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Damn Good Deer Chili

So I've been in a walking cast for the past 7 weeks.  I broke my foot putting my daybed together by myself.  I'm impatient, and didn't want to wait for someone to come help me.  That will teach me...

This week I'm allowed to alternate the boot with running shoes, and next week I'm out all together. I was on a roll last Fall, feeling great after a few setbacks last year, and being in the boot really hasn't been fun.  I'm ready to get out and hit it hard (well, as hard as I'm allowed so not to get "rebooted").  I'll be blogging about my recovery and workouts, as well as what I'm doing to stay motivated while all my friends are running their spring races.

As I get back on track, I'm looking for some delicious recipes with lots of good protein to fuel my workouts.  I had some ground venison (yes, deer meat) in my freezer, and some veggies I wanted to use up.  So I went shopping for a few items, and this is the result.  

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Damn Good Deer Chili


1 lb Ground Meat (I used venison, but you can use beef, bison, turkey...)

1 large Onion, diced

3 cloves Garlic (add more or less to your taste), chopped

2 Tbl  Coconut Oil (or other cooking fat)

3 14.5 oz cans Diced Tomatoes

2  Bell Peppers, diced

10 oz  Mushrooms (about 2 cups diced)

1  Delicata Squash, seeded & chopped

3 Tbl Chili Powder

1 tsp  Chipotle Powder

1 tsp  Cinnamon

1 tsp  Cumin

1/2 c  Honey

Salt & Pepper, to taste


Heat coconut oil over medium high heat, and add onion and garlic.  Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add meat, and cook until heated through.

Place meat, onion and garlic into a slower cooker on Low Heat.  Top with the remaining ingredients and stir.  Cook in slow cooker for 6-8 hours on Low Heat.  

Serve & enjoy!


Feel free to use any ground meat you'd like- turkey, beef, bison...  Also, you can add or subtract veggies to suit your taste.  I love the delicata squash as it adds a delicious flavor to the chili- and there's no need to peel it!

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