the field.

So, what to do in that meantime?

Obviously, by utilizing our optimized food plot blends and mixes for deer hunting you were able to notch a successful trip and have a freezer stocked full of venison. With its lean meat and texture, venison is a perfect option for meals to bundle up with inside while you avoid the arctic air outside.

First up is a staple of the first few months of the calendar, a venison chili.

You’ll need:

– cooking spray

– 1 pound of ground venison

– 1 cup of chopped sweet onion

– 1 cup of chopped green bell peppers

– 4 garlic cloves, minced

– 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded

– 2 tablespoons of chili powder

– ½ teaspoon of salt

– ½ teaspoon of ground cumin

– ½ teaspoon of ground red pepper

– ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper

– 1 can of diced tomatoes

– 1 can of chicken broth

– 1 can of tomato paste

– 1 can of red kidney beans


First, heat a cooking pot like a Dutch Oven or something similar over medium to high heat. Coat the pan with the spray. Add the venison and cook for roughly three minutes until it is browned. It should begin to crumble. Remove the venison and keep warm.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions, bell and jalapeno peppers and garlic. Cook for about ten minutes before stirring in the chili powder, salt, cumin, and ground pepper. Re-add the venison along with the diced tomatoes, broth and tomato paste. Stir the mixture until it is well combined and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover the pan, allowing it to simmer for 30 minutes.

Add in the kidney beans and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before serving.

If desired, add sour cream, cheddar cheese and oyster crackers when serving. You could make this recipe a day before and stick it in the fridge before reheating in a microwave or stovetop when ready. Also, a 12 ounce can of light beer can be added to this recipe if desired, either replacing the chicken stock or added in addition.

Check back next month for another AWESOME venison recipe to help you through the winter months! In the meantime, while enjoying a bowl (or two) of this great chili, check out some of the latest seed mixes we have to provide high tonnage of quality foliage for your wildlife! All of our food plot seed blends can be utilized in no till, traditional or buffalo system planting methods.

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(written by Timothy Pontzer)

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