Spicy Elk Chili

So I know I have been posting a metric crap ton of dessert and treat recipes lately, but bare with me because it is that time of year and I am also way more creative with baked goods when I am stressed.  I think it is my inner food monster craving sweets and chocolate so I justify it to myself by saying I am being creative for all of you.  It is ok though, I have figured out a remedy, I make these desserts, I taste one, and then I deliver the rest to one of the Crossfit gyms near me or my friends coffee shop and voila, I am safe and you are satisfied.  If I didn’t do that, I would look like Ben Stiller at the end of dodgeball (if you don’t get that reference, you should find it).  Anyways, this one is not a dessert, but a DELICIOUS chili that you can substitute the elk with some ground beef or bison or any combination you choose.  Either way, it will be delicious.  Also, just to answer a question in advance, I got this Elk from my friends at Cook Pigs Ranch, but they do not sell it and I do not know where you can find some except a hunters freezer which I have been looking for since eating this.

Spicy Elk Chili

I really want to explode my thoughts out into this post, but some of the rules I have implemented for myself this past week to combat the stress I am not going to talk about that are preventing that current rant are:

1.  All electronics off 1 hour before I plan on falling asleep (which is normally 930ish so I am currently 48 minutes into breaking my own rule)

2.  I need to read for at least 30 minutes per day (because I can not have my brain turning to mush and need to continue to learn big words to entertain you all)

3.  I am going to take my own advice on food which means as much as I love eating meat and bacon, I need to eat more veggies.  So thanks to my friend Mark Sisson I will be implementing a Big ASS salad into my meals daily and I just so happen to find an amazing Paleo Salad dressing company that I will utilize.  You can find Tessemae’s HERE.

Now that you know some of my rules, and I am not 51 minutes into breaking my own rule, this post will conclude with me saying, enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to go out of your way to make someone smile today.

5.0 from 13 reviews
Spicy Elk Chili
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Serves: 3-4
  1. Preheat a dutch oven or large stock pot over medium heat
  2. Add in a cooking fat of your choice, like always I used 3 tablespoons of bacon fat
  3. Add in your onions and sweat them for about 10 minutes or until translucent
  4. Add in your peppers and zucchini and sauté for another 5 minutes
  5. Stir in your ground elk meat and all the spices and mix well, stir every minute or so for 7-9 minutes until your elk is cooked
  6. Add your tomato sauce, fire-roasted tomatoes, and cinnamon stick and stir well
  7. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for at least 45 minutes
  8. Serve hot and enjoy
  1. Combine all the above ingredients in your crock pot and mix well
  2. Turn on low and let cook for 8 hours
  3. Serve and enjoy

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  1. I’m so excited to try this! My favorite restaurant had a spicy elk chili, but they stopped making it.. This sounds great!!

  2. I am excited to make this for a chili cook off for my sons football banquet but I don’t have a cinnamon stick can I sub powder cinnamon?

  3. Absolutely delicious!!! This is the only chili we make now. We have used venison, beef, turkey; and all turn out great. Also love the amount if veggies in here that my husband and kids don’t even realize they are getting! Thank you for posting this recipe.

  4. Wow… what an incredible dish! I made mine with bison and it was AWESOMENESS! I made sure to have leftovers for lunch today… THAT’s how good it was :)

    Thanks so much for the recipe!


  5. This is so good! I have made it twice now. I will be very sad when all the ground elk is gone from the freezer! I told my husband he needs to shoot a bigger one next time. :) Thanks for the great recipes. I also love the Banana bread recipe. I make it almost every week. Even my VERY picky 10-year-old loves it! Oh, and I just made the spicy pineapple chili last night. So good. I added some kale and zucchini because I am always trying to think of ways to get extra veggies in.

  6. So glad I found your website and especially this recipe! I have 90 lbs. of ground elk in our freezer and cannot wait to make this! THanks!!!

  7. I made this with wild boar. OMG, it was so good. My husband said it was the best chili he’s ever had. My two teenage boys loved it. Thanks for a great recipe! I can’t wait to try others.

  8. Do you brown the ground elk before it goes in the crock pot? I want to make this for dinner. I’m excited to try it.

  9. I’ve been working non-stop this holiday season and this recipe was a lifesaver. I didn’t have elk, or grass-fed beef, but I did have a pound of kangaroo, which really complemented the various spices. I also added some smoked paprika and mushrooms to the mix and it was absolutely delicious (especially when served with some cauliflower “rice” to soak up all the amazing flavors). After singing for 7 hours out in the cold, this pretty much saved my voice. I really can’t thank you enough! What you do for everyone by providing these recipes is truly amazing (and I sincerely mean that). Best wishes and have a spectacular holiday season!

    1. Samantha I am so glad you loved it. Even happier it saved your voice cause we don’t want me singing to the world haha. I hope you enjoy many more recipes and I appreciate the support

  10. Made this last night. Wholey moley….. freaking amazing! Needless to say, it was demolished and I’ve added a new staple recipe to my kitchen. I LOVE how easy it is to make!! Thanks for an amazing recipe! Oh, and my hubby thanks you too. :)

  11. I got your recipe email for the Spicy Elk Chili. I wanted to make it right away because any kind of chili is in my wheelhouse. I had no Elk (something I feel most of us could say on most days) so I used grass-fed ground beef. I had no zucchini but I did have a husband who was willing to stop and get it on his way home. Yeah! So I made it and it was delicious, even better the next day. I was tentative with the cayenne pepper (and not too sure of its birth date) so next time I’m going to add more or buy new cayenne pepper.

  12. Made this Monday night, I used bison instead of elk. So Yummy!! My 8 & 9 year olds scarfed it down too. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  13. Made this Monday night. I didn’t have elk, but did have bison. So yummy!!! My 8 & 9 year olds scarfed it down too! Thanks for all of the great recipes!!

  14. It just occurred to me how long its been since I have had chili. Thank you for reminding me about this! I guess I’m gonna have to try this now. The elk sounds super interesting. I will let you know how it goes when I try it.

      1. Well. I was able to obtain elk from my uncle and I made this. And I this is by far one of the best chlis I have ever eaten. The flavors were super balanced, it wasn’t too spicy and it wasn’t too chili tasting, it was just right. I’m definitely going to adapt this and use this recipe more often but with more obtainable meats. But It was worth using the elk because it gave it a really unique flavor. Thank you so much George!

  15. That looks super tasty! I have a chili going now but haven’t added the spices yet. I think I should go with this one however maybe add some more spicy because it has to be hot for my tastes. LOL! I am missing the zucchini though. Bummer.

  16. Literally eating it with grassfed ground beef as I type! It’s delicious- great flavor. I will however add more zuccinni, bell pepper, and onion for texture and it’s always good to get more veggies! :) Thanks for yet another great recipe! :)

        1. It was not ground moose it was just a big hunk of moose, so I cubed it and made the recipe, minus the zucchini and spicy parts, annnnd it was awesome! The cinnamon I would have never thought of but now I will never make chili without it! Thanks for the recipe!!

  17. Not lucky enough to have elk in the freezer, I’ll substitute with ground venison and give it a try. I hear elk is even more delicious – they’re just hard to come by. Cheers ~ Conny

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