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 15 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. Cannot get enough of this recipe! Absolutely love the rich flavor – and so does my family & all of our friends who I have shared a bowl with. I use red & yellow bell peppers and although I rarely add he zucchini I did like the batch I made with it in there. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. would love to make this. I have precooked ground elk in the fridge. should i still follow the recipe as above or should i adjust it due to the fact that my meat is already cooked…? looks delicious :) Thank you!

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