Introduction: Venison (or Beef) Chili
How to tastefully use up those weird bits of meat in the back corner of your freezer.
Step 1: Prepare Vegetables
2 onions, chopped
handful hot peppers, chopped
3-4 stalks celery, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped'
2 carrots, finely chopped
Add the above ingredients to a large oiled pot, and stir over medium heat.
Step 2: Add Meat and Beans
I wanted to use up some slightly freezer-burned venison cube steak found at the bottom of my chest freezer. Chili is a great way to use up mystery meat, especially as a simmered stew with complex flavors does a nice job of hiding freezer burn or other inadequacies. In any case, chili is just good.
So, add your meat: chop chunks of meat, shread cube steak, or just dump in ground meat. Here I'm manually shredding the cube steak.
Dump in 2-3 cans of beans. I've used black and pinto for this chili.
Step 3: Add Tomatoes and Seasonings
Add roasted tomatoes, chopped fresh tomatoes, or a can of chopped tomatoes.
Add a big handful of chopped garlic , lots of chili powder, and some oregano, then simmer for a while to cook off the extra tomato water. Check and stir as necessary.
When it's cooked down sufficienty, add a big handful of chopped cilantro.
Step 4: Season and Serve
Add salt, pepper, and additional seasonings to taste. I added some Worchestershire sauce and lime juice.
Serve hot, with a big pile of grated cheese for topping.
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