Texas Chuck Wagon Chili (with Venison or Beef) Recipe

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250 mins (prep 15, cooking 235)
13 ingredients
I originally made this with chuck roasts that I would trim out and dice into 1/4 inch cubes. Yes, you will form a blister or two - but it is well worth it. In 1987, this chili, I'm pleased to say, was judged best by members of the Chicago Fire Department in a Chicago Chili Cookoff. This is truly a Texas Chuck Wagon Chili: no tomatoes no beans. Condiments were served a la carte - (Mexican) cheese, chopped jalapenos, cilantro and (Mexican) sour cream. I garnished the dish with slices of Maple Bacon Cornbread. Blue ribbon. This is not for the faint of heart and requires slow cooking over a med-low heat for a long time. I use venison most of the time now, and my ground venison is mixed with suet. It has the flavor of the finest organic Angus beef. This is based on a Texas ranch recipe. No cattle drive ever had a tomato or celery on the trail. It may sound like a lot of spices, and it is, but you need to let it cook down and the flavors to really marry and mellow, which they will. Beans are a side dish with their own recipe. This chili will get your attention at first, then back away and leave a most pleasant taste that should bring you back for more. This is the ONLY way I make a chuckwagon chili for myself and certain friends. Of course, a great variation is to deglaze the pan and meat with 1 C red wine (like a Merlot) and dry it out a bit, then add the spices. For a milder chili, cut the cayenne - not the chili powder - back to your taste. The last 1/2hr, you may want to add a drained and rinsed 30oz can of black beans, or just add a scoop of heated black beans to each bowl and garnish each bowl with some chopped cilantro. It freezes well. Just sayin'...

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Serving Size (176.13 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 1462.53 Calories from Fat 1441.98
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 160.22g 1971.9%
Saturated Fat 89.06g 3562.28%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 115.67mg 308.45%
Sodium 309.24mg 103.08%
Total Carbohydrate 2.28g 6.09%
Dietary Fiber 0.84 g 26.9%
Sugars 0.09 g %
Protein 2.84g 45.48%
Vitamin A 50.61IU% Vitamin C 0.79mg%
Calcium 22.04mg% Iron 0.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
ground venison, corn meal, c, cold, c, cold