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Delicious Elk Chili

Delicious Elk Chili

Elk Chili is one of our go-to meals! It's so easy, can be made in the crockpot or served after cooking in a skillet. Use up that ground meat and serve a delicious meal that will pack a protein punch. 


  • Tbsp olive oil (Divided)
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add onion and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour onions and garlic into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat and add the elk. Cook stirring occasionally until meat has browned.
  • Pour browned elk into slow cooker.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 - 6 hours.
  • Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve warm with desired toppings.


1 comment

Like Dan often says, it’s legit.! Granted I mix in 20% beef with my ground elk, it was excellent and I’m sure it would still be amazing with 100% elk. Look forward to more cooking recipes.


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