goHUNT recipe: Elk chili

Recipes from Joseph Romano: Part 1 of 3

We recently had the pleasure to sit down with renonwed chef, Joseph Romano to create a few wild game recipes, here is what he created for us.

With the majority of western hunts finishing up soon, we thought now would be the perfect time to release some great recipes for your recently-harvested big game meat. These are great recipes for anytime of the year. Here is the first recipe on elk chili using the meat from a bull elk that I harvested in Montana this year.


Elk chili ingredients

Elk Chili 
* Makes 6 servings 
2 lbsground elk
To tastesalt and pepper
2 (15 ounce) cansdark red kidney beans
2 (14.5 ounce) cansstewed tomatoes
1 tbsptomato paste
1 wholelarge white onion, chopped
2 stalkscelery, chopped
1 wholered bell pepper, chopped
2 tbspchili powder
1 tspground cumin
1 tspdried parsely
1 tspdried basil
1 dashworcestershire sauce
To garnishcheese, green onions and sour cream


Quick tips:

* Make sure the pan is smoking hot before you add your ground elk. You want the meat to brown not steam.
* As the water from the tomatoes evaporates, wipe the side of the pot down. This will prevent any tomato residue from burning. 


Browning the elk meat and grinding spices

1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground elk until evenly browned. Drain off grease and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cutting up vegetables

2. Cut the onion, celery and red bell pepper to the size of the kidney beans.

Adding chili powder

3. Season with chili powder, cumin, parsley, basil and worcestershire sauce.

Adding vegetables

4. In a slow cooker, combine the cooked elk kidney beans, tomatoes, celery, red bell pepper and onions.

Adding tomato sauce

5. Add the tomatoes and stir to distribute ingredients evenly.

Cooking the chili

6. Cook on low heat for 3 - 6 hours -- the longer you cook on low heat, the sweeter the chili is (this is due to water evaporation from the tomatoes). 

Stir periodically

7. Periodically stir the chili.

Finished bowl of elk chili

8. All done! Garnish with cheese, green onions, sour cream and enjoy.


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