Spicy (or not) Moose Chili

Moose chili is one of my families favourite winter meals. It's soul warming and hearty to carry you though the dull (and dark) winter days, where the nights are long and the days are short. Whip this dish up and serve it to a crowd on any night for dinner. You will have a lot of appreciative folks at your table.

Spicy Moose Chili in a Dutch OvenSpicy Moose Chili

The following recipe may be too spicy for some. So limit the amount of red chili peppers and chili powder to spice it up the way you like it.

Ingredients for Moose Chili

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (or what ever oil you prefer)
  • 1 - large onion - chopped
  • 5 - cloves garlic - chopped or crushed
  • 2 - pounds of ground moose meat
  • 2 - 14 ounce (398 ml) tomato sauce
  • 1 - 28 ounce (796ml) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 - small can tomato paste
  • 1 - 540 ml (14 ounce) can white kidney beans - drained
  • 1 - 540 ml (14 ounce) can black beans - drained
  • 1 - 540 ml (14 ounce) can chick peas (garbanzo) - drained
  • 8 - medium fresh Mushrooms
  • 1/2 - green bell pepper - chopped
  • 1/2- red bell pepper - chopped
  • 3 - red chili peppers - diced
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 - tablespoon diced parsley
  • 1 - tablespoon diced thyme
  • 1 - teaspoon of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to cook the Moose Chili

In a 5 quart or larger Dutch Oven add your cooking oil (in our case coconut oil) and heat over a medium heat. Add onions and sauté them until they are opaque and softened. At this point add the garlic and continue to sauté for a few minutes. Be sure to not burn the garlic.

Add the moose meat to the Dutch oven, cooking and stirring until the meat is browned.

While the meat is browning, in a blender combine the tomato sauce and mushrooms and blend to a finely chopped consistency (not purée).

Once the meat has browned, combine the tomato sauce mushroom mixture, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, black beans and chick peas. Increase the temperature and heat until boiling.

At this point you will want to add the: green pepper, red pepper, chili peppers, parsley, thyme, salt & pepper, sugar and wine.
Cover and simmer for at least one hour.

While simmering, make up a batch of cornbread and brown basmati rice to serve with your moose dish.

Cornbread is a great match for a hearty winter meal such as this.

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