Cabernet Grill's Venison Black Bean Chili

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Cabernet Grill's Venison Black Bean Chili

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Who's hungry?! This venison chili from Executive Chef Ross Burtwell of the Cabernet Grill is a hit in the Hill Country. Try these simple steps at home today, and watch how it comes together here...


  • 2 Tablespoon  salad oil          
    2 1/2 pounds
     ground venison (chili grind)
  • 1 Tablespoon  salad oil
  • 3 strips  bacon, ¼ inch dice
  • 1 cup  yellow onion, ¼ inch dice
  • 1 cup  poblano, ¼ inch dice
  • 2  fresh jalapenos, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon  fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup  dark chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon  ground cumino
  • 2 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  •  tomatoes
  • 2  ancho chiles
  • 2 Tablespoon  flour
  • 2 Tablespoon  masa harina
  • 5 cups  venison, chicken or beef stock
  • 1 cup  cooked black beans
  • kosher salt
  • toasted pepitas
  • grated pepper jack cheese

Recipe Info

  1. Place the salad oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat and add the venison in two batches, if needed so as not to overcrowd the pan. Brown the meat fully and remove from the pan to a colander to drain off any excess fat.

  2. Bring the saucepan back up to medium heat and add the remaining salad oil and bacon. Cook the bacon stirring frequently until it begins to brown slightly on its edges.

  3. Add the onions, poblanos, jalapenos and garlic to the bacon and cook until the vegetables begin to turn translucent. Do not allow the vegetables to brown.

  4. Meanwhile, remove the cores from the tomatoes and place on a grill or under a broiler. Cook the tomatoes until the skin begins to blacken and crack. Place the ancho chiles with the tomatoes on the grill and toast lightly until they become fragrant.
  5. Remove the tomatoes and ancho chiles from the grill and discard the stems and seeds from the chiles. Place tomatoes and chiles in a food processor while they are still hot and pulse until well pulverized. Reserve this mixture.

  6. In the sauce pan and the chili powder, cumino, black pepper, flour and masa harina and saute with the vegetables briefly until the mixture becomes fragrant.

  7. Stir in the stock a little at a time using a whisk to avoid making lumps. Add tomato and chile mixture. After all the stock has been added to the saucepan, place the cooked venison in the pot as well and bring to a to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and simmer for one to two hours stirring occasionally, until meat is very tender.

  8. Add black beans to the pot and adjust seasoning accordingly with kosher salt. Garnish with toasted pepitas and pepper jack cheese.

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