Easy Crock Pot Chili with Venison and Pork

Don made the most amazing chili the other day. So amazing that I ate a bowl. Went back for another half bowl. Then had a few bites right out of the crock pot when I put my bowl in the sink. Then a few more bites later in the night when I was putting the leftovers in the fridge. It was that good folks. 🙂

I missed out on the preparation but picked his brain for the recipe. It’s not entirely paleo/primal so if you’re a strict follower, substitute where necessary.

Easy Crock Pot Chili with Venison and Pork (or your meat of choice)


  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 2 lb ground wild hog
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 cans of ranch style beans
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic paste
  • 2 heaping tbsp of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • salt and pepper, as desired


  1. Grind the meats together thoroughly with a meat grinder.
  2. Brown the meat on the stove, remove to crock pot.
  3. While the meat is browning, mix together the chili garlic paste, salsa, beef broth, and bbq sauce. Use mixture to deglaze the pan after removing the meat. Simmer for about 2 minutes then add to crock pot.
  4. Add coffee, chili powder, onion, bell pepper, corn meal, and ranch beans to crock pot. Mix well.
  5. Zest the lemon into the crock pot and cut in half and squeeze out all juice into crock pot. Mix well.
  6. Add some salt and pepper, as desired.
  7. Let cook on high for 3-5 hours, or low for longer.
  8. Try not to eat it all in one sitting. 🙂

Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.
~ Harry James

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