For a bit healthier version of chili, make deer meat and turkey chili. Refried beans add good flavor, thickness, and fiber of course (and it really stretches this dish). It’s a long list of ingredients, but it’s easy and most are spices.
Of course, now I’m thinking Macaroni and Cheese would be great with this, on game day. Kind of blows the whole healthier version of chili!
For other game day recipes try the slider (little sandwich / burger) recipes, Ham and Salami Sliders or Beef Sliders. Then there’s always Potato Skin Antipasto – I’m making this one for sure. For more ideas go to Appetizers in the recipe section.
Deer Meat and Turkey Chili
- 3 TBSP olive oil (and I mixed coconut oil with it)
- 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (optional)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 lb ground deer meat
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 lb lean ground beef (optional)
- 1 (10 oz) can tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1/3 cup chili powder*
- 3 TBSP ground cumin
- 1 TBSP granulated garlic powder
- 1 TBSP granulated onion powder
- 1 TBSP ground coriander
- 1 TBSP smoked paprika
- 1 TBSP dried oregano
- 1 tsp cocoa (pure cocoa is bitter and you need this for depth of flavor)
- 1 (1 lb 15 oz) can refried beans (a lot of refried beans)
- 2-3 cups beef broth and/or beer
- Salt and pepper (I also used Adobo seasoning)
- In a large pan, heat oil on medium.
- Add onion and cook until almost done, then stir in garlic.
- Let cook a minute or two, then add the meat. Stir and break it up. Continue cooking until meat starts to brown.
- Now stir in the rest of the ingredients, combine well, and simmer for 45-60 minutes to mellow the flavor. Stir occasionally. Sometimes I use picante, instead of other tomato products.
- *The amount of spices will be determined by the type of chili powder you use, and your taste.
- Use chopped scallions for garnish, and then there's always sour cream and grated cheddar (or just have mac and cheese!). And If you have extra calories to spend, serve it on mashed potatoes. I know it's kind of a northern thing, but it's really good comfort food.